When I was watching the infomercial for the Contour Ab Belt I was quite intrigued that there was possibly a product out there to help me slim down and lose my post pregnancy weight with absolutely no effort required. For those who don’t know me, you will learn that I am pretty lazy when it comes to exercise. I don’t like to feel dirty, and sweaty and I am not a fan of cardio. Not to mention, after having a new baby you don’t exactly have as much free time anymore, so squeezing in a decent workout isn’t always an option. Another one of the benefits they mentioned was that “you can go about your life”. I am writing to tell you that is absolutely not really the case. Even though you should be able to do normal things while wearing the belt, I have always had concerns that if I were to pick up my daughter somehow she might get shocked. I was additionally nervous to wash dishes, in case water splashed and somehow got onto the electrode pads. I was never able to reach any form of results because I was never able to find enough time, not tolerate the pain to use the product consistently.
Upon reading the manual, several questions raised in my mind. It says that when first starting out you should start at about 20-30% and to gradually increase the intensity as you get used to it. The booklet also mentions that the higher the percentage, the more noticeable your results will be. One thing they did not mention in the booklet was how often you need to use the product and at what average percentage you will need to do the “exercise” to achieve desired results. When at about 25% I felt the product working and flexing my muscles, and it actually seemed to tickle. So over the past year, I have increased the workout to about 30%. That was about as high as I could tolerate. If you notice in my video demonstration, I pushed the Contour Ab Belt up to 35%. Now that I have the product and I have used it several times, every time I stumble upon the infomercial, one question always raises in my mind… What percentage did the people in the video have the belt on? They never do actually show you that…
In recent testing for my video demo, as I mentioned, I raised the intensity to 35%. The claim that you can “go about your life” is nearly impossible. At a lower setting, this may be possible, but if you are trying to get the best results and really want to crank it up, this product basically immobilizes you. If I plan to move around at all, I have found that I need to do it in between the short pulses. During the workout, the “exercise” kind of feels like vibrating pin pricks, almost like getting a tattoo.
I feel like I have taken pretty good care of my Contour belt, usually storing it safely under our bathroom sink. But somehow, when I tried to use it most recently I noticed there seemed to be a crack in the M2 device so parts of my screen were difficult to read. Because I am used to using the product, this wasn’t exactly a problem as I still knew how to navigate through the process
After convincing a few of my friends to test out this product it was strongly suggested that if you have navel piercings you should remove them. I'm actually surprised this wasn't in the disclaimer. Also, as I mentioned that since I still have some baby weight to shed, it was discovered through testing that the more fat you have, the higher the intensity each person could tolerate. Obviously my husband could withstand a lot at nearly 100%, myself at 35%, and my friend Ally, who appeared in my 1st demo video could tolerate about as much as myself. Now, I also happened to have another very lean male friend test out the device and it seemed they could barely tolerate 12%.
So now that I have come to this realization, I will definitely be doing some follow up videos as well as update my review from time to time. Since the 2 original videos were made over 6 months ago, my husband has lost about 40-50 pounds, and through more physical activity, I have finally shed 10 of the 30 lbs I gained during pregnancy. Another 20 pounds to go and I will be trying out the Contour once again. In the nearly two years I have owned this product, I have always thought to myself that if this product does work, it would be tested best on more slender subjects. After all, just like any diet or toning goes, you pretty much have to lose weight/fat before you start to turn it to muscle. if you start using it with too much excess fat, its kind of a no brainer that it will take a lot longer before you start seeing results.