friend Michelle posted this on her Facebook page:
to break-up with Mr. Christmas Tree today … miss him already
… he just lit up the room, ya know?
genuine, not a fake. And so gifted. Every time I looked at
him, I saw those gifts all around him. And he wasn’t all
wrapped up in himself.
guess I’ll be pining away for him all year. What’s his
name, you ask?
only we could break up those extra holiday pounds as
creatively as Mr. Christmas Tree. Which brings me to this
letter from reader Michael E:
Quinn (sic), I am reaching out to you as I’m a skeptic.
Please let me know if the info commercial about the Flex Belt
is legit. This belt is an electronic device that for thirty
minutes a day is supposed to reduce your abs to muscle from
fat. Gets rid of belly bulge without doing
nothing! Celebrities like Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards,
Adrienne Curry all promote it. I am a skeptical person … and
seeing the FDR or FDA in this commercial still doesn’t
impress me. I need much more proof."
skeptical too of something that "gets rid of belly bulge
without doing nothing." Here’s what registered
dietitian and exercise physiology expert Gina Whiteley has to
Flex Belt is an ‘ab toning’ device that uses Electrical
Muscle Stimulation, or EMS, to cause muscles to contract by
sending an electrical impulse through electrodes that are
placed on the skin. This is essentially what our central
nervous system does internally (inside our bodies) to contract
muscles. When it is done externally (outside our bodies), it
does not challenge our central nervous system which, in my
opinion, is not nearly as beneficial."
type of technology has been used with patients who are
paralyzed and not able to "exercise" their muscles,
says Whiteley. "But the Flex Belt does NOT burn
fat." Which makes all those toned abs in the commercials
thing we know," says this expert. "There is no such
thing as spot reducing. We burn fat through aerobic activity
(walking, swimming, biking, etc.) and we tone muscles through
anaerobic activity (ab workouts, resistance training). So if
you do not do any sort of aerobic exercise — even if you eat
a healthy diet — you will never achieve a flat stomach with
this type of product."
gold standard for abdominal exercises is crunches (sit-ups)
… even if that is not what people want to hear,"
Whiteley continues. "The benefits we get from regular
core strength training exercises are multiple — they improve
our balance and strengthen all the muscles in our core region,
which protects our vital organs. And they improve our mental
wellbeing, which will not be accomplished by sitting on the
couch wearing a product like the Flex Belt."