Lumen: hack your metabolism through the breath

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Smart scales are nothing new. Step on one of these, and your weight data will magically find its way to a corresponding app on your mobile device or web dashboard. Using the app or dashboard, you can then track your progress over time. But its 2018 and that’s not nearly enough.

Lumen is a unique pocket-sized device that wants to reinvent weight management by monitoring your metabolism and providing a customised nutrition plan. And it does all this by measuring the level of CO2 in your breath.

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Our bodies tap into to main sources of energy: carbohydrates and fat. Knowing the ratio at which these two are currently being used is important to achieving your health and weight goals.

You might think your metabolism is the same each day, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It all depends on what you eat, how much you exercise, how much you sleep and more.

With just one breath, Lumen tells you what you’re using for energy. It measures the CO2 production and O2 uptake in your breath, to calculate how much energy is being burned from carbohydrates and how much from fat. This allows you to see what’s going on with your body in real-time.

Use the gizmo each morning to receive direction on how yesterday’s meals and activity are affecting today’s metabolism. A specific daily goal for carb consumption is then churned out by the app, along with recommended meal combinations. Throughout the day, you can take additional breaths to make sure you’re on track. The Israeli-based outfit says Lumen has already helped more than 300 beta testers lose an average of 6.8 pounds in 30 days.

The nutritionist in your pocket is going for $199 on Indiegogo. And with a month left, Lumen has already smashed through its $50,000 goal a couple of times over. Delivery is expected early next year. As always, usual warnings about crowdfunded projects apply.


Price: $199 and up

Funding open:

$126,338 raised out of $50,000 goal
a month left

Estimated delivery: February 2019

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One thought on “Lumen: hack your metabolism through the breath

  • July 21, 2018 at 3:35 am
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    I don’t see how this could possibly be reliable. I can’t see any pier reviewed scientific papers listed to support it, just TV show programs with the flashy “fat is removed as CO2 in your breath!” titles. Ok sure, this may be the case, however I don’t see how this could be reliable. You have receptors that tell your body when the CO2/carbonic acid content in your body is increasing… and you breathe to keep the pH within your blood stream within a narrow set of parameters. Is there any concrete evidence that shows that the CO2 content of your breath, reliably increases by a set amount when you are burning fats rather than protein/suger/carbs? Or do you just breathe slightly faster/deeper to mitigate that effect, much like you’d breath faster after doing some exercise to return your body back to it’s preferred levels. If people are going to spend that much on a “quick fix” gimick, they’d be better off investing in a dietician appointment or some good healthy cookbooks.

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