If you are like us, then you might be worrying about fitting into last year’s hypothetical bikini and screaming in horror. Here’s one thing to avoid: abdominal stimulators. Why? They don’t help you lose weight or inches, never have, never will. OK, maybe they will temporarily tighten your midsection, but they don’t help you lose weight or inches, which is what consumers are usually looking for when they buy these. What they do work at is giving weight loss device companies too much of your hard earned money. How much is too much? Anything north of zero.
You’ve seen the ads, in print, in infomercials, and online: a belt like device which you strap onto your middle region and which zaps you with electrical currents. The theory is that the electrical currents cause your muscles to contract, eventually turning giving you the six-pack abs you think you want. The actual results are nothing, if you are lucky, and skin irritation, burns, bruising and pain, if you are not. So not only won’t you fit into that hypothetical bikini after using such a device, but you wouldn’t want to wear one anyway, since your middle region will be unattractively decorated with red, bruised and burnt skin. Nice, huh?
In the US, the FDA and FTC have received plenty of complaints about these devices. If you have one, contact the FDA through MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary reporting program. You may submit reports to MedWatch in one of four ways:
- online at FDA website
- by telephone at 1-800-332-1088
- by fax at 1-800-332-1078
- by mail to MedWatch, Food and Drug Administration, HF-2, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.
To file a complaint about fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace, go to the Federal Trade Commission website (you’ll find it easily by way of a ‘net search) and click on the “File a Complaint Online” button, or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
Still want six-pack abs? Then drop your six pack, exercise and eat less.