When it comes to weight loss, there’s always a new product or regime hoping to be the ‘magic pill’ that makes cutting KGs way easier than it should be.
Sure, you can just do that ol’ “workout and eat right” thing that our whole brand is literally based off, but we guess sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. Now though, it seems researchers have taken the whole ‘magic pill’ thing a step too far with an invention that is supposed to finally help you lose that extra weight. How? By basically clamping your mouth shut.
Made by researchers in the UK from the University of Otago, the creation promises to help you cut those extra kilos by locking your jaws together with magnets and “custom-manufacturers locking bolts” to literally keep your mouth shut. Yep, no more sneaky eating or midnight snacks for you with this jaw-lock on.
Known as the DentalSlim Diet Control, the device is fitted to a patient’s upper and lower back teeth, allowing them to only open their mouth by 2mm, thus restricting them to a liquid diet that still allows for free speech and unrestricted breathing.
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We may have to say, we thought we’d seen it all when it came to quick-fixes for weight loss, but this device takes the cake. While we’d certainly advise against the thing, lead researcher Professor Paul Brunton hopes the device will be an effective, safe and affordable tool for people battling obesity.
“The main barrier for people for successful weight loss is compliance and this helps them establish new habits, allowing them to comply with a low-calorie diet for a period of time. It really kick-starts the process,” he explained. “It is a non-invasive, reversible, economical and attractive alternative to surgical producers,” he added.
In recent trials designed to test the device, seven participants lost an average of 6.3kg in two weeks, with the researchers claiming they “were motivated to continue with their weight loss journey,” as published in the British Dental Journal. Still, when the device was removed the participants gained the weight right back, suggesting that it’s less about what you’re putting into your mouth, as opposed to the mindset and attitude towards food and knowledge of healthy options and exercise routines.