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For the past six weeks, I’ve been testing out the Modius Health headset. This device is designed to use neuroscience to help make weight loss a little bit easier. This is my second post about the device, you can read my introduction to Modius here. Whilst I haven’t been using Modius for very long, using it for an hour a day has quickly and easily slotted into daily life. This update is to tell you how I’m finding it, how easy it is to find time to use the device as a busy parent, and whether it has yet had any impact on my diet or weight loss.
Six weeks of Modius: The practicalities
I have to admit to wondering how I’d manage to find the time to wear the Modius headset on a daily basis. Life as a working parent is pretty busy. I also had the small matter of running a marathon to contend with, so where would I find an extra hour a day?
As it turned out, this wasn’t as difficult as I’d anticipated. I started off wearing it in the evenings when I was watching television downstairs, but it did make me quite sleepy as the frequency of transmissions from the headset is strangely soothing. So instead, I’ve taken to going up to bed a bit earlier and wearing the headset whilst I’m reading or watching television in bed.
There have been a few occasions where I’ve dozed off wearing the headset, but it turns itself off after an hour anyway so it hasn’t been a problem. I just take it off during the night when I wake and realise it’s still on.
Users are encouraged to start using Modius on quite a low level while they get used to the sensation. Personally, I quite like the sensation and was soon using it on level 10, which is the highest level. I’ve ended up sticking to this, turning it straight up to 10 each day as soon as I switch on Modius. I have had a few problems with it switching itself off and disconnecting from the Android app, meaning that it doesn’t look as though I’ve used it for the full hour. This doesn’t worry me though, because I know I’ve used it for an hour each time. I’m more interested in actual progress rather than the time clocked up.
Six weeks of Modius
Modius isn’t an instant weight loss cheat. It needs to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, Modius does decrease cravings and increase metabolism. It should therefore make sticking to a healthy diet a little easier.
For me, it hasn’t had the impact I was hoping for. A few times over the past few years, I’ve lost a bit of weight. However, I reach a plateau and don’t seem to be able to get below that. Thankfully, my plateau brings me just within the ‘normal’ weight range, so I’m not technically overweight. For me though, it’s just not a weight I feel comfortable at.
Since starting to use Modius six weeks ago, I lost a total of 6lbs. However, since then my weight has plateaued. I vary day to day between 6lb and 4lb below where I started. In theory, this is good. I’ve lost weight and I’m not technically overweight. Better still, my food cravings have hugely reduced, particularly my craving for sugar. I did have a slight blip where I felt my food cravings had increased again, and the support from Modius was great. They recommended taking a few days off using the headset and then going back to it. When I did this, the food cravings quickly dissipated again.
A positive impact
There are a lot of positives so far in my trial of Modius. I’m eating less. What I do eat is a lot healthier. I am drinking less alcohol, we’re down to a couple of glasses of wine two evenings a week. I rarely eat breakfast, instead I eat some vegetables mid-morning as a brunch most days.
I’m sleeping well, the headset is definitely making me sleep a bit deeper. When I do wake up in the night, I manage to get back to sleep quickly. My energy levels are also good. Most days I do some sort of quite impactive physical activity. Pool swimming, open water swimming or running. I ran a marathon a few weeks ago which was notably easier than anticipated and I recovered incredibly quickly.
About that weight loss
I’m quite pragmatic about Modius, I didn’t expect to immediately lose weight. I know it’s always a difficult process. What has surprised me is the positive impact it has had on my lifestyle. I never thought I’d be someone who would choose to eat vegetables instead of carbs during the day. Less still, someone who rarely craved sugar.
So, to have made such positive changes to the way I eat, drink, sleep and exercise without losing much weight has really surprised me. I appreciate that losing 6lbs in six weeks is ok. However, I lost most of that within the first few weeks. Since then, I’ve stalled at between 4 and 6lbs weight loss, depending on the day.
It feels quite disappointing to be at this point half way through the trial. I haven’t given up and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens over the next six weeks. That said, I’m disappointed that the lifestyle changes I’ve made don’t seem to be translating to weight loss.
If you’d like to try out the fascinating Modius technology, 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’m trying 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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