Modius: the halfway point update

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What is it again?

A few weeks ago I updated you on a partnership with Modius – a headset designed to transform the weight loss journey. It works by sending a pulse to the part of the brain called the Hypothalamus and brain stem. It does this by non-invasively stimulating the vestibular nerve which is found behind the ear.

In terms of the benefits, it’s reported to give users more confidence, better sleep patterns, reduced cravings, help users to lose weight and also keep that weight off and help to reduce snacking.

If you missed my introduction you can read it here.

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What’s it like to use?

It’s basically straightforward. I found it paired quickly with my Android smartphone. I’ve charged it every four days so far, so each charge cycle lasting four hours. It charges quickly and is ready to use again in no time.

Once or twice one of the sticky pads has come loose and it’s complained about a lack of connection. Turns out it was just my hair interfering on both occasions, so easily fixed.

I started off at level five and increased to level six after about four days. After a week I was able to increase to level eight and that has been fine. Below level five I wasn’t aware of anything, at level five and above I was aware of a sensation similar to a TENS machine behind my ears, not unpleasant, at all, just a little odd. Having used a TENS in all my labours it’s not a sensation that bothers me.

The noticeable effect of the machine is that it makes you sway and feel a little sea sick. The recommendation is to sit still during use because of this. Quite frankly, I don’t have an hour to sit still, so I didn’t do that.

I noticed that by continuing to potter about with the headset in operation, doing the dishwasher, ironing, children’s breakfasts, recycling and so on, I was able to negate any such feelings of nausea. It was only if I stood still that I felt the effects.

Whilst I appreciate that this feeling might not be something people enjoy, my view is that it is simply a side effect of putting in some effort. If you went for a run you might expect to feel a bit out of breath, or perhaps expect to be a bit stiff after a gym session. Quite frankly, if that doesn’t happen I’d be thinking I hadn’t worked hard enough – surely this isn’t any different? You have to expect some level of discomfort if you are expecting results.

Has anything changed?

Well, yes and also no. Let me explain. I haven’t noticed any changes in my sleep or eating patterns or habits since using the device. I try to use it at roughly the same time every day, normally in the morning and I have used it on average six days a week.

I have lost 4 lbs since I began using the device on 17th April 2019. I have also lost a total of 15 cm all over. I took measurements from my bust, waist, hips, both thighs, and both arms. The biggest loss was from my waist, which has reduced my 7 cm.

Is this loss down to Modius? Possibly. Can I be sure? No I can’t. Since April 2018 I have been consistently losing weight. Very slowly, but consistently. Attributed to a more positive mindset, heavier weights and a high protein focus when it comes to food.

Prior to using Modius, that loss had slowed and I felt as if I had plateaued a little. Given that, it is certainly possible that Modius has accelerated that again and got things moving.

I have run a marathon during this testing period too, however, as I’ve said before, I can run a marathon and not look any different. This was my 20th marathon and my fastest ever time, but I’ve run them at all shapes and sizes over the years.

So, overall I can’t be sure if the Modius is helping or not, but by the end of the testing period I might have a clearer idea.

If you fancy trying it yourself, pop over to the Modius website and use my code charlotte15 to get yourself 15% off.

If you are interested to see how others in the testing group are getting on, you can find their progress here: Going on an Adventure; Soph Obsessed; The Twinkle Diaries; Emma and 3; Life According to Mrs Shilts and Emmys Mummy.

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