The designers' research showed that 100 bites roughly adds up to 1,700 calories for men and 1,100 for women, figures that they use to explain their invention's 100-bite goal. In a pilot study, people who counted their bites lost slightly more weight than those who did not, though the conclusion was that further research was warranted. But, if you're the type of person who can justify spending almost $200 on a bracelet that tracks every time you raise your fork, should you really be counting every single bite you take in a day?
This all seems a little old school to us. Sure, everyone knows it's probably better to set the table and have a leisurely, sit-down dinner than to cannonball a bowl of ramen over the sink before heading out the door. But, do we need to police our eating habits to this extent? The Fitbit exists to track our steps, but it strikes us more as an opportunity to learn about our health habits — rather than micromanage them, like the Bite Monitor seems to want us to do.
Clemson's research led to a very specifically designed device, but also to some more universal wisdom: Whether or not you end up adding the Bite Monitor to your arm party, you can take a toned-down approach to the 100-bite challenge by taking your time, chewing thoroughly (for your safety, if not for your health), and, obviously, enjoying your food. After all, you didn't Instagram that brunch for nothing.