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For the past three months, I’ve been reviewing the Modius Health Headset. This clever little device claims to reduce cravings, decrease appetite and make you feel fuller, quicker. Users have reported losing weight and keeping it off, finding it easier to stick to a diet and sleeping better. They also snack less and feel more confident. Having seen all these testimonials, I couldn’t wait to start my trial. You can read my first and second reviews to learn more about the device and my progress. But the killer question is, did it work for me?
Using the Modius Health Headset
When I first heard about the headset, I wondered how easily it would fit into my life. The Modius team suggest using it in the evening. It’s best not to get up and walk around while you’re wearing it because it can make you feel a little dizzy. So, they suggest taking an hour each evening to relax and wear the headset.
To start with, this was a dream. I managed to get up to bed early and have an hour doing some basic admin work and reading a book. As time went on though, things got busier for me and I found I was back to going to bed at my usual time. Only, I then had to fit in an hour of using Modius. I was ending up exhausted. On the plus side though, the headset was making me sleep incredibly well.
In terms of the sensation of wearing it, I really liked it. You can choose a setting from 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest setting. I soon turned it right up to 10 and felt a mild swaying sensation that I found quite relaxing. This isn’t everyone’s experience, some report feeling a bit dizzy and even nauseous. Personally though, I found it quite pleasant.
Control of appetite, snacking and cravings
Since using Modius, I have noticed a definite difference in my appetite and cravings. I don’t feel hungry so early in the morning, and can often go until lunchtime without feeling hungry even if I don’t have breakfast. Interestingly, the foods I crave have also changed. I have been notably less inclined to go for sugary foods, which is definitely a positive thing.
I don’t think I’ve noticed feeling full sooner, but I’ve never really been someone who gets full. I’ve definitely been snacking less, but if you put an enormous pizza in front of me, I’ll eat it. Since using Modius, I’ve been much less inclined to order an enormous pizza. But when it’s there, I will still devour it without pausing for breath.
One benefit mentioned on the Modius website is that users find it easier to stick to a diet. I haven’t actively tried to diet whilst using Modius, because I didn’t feel that combining it with another method of weight loss would be a fair trial. However, I have been much more inclined to avoid dairy and follow a predominantly plant-based diet since using it. I was already trying to do this since taking part in Veganuary, but I found I became increasingly inclined to choose plant-based options where possible.
The other benefits mentioned were better sleep, increased energy levels and improved confidence. I haven’t felt more confident, but I would associate confidence with significant weight loss. I have definitely been sleeping better though. My energy levels haven’t notably increased, but energy isn’t something I’ve ever really lacked.
Photo taken before using Modius
Photo taken after using Modius
Modius doesn’t promise to be the magic solution to weight loss, but somehow I pinned all my hopes on it. When I first started using it, I lost a few pounds quite quickly. By my second update when I’d been using it for six weeks, I was fluctuating between 4lbs and 6lbs of weight loss. I had a few problems with the device not working properly, which was due to the bluetooth on my phone playing up. So, my trial ended up being a little longer than expected because I was determined to ensure I used it for the full three months.
A few weeks ago, I had lost a total of 7lbs since beginning the trial. However despite continuing to use Modius, my weight loss has stalled and I’ve put 3lbs back on. So, I’m back to having lost a total of 4lbs since April.
I’m disappointed predominantly with the fact that I’ve actually put weight on over the past few weeks. I think if I’d lost 4lbs in a steady decline, I would be relatively happy. However, putting weight back on indicates to me that the weight loss I’ve experienced so far isn’t going to be sustained.
What I have learned from using the Modius Health Headset
I have experienced a lot of benefits from using Modius, but I have been disappointed with the weight loss. However, using the headset has taught me a lot about how I should be losing weight. As I mentioned previously, I intentionally didn’t diet whilst using Modius. However if I was dieting, Modius would undoubtedly be helpful in terms of reducing cravings.
The problem I’ve had is that my lifestyle is inconsistent. When I started using Modius, I was marathon training. Despite not feeling the need to snack the majority of the time, I was still feeling hungry after a long run. When I did the marathon itself, I had an overwhelming urge to eat carbs afterwards. Then, as my motivation waned after the race, I exercised less. But didn’t eat a lot less.
I think this is where my problem lies with Modius. I am undoubtedly sleeping better, craving sugar less, snacking less and eating healthier food. But the inconsistency prevents me from settling into a routine in which using Modius counteracts the amount I’m eating in relation to the calories I’m burning.
My ongoing weight loss plan
At the end of the Modius Health trial, I’m not where I hoped to be in terms of my weight. That said, I do feel slightly better about things. Despite losing only a small amount, I am no longer classed as ‘overweight’. I don’t personally feel happy with my size, but it has its advantages. One sport I have stuck with for a while now is outdoor swimming. I strongly suspect that if I’d lost as much weight as I hoped to do using Modius, I wouldn’t have been quite so resilient to winter river swimming. When the water temperature is 3 degrees, I’m always rather glad of my extra layer of fat.
So for now, I’m taking a break from trying to lose weight. I will stick with the healthy lifestyle changes I’ve made over the past few months. Then in September, I intend to start training for the sporting event I’ve chosen for next year. With the help of a personal trainer, I want to increase both strength and endurance. As part of that, it would be great to lose a little more weight and tone up.
As for Modius, I definitely haven’t seen the last of it. I’ve always been very aware of when I snack too much. It can get almost constant when I’m at home alone during the day. And don’t even talk to me about Christmas. So, when I feel myself getting like that I’ll get Modius out again. It’s great to know it’s there to help me kickstart healthier eating habits whenever I need it.
Try the Modius Health Headset for yourself
If you’d like to try out the Modius Health Headset for yourself, use this link to their website to find out more and a 15% discount will automatically be applied if you purchase the headset. You will also see some of the incredible success stories from Modius users. I tried out the headset for 90 days. Modius offer a 90 day guarantee, so if you decide to try it too and you don’t like it, you can receive a full refund if you return it within 90 days of purchase.
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