The muscles burn calories with activity: the more the activity, the more the calories burnt. An electrical stimulation vest helps you use energy since the muscle fibres are activated. Upon contracting, the work is the same as active exercise.
Therefore, electrical stimulation can help with weight loss, but it’s only a supplement to a healthy lifestyle and dieting. In other words, cardiovascular exercise is also necessary in addition to using an electrical stimulation vest for satisfactory results.
The cardiovascular exercise you can do as a complement to the electrical stimulation technique may include running, biking, swimming, using an elliptical bike, etc.
With electrical stimulation training, you’ll have more toned and stronger muscles. This burns more calories. The more the muscle mass, the more basal calories burnt (basal calories are what is needed daily to stay alive). You also burn the necessary calories to do the exercise and do your daily activities.
The benefits of electrical stimulation in reducing fat
Some of the benefits upon losing weight with electrical stimulation include:
- Muscle toning
- Improved consistency in arms, thighs and calves
- Harder buttocks
- A stronger bust
- Shapelier legs
- Skin flaccidity is prevented since weight is lost quickly
In other words, electrical stimulation is useful to weight loss but not by itself. It reduces body fat with good exercise and diet planning. It adds to what is normally done to lose weight to enhance weight loss.
But, losing weight with electrical stimulation has more benefits such as the following:
- It increases muscle mass
- It works areas not normally worked in the gym
- It burns more calories
- Stored fat is burnt, which breaks down fat accumulation. Plus, it helps eliminate them and reaffirm the muscles.
- It exercises the muscles.
- It increases the consumption of proteins, fat and nutrients
- It increases the effects of exercise and diet (speeds up the process)
- It improves the body condition
- It helps regenerate and bring oxygen to the tissues
- It helps eliminate cellulitis
- Work can be done on problematic areas and fat deposits
Do you really need to gain much muscle?
No, it’s not necessary to gain much muscle. You just have to increase your muscle tone for more efficient muscles. This way, the body will use more calories. Training with electrical stimulation along with a healthy diet and doing some exercise (such as walking one hour each day) will help you lose weight, as mentioned. You’ll have a calorie deficit and the body will use the stored fat to get the necessary calories to get through the day.
Plus, as mentioned, strong muscles burn more calories so it’s more effective. When your muscles are stronger, exercise is more intense which increases the calories burnt. You’ll run faster, lift more weight and make your spinning or step class more intense.
There are electrical stimulation programmes that stress the fat adipocytes. When the fat is more liquid, it is more easily used as a fuel.
Therefore, electrical stimulation is an effective and proven method that gets results from day one. And it’s not only for weight loss but also, as mentioned, it increases physical strength and helps boost your beauty, recover from injuries or simply gain in wellbeing.
Studies on electrical stimulation as a technique for losing weight
According to a 2004 study by the University of Porto Faculty of Physical Education with 22 individuals of both sexes, electrical stimulation is effective for losing fat.
Of these 22 individuals, 8 doing stationary biking for 45 minutes three times a week for six weeks at an intensity of 70 to 80 percent.
Another 14 people of both sexes were also doing stationary biking the same days of the week and for the same six-week period. But, they also included electrical stimulation in the abdominal area.
Of these 22 individuals, those who did stationary biking and electrical stimulation saw a significant decrease in abdominal fat in comparison with those who did not undergo electrical stimulation.
According to another 2005 study, volunteers who underwent electrical stimulation 5 days a week for 8 weeks lost more abdominal fat all while strengthening their muscles and increasing resistance in the same muscles, compared with other volunteers who did not train with electrical stimulation.
Will and commitment, the keys to reaching your goal
The truth is that you need a certain amount of commitment and will to lose weight and reach your goals. It all depends on your mind: when you see the results, the effort you’re making will no longer seem like a sacrifice.
As mentioned, doing cardiovascular exercise in combination with electrical stimulation is necessary to lose weight. But, you also have to change your long-term eating habits.
A maximum of 1 to 2 sessions per week is recommended with the necessary rest for muscular recovery.
Each session lasts 25 minutes, 20 of which are for training and 5 for relaxation or anti-cellulite treatment.
On the other hand, each class must be led and supervised by sports kinesiology professionals who can prescribe exercise individually and who are proficient in the electrical stimulation technique.
This training is not suitable for pregnant women or people with pacemakers. However, research is being done in Germany on the use of electrical stimulation as a therapy for improving the physical condition of patients with cardiac problems.