The Future of Weight Loss: 6 Fascinating Devices That Can Help You Shed Pounds

Successful weight loss has a lot to do with being aware of and changing your behaviors, and it was clear at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year that there's no shortage of electronic devices to help you do that. In my 15 years of helping people lose weight, I've seen tons of different tools and tricks. And while you can definitely drop pounds without a device, I think gadgets can make weight loss much more interesting, fun, and easy. The devices that have potential to be especially revolutionary are those that track things other than the calorie content of your food — they also track behaviors and responses that have a big effect on your weight and how you lose it. Here are six of my favorites:

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1 Beddit Smart Sleep Tracker

Numerous studies show that lost sleep can lead to gained pounds. There are many wearables that track sleep, but they can be uncomfortable to actually spend the night in. Beddit is a thin, lightweight strip that you place right under your bed sheet — no sensors on your body needed. The unobtrusive device tracks small vibrations made by your heartbeat, breathing, and movements and then delivers to you an extensive list of data, including sleep quality, total sleep time, how long it took you to fall asleep, sleep cycles, how often you got up, plus snoring (it can even tell yours from your partner's), and more. Seeing how you're sleeping (or not) helps you make adjustments so you can reap the benefits of a good night's rest.

Grab it at Beddit.com for $149.




2 HidrateSpark Water Bottle

It's fairly common for people to overeat because they think they're hungry when they're actually thirsty. Meet the water bottle that tracks how much (or how little) water you drink. It syncs to an app (compatible with both iOS and Android) that recommends a customized water goal for you each day and sends reminders to keep you on track. Falling behind? The bottle itself (24 ounces, BPA-free, and dishwasher safe) glows to let you know. It's the lightest weight and most attractive option I saw at CES, and it even has its own GPS so you can find it if you accidentally leave it at the gym.

Grab it on HidrateSpark.com in March for $59.95.

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3 iHealth Core Wireless Scale

The iHealth Core goes beyond the standard measurements of weight and body fat to give you details that are important to get the whole weight loss picture, such as BMI, body water weight, lean mass, visceral fat, and bone mass. Why should you care about all those data? Because it gives you a sense of what kind of weight you're losing — is it water weight or muscle mass? Are you reducing weight and adding muscle? These nuances illuminate your real weight-loss process over time. With its sleek design and easy setup, the iHealth Core provides a complete assessment of your body composition. All is seamlessly supported by an impressive free app.

Grab it on iHealthLabs.com for $129.

4 Muse Headset

Shedding stress can help you shed pounds, too. Meditation is one way to diminish stress, and the Muse personal meditation assistant helps people begin or expand their meditation habits — especially those who like a little coaching. Its lightweight, digital headband uses EEG technology to give you real-time feedback on what's happening in your brain as you meditate. It teaches you the essentials of meditation and provides milestones and rewards to motivate you to commit to a daily practice. The Muse connects wirelessly to an easy-to-use phone/tablet app.

Grab it on ChooseMuse.com for $299.

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5 Spire

Monitor your tension level and you may be able to head off a trip to the vending machine or cookie jar long before it happens. Spire's unobtrusive device clips on your belt loop or bra. By monitoring your breathing, Spire figures out when you're calm, focused, or tense, and provides you with guidance and exercises when it matters most. Its app coaches you to develop a calmer, more balanced state of mind throughout the day.

Grab it on Spire.io for $149.

6 Tellspec Food Scanner

This handheld device doesn't just scan the barcode of food products to tell you what's inside. It scans the actual food at the molecular level to identify calories, macronutrients, fiber, sugars, and even allergens. Imagine no more food logs, just a simple scan that lets you know the real amount of calories and nutrients you took in.

Grab it from Tellspec.com for $399 in March.

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