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Top 20 FITNESS SCAM products – part two.

Every day, thousands of people fall prey to fitness scams which include hoax fitness products in the form of gadgets, capsules, gels, belts etc. Most of the products are a complete rip-off and not only offer no value but also put the victim's body & life at risk. It means we end up paying for putting our lives in danger. Cunning marketing, celebrity endorsements and opportunistic PR together provoke us to buy such scam products. This is part two of the two-part series of top 20 FITNESS SCAM products. It would be interesting to read the part one too.

#11 Steam/ sauna belts:

Steam and sauna belts are one of the most popular scam gadgets sold online. Contrary to the claim, steam and sauna belts can not burn abdominal fat. They only help sweating over the abdomen. Sweat is a mechanism of our body to maintain an ideal temperature and will only dehydrate us. It is in no way going to help burn fat or reduce weight.

Here’s a steam belt infomercial:

#12 Vibrating/ toning/ trimming belts:

Fat can not be lost by any intensity of vibrations. Vibration may be renamed as toning or trimming but, a flawed principle stays a flawed principle. Vibration belts may be good for amusement or entertainment but they have nothing to do with fat loss or weight reduction. Some manufacturers brand their vibrating belt as toning belt, trimming belt, fat burning belt, weight loss belt etc. to tune it to the understanding of their target audience.

Here’s a vibrating belt infomercial:

#13 Vibrating dumbbells:

As weird as it sounds, vibrating dumbbells are a fad and there is no science backing the product. Any type of vibration whether coming from a belt, suit, clothing, shoes, dumbbell etc. can not help increase muscle mass or burn fat. Fads come and go, science stays forever.

Here’s a vibrating dumbbell infomercial:

#14 Fat losing belts:

Fat losing belts simply heat up and increase the temperature of the area where they are placed and make us sweat. As mentioned earlier, sweat has nothing to do with fat loss or weight loss. The weight loss due to dehydration is instantly gained as soon as we hydrate ourselves. Fat losing belts may even have a useless vibration option. Some manufacturers sell different belts for different body parts and use colloquial terms like thunder thighs, beer belly, saddlebags, muffin tops, love handles etc. while branding. This helps brands sell more than just one product per customer. While they score full on the branding, there is zero science in the product.

Here’s a fat losing belt infomercial:

#15 Electric muscle stimulators:

Electric muscle stimulators are also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulators. These devices mimic muscle contraction using electrical impulses and help stimulate motor neurons. Here the central nervous system (CNS) doesn’t play any role in stimulating muscle contractions. However, there’s no evidence that such muscle contractions can stimulate hypertrophy (increase in muscle mass) or fat reduction. Also, since the CNS is not involved, this type of device ensures there is no carry-over effect of the muscle contractions in our real lives and day to day activities making electric muscle stimulators useless. However, science has proved that such devices do help in recovery, rehabilitation and relaxation.

Here’s an electric muscle stimulator infomercial:

#16 Thigh master:

A thigh master is a stupid device consisting of two pieces of metal tubes bent in a loop and connected using a hinge. This creates an angle which can be pressed between the metal tubes. It is to be placed between the knees and pressed to exercise the hip adductors. As with all other devices, it was cunningly marketed as a very easy to use device which can be used while watching television, working in the office or reading a book on the beach. However, as with all other fad fitness gadgets, there is no evidence of it helping burn fat or stimulating hypertrophy. All the evidence points to a complete waste of time, effort and money.

Here’s a thigh master infomercial:

#17 Slimming pills/ powers/ liquids:

Slimming pills, powders and liquids have been around for decades. Some claim to have powerful herbal compositions while others claim to have rare ingredients. Some claim to curb hunger while others claim to burn fat. Here is the truth: there is no conclusive evidence of any pill, powder or liquid to stimulate hypertrophy (increase muscle mass) or burn fat on its own. Ingesting these products may prove lethal to our bodies. They may contain heavy metals, may be adulterated or may have banned substances.

Here’s a slimming pill infomercial:

#18 Neckline slimmer:

A neckline slimmer is a mechanical handheld device with a spring. To use it, simply select the resistance (spring) intensity, place your chin on the platform and press. What a rip off and a waste of time. We do not think this even deserves scientific scrutiny. However, it will be extremely funny to watch people use a neckline slimmer for reducing double chin or fat around the neck.

Here’s a neckline slimmer infomercial:

#19 Finger trainer:

A finger trainer allegedly helps to exercise the finger muscles and helps reduce fat. Haha! Crap! Need not say anything more than this. It’s one of the funniest gadgets on our list.

Here’s a finger trainer infomercial:

#20 The hula chair:

A hula chair is a scam fitness chair which claims to create an ab workout sensation while we try rotating sitting on it. While that is not true, it is simply a waste of time, effort and money. The rotation is jerky and difficult to do and the chair itself is highly uncomfortable. It looks like a commode and the experience is more like a ride in an amusement park and less like exercising.

Here’s a hula chair infomercial:

Here we come to the end of our top 20 FITNESS SCAM products list.

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