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 The Weekly Burn

Even health and fitness editors struggle with motivation sometimes — but we’re not sure we’d go so far as turning to caffeinated undies or a shock bracelet to help us get slim. A new study shows what foods Americans are tweeting about. Plus, could eating avocados make you a faster runner? Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.

A Fork to Make Vegetables Taste Like Chocolate

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Stick a Fork in It

Not a fan of how veggies taste? There’s a fork for that. The new Aromafork uses 21 liquid aromas to trick your taste buds into thinking they’re tasting something like chocolate or coffee instead of, say, broccoli. Or, you could just eat clean. (LA Times)

Electroshock Bracelet

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Like Pavlov’s Dog

Sometimes even the best-laid plans for fitting in a workout can go awry. With desperate times come desperate measures? A new Indiegogo campaign seeks funding for an electroshock wristband that will zap you as incentive to exercise more, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating on Facebook. Would you try it?  (Tech Crunch)

Tweet What You Eat

We know you’ve foodstagrammed once or twice, and you’re not the only one. Researchers at the University of Arizona culled through 3.5 million food porn tweets posted between October 2013 and May 2014. From the data, they were able to draw some fascinating conclusions, such as diabetics being more likely to tweet about fried food or bacon. And everyone loves tacos. (Self)

Is Fat Loading the New Carb Loading?

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Is Fat-Loading the New Carb-Loading?

A big pasta dinner the night before a long run or big race is a celebrated tradition among distance runners. But if you’ve ever bonked before, you’re familiar with what it feels like to become glycogen-depleted. Studies have shown that not only can a diet high in fat help your body burn fat, but it may also improve endurance. Avocado, please. (Lifting Revolution)

Caffeine-Infused Underwear

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Talk About Ants in Your Pants

While we’re normally big fans of caffeine, we draw the line at getting an infusion of it via our underwear. The iPant, a shapewear garment embedded with “micro-encapsulated caffeine” promised to take off up to two inches from your hips and one inch from your thighs in just weeks. But the FTC recently ruled that caffeine to your glutes might not be the way to a better booty. Time to get back to work on those squats. (Wired)

You Get What You Put In

If you’re thinking of hiring a personal trainer, remember that’s only half the battle. You need to put the hard work in, too. Here’s an interesting look from one trainer’s perspective at where they’re coming from when they’re pushing you to change. (Thrive Personal Fitness)

Acupuncture May Not Help Knee Pain

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A Prickly Situation

Don’t go sticking needles in your knees just yet. A new study shows that acupuncture may not improve chronic knee pain among people ages 50 and older — despite the patients’ reports that the treatment was helpful. (Reuters)