Ab Stimulation Belts

If you’ve even semi-regularly watched television over the last few years, you’ve most likely seen the infomercials for the various electric abdominal stimulator belts promising six-pack abs with almost no effort.  You can work out your abs while sitting at your desk, washing the dishes, lying on the couch while watching infomercials about abdominal stimulator belts, etc.  The next thing you know, you’re a camera-ready model.  There have been more than a few different belts offered in a relatively short amount of time.  If they didn’t sell (and well), you would not be seeing the infomercials.  The question is: for all of the units sold, do they actually work??

This particular topic has been covered ad nauseum at this point, so I’m just going to provide you with several objective links.

The Wall Street Journal – November 2009
“Do Electric Ab Stimulators Really Work?” by Nick Nilsson
“Do Ab Workout Belts Really Work?”
“Ab Belts: Godsend or Useless Gadgets?” by Michelle C. Burton in 2005
Do Ab Belts Really Work for Fat Loss?” by John Davenport in October 2010
“Ab Belts- Do They Work?” by Ashwini Kulkarni Sule in February 2011
“Do Ab Belts Really Work?” by Allison in July 2010
“Ab Toners and Ab Belts – Do They Work?”

If you don’t feel like reading through all (or any) of those articles, the short answer is “no.”  Every fitness product- and I mean  E-V-E-R-Y single fitness product- that claims to help you get the body you’ve always wanted does so only by affecting your diet.  The end.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 Fitness & Wellness

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