The Flex Belt, which is commonly called an “ab toning belt,” is actually an Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) device. And, just to clarify an important point, all EMS devices in the United States are regulated and must be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Flex Belt is manufactured by an EMS device company in Galway, Ireland which has 40 years of experience in this technology. And, The Flex Belt is indeed cleared in the United States for use as an over-the-counter (OTC) ab toning belt.
But what is Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or EMS? Simply put, EMS is the triggering of a muscle contraction through the use of electrical impulses.
In the case of The Flex Belt ab toning belt, the electrical impulses are delivered to the abdominal area through “gel pads” that are placed next to the skin. These gel pads are not arbitrarily placed by the user; rather, their placement in the belt is fixed by the manufacturer.
EMS is not a gimmick in the least. As far back as 1791, an Italian doctor and physicist by the name of Luigi Galvani conducted experiments on frog legs, wherein he applied an electrical current to the frog leg muscle, and the muscle moved. Imagine the excitement of seeing something like that happen!
Fast forward to the 20th century, and the knowledge and use of this technology in medicine, sports, and now everyday use in items such as The Flex Belt or similar ab toning belts.
In the medical and sports field, EMS is used to help strengthen muscles. For individuals who have suffered serious injuries and cannot move or use a limb, or whose muscles have atrophied, for example, applying EMS in a therapeutic setting (i.e. hospitals, rehabilitation centers, etc.) can force the muscles in that limb to move in order to help strengthen them.
In sports, EMS can be applied to muscle areas that need strengthening. It is said that Olympic athletes have been using EMS technology since the early 1970s, while some studies with athletes in Russia were recorded in the 1960s.
And, in everyday households today, individuals use ab toner belts to force the contraction of abdominal muscles in order to strengthen and tone them as well.
It is important to note that outside the therapeutic setting, any EMS device such as an ab toning belt, including The Flex Belt, can only be sold and used for just that: toning.
For people who are injured, this household type of device will not, and cannot, take the place of a medical grade EMS device. Medical EMS devices or treatments are available only by prescription.
It is equally important to note that in no way do the manufacturers of The Flex Belt make any “weight loss” or “fat loss” claims at all. They claim, and rightfully so, that their ab toning belt is to be used to help tone those abdominal muscles.
Regrettably for those who are still looking for that “magic weight loss bullet,” weight loss and fat loss is still, and always has been, up to the individual to make wise eating choices and to burn calories through old-fashioned exercise.
So, by all means, employ the use of an ab toning belt to help you strengthen your muscles along the way, but don’t forget those fresh fruits and veggies and exercise!