Lose Weight Tone Abs With Electronic Muscle Stimulator Can Body Fat Melt Away

You have probably seen plenty of​ advertisements extolling how Electronic Abdominal Stimulators can melt your belly fat fast and quickly. Most of​ these advertisements will also claim that their electronic abs stimulators can also flatten your tummy to​ reveal your six pack abs muscle. They even claim that by using electronic abs stimulators for X minutes is​ better that 300 sit ups or​ crunches,​ so you can say bye bye to​ diets and exercise forever. Too good to​ be true?

On the​ other hand,​ you may also have come across many articles and messages from the​ health and fitness industry or​ from your fitness personal trainers who refute the​ advertisers claiming that the​ only way to​ get a​ flat tummy with well defined six pack abs muscle is​ through healthy eating and exercise. Now that is​ hard work isn’t it? So you will rather take a​ chance with an​ electronic abs stimulator won’t you?

So who is​ telling the​ truth? Ok,​ instead of​ joining in​ the​ controversy,​ this article points out what the​ authorities such as​ U.S. Food and Drug Administration has got to​ say. Below is​ an​ excerpt from U.S. Food and Drug Administration,​ FDA Consumer magazine July-August 2002. You can read the​ full report at​ http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2002/402_abs.html :-

“In May,​ the​ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed complaints against three manufacturers of​ these devices,​ alleging that they have made false claims in​ their advertising,​ seen in​ heavily aired infomercials on​ national cable television,​ shorter television commercials,​ and ads in​ the​ print media.

The unfounded claims cited by the​ FTC include the​ promise of​ "six pack" or​ "washboard" abs without exercise,​ claims that the​ devices will give users a​ trimmer waist or​ cause fat loss,​ and that use of​ the​ device is​ equivalent to​ (or better than) regular abdominal exercises,​ such as​ sit-ups or​ crunches. the​ FTC complaints also allege that the​ advertising claimed falsely that the​ stimulators are safe for all to​ use,​ and did not disclose adequately the​ possible health hazards for some people.

Q. Why does the​ FDA regulate electrical muscle stimulators?

A. Electrical muscle stimulators are considered medical devices under the​ Federal Food,​ Drug,​ and Cosmetic Act. Under this law and the​ agency's regulations,​ the​ FDA is​ responsible for regulating the​ sale of​ all electrical muscle stimulators in​ the​ United States. Therefore,​ firms must comply with appropriate FDA premarket regulatory requirements before they can legally sell their stimulators. Most electrical muscle stimulators (EMS devices) that have been reviewed by the​ FDA are intended for use in​ physical therapy and rehabilitation under the​ direction of​ a​ health-care professional. if​ a​ company wants to​ sell EMS devices directly to​ consumers,​ the​ company needs to​ show the​ FDA that the​ device can be used safely and effectively in​ that setting.

Q. These electrical muscle stimulators are advertised not only to​ tone,​ firm,​ and strengthen abdominal muscles,​ but also to​ provide weight loss,​ girth reduction,​ and "rock hard" abs. Do they really work?

A. While an​ EMS device may be able to​ temporarily strengthen,​ tone or​ firm a​ muscle,​ no EMS devices have been cleared at​ this time for weight loss,​ girth reduction,​ or​ for obtaining "rock hard" abs.

Q. is​ the​ FDA concerned about the​ unregulated marketing of​ these devices?

A. Yes. the​ FDA has received reports of​ shocks,​ burns,​ bruising,​ skin irritation,​ and pain associated with the​ use of​ some of​ these devices. There have been a​ few recent reports of​ interference with implanted devices such as​ pacemakers and defibrillators. Some injuries required hospital treatment. the​ FDA is​ also concerned because many of​ these devices have cables and leads. if​ those cables and leads do not comply with electrical safety standards,​ there is​ the​ possibility that users and other household members could be electrocuted. the​ FDA is​ currently investigating firms that are illegally marketing EMS devices.

Q. What does FDA regulation accomplish?

A. Before they may legally sell their devices,​ firms that market EMS devices must be able to​ demonstrate that these products are as​ safe and as​ effective as​ similar devices that are legally marketed. Devices may be marketed only for uses that are established for the​ device or​ for uses that the​ firm can support with data. at​ this time,​ the​ FDA is​ not aware of​ scientific information to​ support many of​ the​ promotional claims being made for numerous devices being widely promoted on​ television,​ infomercials,​ newspapers,​ and magazines.

Q. Does that mean that it's unsafe to​ use an​ electrical muscle stimulator that has not met FDA requirements?

A. Using a​ product that has not met FDA requirements isn't necessarily unsafe or​ dangerous. But it​ could be. Unregulated devices also may have safety problems associated with cables and leads that can lead to​ accidental shock and electrocution of​ users and other household members,​ including children.

Q. if​ I use an​ electrical muscle stimulator,​ will it​ give me the​ same kind of​ effect that lots of​ sit-ups,​ stomach crunches and other abdominal exercises will?

A. Using these devices alone will not give you "six-pack" abs. Applying electrical current to​ muscles may cause them to​ contract. Stimulating muscles repeatedly with electricity may eventually result in​ muscles that are strengthened and toned to​ some extent but will not,​ based on​ currently available data,​ create a​ major change in​ your appearance without the​ addition of​ weight loss and regular exercise.”

Now,​ who is​ telling the​ truth about electronic muscle stimulator being able to​ melt tummy fat and reveal your six pack abs? Well,​ you be the​ judge and come to​ your own verdict.

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