Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ab Belts Are Back And They're Still Worthless

The hucksters are at it again. Ab belts have resurfaced, along with their claims of a no-work way to six-pack abs.

The belief that that these things could work is tied to the idea of spot reduction, which is a myth. Doing hundreds of crunches won't give you a sculpted mid-section. Proper nutrition is far more important to developing a six-pack than traditional abdominal exercises.

Electric stimulation has its place; it's used in medical situations where muscles fail to receive proper nerve input such as spinal cord injuries, stroke, paralysis, nerve injuries, etc. In those cases, electric stimulation is used to prevent muscles from wasting away, contracting and becoming stiff.

Ab belts are a scam and they don't work. Ab belts will not reduce body fat or build muscle. In fact, a few years back the FTC charged 3 companies selling these devices with making deceptive claims about safety and effectiveness.

Don't waste your money.

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