What You Should Know
Unlike many product that we look at, the Contour Ab Belt is a device designed to specifically target a user’s abs. The Contour Ab Belt claims to operate as a “core sculpting system” that will help tone and define a user’s abs without any crunches or other traditional ab-related workout routines. The Contour Ab Belt is primarily advertised and sold via infomercials that run on television and also on YouTube.
The basic principal seems to be that the belt wraps around the user’s mid-section and sends electric pulses that cause the muscles to contract. It appears that the manufacturers claim that this would have the same effects on the abs as sit-ups or crunches would. A little more research into the Contour Ab Belt actually yielded some pretty interesting theories on how effective this would be. It seems that the consensus within the medical community, regarding both the Contour product and other weight loss devices based on electronic stimulation, is that they will not burn fat around the mid-section, but they might help with definition. So if you already have ab muscles, these could help you get a sculpted six-pack instead of just a flat stomach, but if you’re trying to deflate a fat tire then the Contour Ab Belt doesn’t have much to offer you.
- May help define existing abdominal muscles.
- Some users report effectively using the Contour Ab Belt as a back massager, but this is not the endorsed form of usage for this product.
Although it is advertised to a very broad section of the weight loss market, it seems as if the Contour Ab Belt is actually only a viable choice for those who are already in good shape. Scientifically, it is not possible to actually burn calories with this device, but it could conceivably contract existing muscles enough to bring out more definition in a user’s physique. The average dieter may want to consider this as an interesting addition to their fitness regimen.