A new study, published in the journal Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy, has found that cranial electrotherapy stimulation was able to amplify the weight loss effects of both…
- Low Calorie diets
- Low Carbohydrate diets
After 2 months of simultaneous treatment with electric stimulation and diet there was an average weight loss of…
- 7.07 kg in the reduced calorie diet group
- 9.48 kg in the ketogenic/low-carb diet group
whereas in the non-electric stim groups, the researchers observed an average weight loss of…
- 5.9 kg in the reduced calorie diet group
- 7.17 kg in the ketogenic/low-carb diet group
This means that the electric stimulation participants lost…
- 20% more body-fat on a low-cal diet
- 32% more body-fat on a ketogenic/low-carb diet
What does this mean to you?
Maybe nothing. If you take a look at how the experiment was conducted, you will notice that in addition to following the prescribed diet, the “Food-Watcher” group were asked to use the device twice a day before meals. The control group were not provided with a “fake” version of the “Food-Watcher” to simulate cranial electrotherapy stimulation.
In my mind, this lack of blinding presents a significant problem.
On one hand, you have a group of people being asked to cut calories and/or cut calories and eliminate carbohydrates from their diet. On the other hand, you have a group of people being handed a magic box designed to help potentiate their diet.
- Which group is going to be more motivated?
- Which group is going to be more hopeful?
- Which group is going to lose more weight?
So, do we ignore this research?
Nope…we accept it with all it’s flaws, and wait for another study…without an obvious a placebo effect to cast doubt upon it’s findings.
‘Cause the idea of a magic weight-loss machine seems pretty cool to me.