Thanks to our deputy editor Melanie for passing this one along.
Just in time for New Year’s, there’s a new Canadian weight loss tool on the market: Smartbite, a custom-fit gadget you place in the roof of your mouth before eating to decrease mouth capacity, thus reducing the size of your bites and also prolonging chewing time. As a result, the manufacturers claim, your brain will have enough time to tell your body it’s full. All yours for three easy payments of $175. (In comparison, my vampire teeth – above – had a similar effect on Halloween night for only $0.99.)
I’ve mentioned before and I’ll mention again that I’m anti-diet. At the same time, whenever I hear of a new weight loss cure-all, a teensy part of me – most likely the chubby 13-year-old part – wonders if this one might actually work. The answer is always no, and I don’t suspect Smartbite – whose website includes perhaps one of the smarmiest pitch lines of all time - Ever notice how the last person to leave the table is often the thin one? Now that person can be you - will be any different. Furthermore, can you imagine having to pop this baby in before a romantic dinner? It’s one step away from a mouth guard, for pete’s sake. That said, as your health editor it is my duty to explore these gimmicks so you don’t have to. Stay tuned for my verdict in a future issue of Chatelaine.