Diet fads come and go, but most have at least one element in common: the requirement that individuals be deliberate about what they eat (rather than ravenously consuming everything like a starved beast).
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to have self-control when food is delicious and plentiful.
Thus, most people eat larger portions of food than they really would if they ate a bit slower (as has been discussed previously).
To encourage people to stop eating before they are absolutely 100% full, the following technical solution is devised: “clockwork utensils” that change shape over time (thanks to a spring inside).
This spring must be wound up before use: then, over the course of a few minutes, it unwinds and turns the normal utensil into a bizarrely barely-useable piece of abstract art (see Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Instead of buying a new set of silverware, you should put that money towards funding a manufacturing project to create the utensils describe above!
PROS: Could reduce over-eating!
CONS: May promote binge eating. It may also be difficult to wash the tiny mechanical parts of such a utensil.
Even the most un-choosy eater cares at least somewhat about the visual appearance of food. A food item that looks “off” somehow will trigger a natural aversion to spoiled food.
This aversion to bizarre looking food can be used to help people maintain a healthy diet!
The process is as follows: certain foods that are especially high in calories can be modified with food coloring to look completely disgusting.
So for example, we could have french fries that are dyed a dark purple, or a piece of white bread that has been dyed gray.
Fig. 1: Food that looks “off” (maybe it’s the wrong color, or has a disgusting oily sheen to it) will be less likely to be immediately devoured without a thought.
Fig. 2: Restaurants can also help out by modifying their food. Instead of a normal delicious-looking hamburger and fries, here we have a strange dyed monstrosity. Maybe more people will order a salad now. (In order to prevent the salad from being equally caloric, the dressing would have to be dyed as well.)
This is the ultimate culinary tip for the discerning gourmet.