Modius: Could This Wearable Wellness Gadget Really Help You Lose Weight Without Dieting? – Forbes

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The Modius headset being worn.

Are you looking for a magic bullet? A pill that will restore your hair, perhaps? Or a gadget that zaps wrinkles perfectly? Or a device that makes the body fat dwindle?

In which case, you might like to know about Modius, a headset which you wear for 45 minutes a day. That, the makers claim, will be enough for the wearer to lose weight and reduce body fat.

It launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $50,000 yesterday (August 8).

The headset is a lightweight, plastic U-shape that slips on to your head and feels comfortable enough. You then stick two electrodes your mastoids. No, I didn’t know either. It’s the hard, bony area behind your ears.

The Modius then sends an electrical signal to the vestibular nerve, stimulating it. This activates the hypothalamus, an almond-sized part of the brain which, Wikipedia tells me, is responsible for the regulation of certain metabolic processes and other activities of the autonomic nervous system.

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The Modius headset – the electrodes stick to the head just behind the ears.

The idea is that the device sending this signal means the hypothalamus reduces fat storage in the body.

Dr. Jason McKeown is a neuroscientist who’s the CEO of Neurovalens, makers of the Modius headset. He says, ‘Weight gain and weight loss are controlled by your brain, which controls your appetite, your hormones, your metabolic rate, how much fat you store, and more. Modius resolves this issue by stimulating the vestibular nerve and activating the epicenter of it all, your hypothalamus. Through advanced technological and neurological research, we’ve discovered the vestibular system has a strong effect on people’s ability to lose and maintain weight.’

Vestibular stimulation, apparently, is science that has been around for a long time. Neurovalens claims that ‘Modius uses low-power electrical pulses to stimulate the vestibular nerve which runs into the brain from just behind the ear. The stimulation is interpreted by the brain as the body being more physically active, triggering the brain/hypothalamus to reduce fat storage. It does this using several mechanisms which include increasing fat-burning, decreasing appetite, and activating metabolic hormones.’

McKeown goes on, ‘By stimulating the brain for 45 minutes per day, Modius can change a person’s overall metabolism and desire for the body to store fat. The headset is a safe, non-invasive, general wellness device that has the potential to help millions of people reach their goals of a leaner, healthy body. There is a hormonal response when using MODIUS. It switches on your metabolism, so you burn fat, but without the hunger-pangs, you might usually feel when the metabolism is fired-up.’

Neurovalens has tested Modius, which is categorized by the FDA as a general wellness device on users over a 16-week period and the reduction in central body fat ranged between 2 per cent and 16 per cent – the study was conducted without the subjects changing their diet or exercise.

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Dr. Jason McKeown showing before and after weight, which he puts down to Modius.

Dr. McKeown has been using the Modius himself and his before and after images are certainly striking.

I’ve been testing the headset for the last couple of days, so way too soon to judge how well it works, if at all or is just some kind of digital snake oil. But it’s not uncomfortable to wear. I wear spectacles and it was possible to wear them with the device, though more comfortable without. I’ll report back when I’ve tried it for longer.

You need to sit or lie down when wearing it. I wouldn’t be seen dead in public with it on. Though to be fair, that’s not the purpose of it.

The electrical impulse is a sharp little pulse. It’s not painful, though I certainly noticed it, especially when I turned it up beyond level 3, say. That said, after a minute or two, you stop really noticing it until you crank the level up a notch. An hour of the pulsing, by the way, was quite enough.

This setting, which goes up to level 10, is adjustable from the companion smartphone app which also tells you when your time is up.

The Modius headset is estimated to arrive from next month and various packages are available, with prices starting at $349 for the headset and carry case. This is the Indiegogo link.

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