Last week I lamented on the sad state of crowdfunding sites and the stupid garbage they’re pumping out in the tech sector. There exists, however, another market that crowdfunding targets – health gadgets. More specifically, health gadgets that promise impossible things, with statements like; “clinically proven” & “scientifically tested.”
The latest, most egregious example is the TrimX electrical fat stimulator which promises to target the most stubborn fat on your body and blast it away with gentle waves of electrical current. It’s just like the electrical stimulation ab-firming belts we’ve had for the past 50 years – which the FDA approves for therapeutic use alone, not weight loss – except this one claims to stimulate fat directly as opposed to activating the muscle.
I pride myself on being a bit of a health & fitness bullshit debunker, so I just had to dig into this device.
The TrimX touts itself as “the world’s first fat spot reduction wearable technology,” adding that it is “clinically proven to allow you to gain control over your body.” Let’s break down that dumpster fire of bullcrap real quick. You cannot clinically prove something as unscientific as gaining control over your body. Just no.
Despite the fact that the claim makes absolutely no sense. The TrimX Indiegogo page cites a 10-week, triple-blind study that “showed” TrimX users lost 4.7 times more fat around their targeted areas than the placebo group. Now, we’re supposed to believe that both groups lost the exact same amount of fat, but TrimX helped its users target where it came off. There’s also a bunch of other fluff and buzzwords included like “mental clarity,” “sleep quality,” “sex life,” and simply “happiness.” I’d love to just know what tool they used to measure these “spot” reductions.
Tests showed that after 10 weeks the group of volunteers who were subject to EFS (electrical fat stimulation) via the TrimX „¢ lost 466% more fat on their targeted areas than those in the non-stimulated group.
Seriously, TrimX I’d love to see the 10-page study and see what kind of p-hacking mess it is. Send it my way! But, lo and behold the Indiegogo page simply cites a study, a link to the study itself is nowhere to be found. Thus, details like the number of participants, demographic data, study methods, data collection and handling information, or really any hard data at all is not given.
There are no technological shortcuts to weight loss. None, well, maybe lipo, but that’s a whole different ballgame. The FDA’s reluctance to approve electrical muscle stimulators for fat reduction, tells you all you need to know about that. But weight loss isn’t complicated. Want to lose weight? Eat less and better, exercise more. It’s not rocket science.
I guess, with a strong enough power source, you could use electricity to burn away fat from a target site. But you would probably be engulfed in flames as a runaway grease fire at said target site consumed everything around it. Also, your heart would stop beating.
This Indiegogo campaign is a mess of unscientific bullshit asking the incredible amount of $189 plus shipping from the earliest backers. As of today, they’ve gotten nearly $13k from suckers looking to lose fat. Don’t be a sucker.
The best part is at the end of the campaign: “International shipments will take place after the appropriate clearance from the relevant government certifications has been received.” Ya, right.