Tired of stepping on the scale to get a vague idea of whether all the hard work you put in at the gym is paying off? A new device developed in Japan could help people better gauge which activities are actually burning fat.
At 10 centimeters in length and weighing 4.4 ounces, the portable device measures acetone levels from the user's exhale. (Elevated levels generally indicate that the body has begun to break down fat.) It then sends the results to a smartphone via Bluetooth or a cable within 10 seconds.
Acetone is expelled through tiny sacs called alveoli when we exhale, though it is also produced when fat is broken down. This means that breath acetone levels can also help diagnose and monitor diabetes, which the researchers are looking into as well.… Read more