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This Calorie-Counting Bracelet Is a Triumph in Lazy Dieting

The Healbe GoBe (Screengrab via IndieGoGo)

There are a ton of diets (and diet apps) in the world, and none of them actually work. The only thing that will truly make you lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn every day. And to do that, you have to do math. Nobody wants that.

So we were thrilled when we stumbled upon the magical Healbe GoBe (?!?!) bracelet. It counts the calories you consume and burn by monitoring cellular glucose levels through your skin. All you have to do is show up. Read More

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Fertility App Glow Adds Period Tracker For Willfully Childless Heathens

Choose your own adventure! (Photo: blog.glowing.com)

Baby makin’ encouragement application Glow is adding another skill to its roster: helping people stay unpregnant.

The app launched last year, with PayPal cofounder Max Levchin leading its team of impressive tech guys. Yes, somehow the founders are all guys. But the app serves its purpose quite well. A spokesperson told Betabeat that more and more women are successfully becoming pregnant with the app’s help every day. Read More

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Spanx Is Squishing Your Organs So Time to Dust Off That Atkins Diet Book

Celeb and noted Spanx wearer, Kim Kardashian (Getty)

Because we know you’ve been tirelessly planning your outfit for the Academy Awards’ red carpet, we thought we’d better inform you that those Spanx you’ve picked out might literally be squishing your organs.

The Huffington Post recently asked a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist and a chiropractor to elaborate on the possible medical dangers of wearing Spanx and other shapewear, and their answers, quite frankly, are far scarier than your juice fast-induced bloating. Read More

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App Promises to Hypnotize Your Lazy Ass Into Losing Weight

I'll take a "quick toot" please. (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)

In a world full of Netflix, Mallomars and double cheeseburgers, weight loss is no fun at all. Not only do we have better things to do than eat only green stuff, then feverishly try to burn it off at the gym, it’s also way too cold out to add one more stop to our commute home.

So news of this app is especially exciting for those of us still dragging our holiday weight around. It’s weirdly named the Train Trip, and it’s supposed to brainwash you into losing weight, the Daily Mail says. Read More

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The British Government Would Love For You To Tweet About Your Vomit

Relax, it's chili. (Photo: Pinterest)

If you find yourself sitting in a pile of puke, please don’t rush to clean it up. The British government is asking those sickened by a common norovirus to describe the color and texture of the puke and post it on Twitter for the world to see. 

The government’s Food Standards Agency is hoping the oversharers on social media will help it track the violent stomach bug that causes major party fouls like puking and diarrhea. Read More

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New App Aims to Stamp Out STD Stigma, Make Testing ‘Suck Less’

Founder Ramin Bastani's squeaky clean profile. (Photo: Hula)

Sexually transmitted diseases are not new. And yet, their diagnosis and treatment has gone undisrupted by the tech industry.

But a new app is seeking not only to bring tech and STDs into the same sentence, but to tear down the stigma associated with discussing one’s sexual health. The app is called Hula, and founder and CEO Ramin Bastani hopes that through word of mouth and partnerships with dating websites and public health organizations, it will encourage people to have honest conversations when it comes to sex, and improve their health, too.

“The status quo is if you and I meet and you ask me if I’ve been tested, the instant response is, ‘Of course I have,’ and I’m offended,” he said.

And that awkward conversation is nothing compared to finding a clinic, walking in and enduring the medical procedure––that is, if the clinic even accepts you. In his research, Mr. Bastani found health centers that flat out denied him, or carried exorbitant surprise fees. It makes a difficult process even harder.

“We want to bring transparency to the STD testing world,” Mr. Bastani said in a phone interview with Betabeat. “We want to make STD testing suck less.” Read More

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Incessant Instagram Brunch Pics May Help You Lose Weight

Artist's rendering (of 2 Chainz's brunch). (Screengrab: Instagram)

If you avoid Instagram on Sunday afternoons due to the endless stream of mimosa-and-omelet photos it yields, you may be missing an opportunity for weight loss.

A BYU study found that maybe, just maybe, “seeing photos of certain foods, as opposed to eating them, still gives you a feeling of satiation, which makes those foods less appealing” when you go to stuff them in your face IRL, TechCrunch reports. Read More