New Diet Counts Number of Bites

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- In a First Alert Health Report people struggle to lose weight. Some cut out carbs, other count calories.

A new diet focuses not so much on what you eat, but how you eat your food.

According to new research, the ideal number of bites a person should take in a day is one hundred. This adds up to 1,700 calories for men, and 1,100 calories for women.

Experts believe eating slowly and taking smaller bites will help better control your weight. The question remains: how can bites accurately measure calorie intake?

George Reid, Fitness Manager at the Sentara RMH Wellness Center said the diet would make people more aware of what they are eating.
He feels a diet like this one would be hard to stick to.

"I always tell people generally you get on these quick fix diets, you lose weight quickly, but usually the quicker you lose the weight the quicker you gain it back," Reid said.

Jessie Gilmartin has four kids and said she couldn't imagine finding time for a diet like this one. She said she finds it impossible to measure calorie intake based off number of bites

"I have one child that will literally take two bites on a piece of steak and swallow it down, and another kid that sits at the table for 45 mintues chewing on the same piece. So some people eat very slowly and meticulously," Gilmartin said.

Researchers are in the process of developing tools to count bites. One new device - a bite monitor- will count the number of bites taken.
It is expected to be on the market this fall.

George also said with any diet, it is important to implement exercise. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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