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I have been documenting my battle to lose weight on this blog since I started it back in 2008. For many years, this blog recorded my successes following the Slimming World diet and how I lost over five stone to help me conceive our second baby in 2017. Fast forward to the present day and I’m once again trying to battle the weight I gained post pregnancy and beyond. Straight up, I am so tired of trying to lose weight. It is a constant source of anxiety for me, it strips me of my confidence and I would prefer to hide away at home so no-one can see me. I’d love nothing more than to be slimmer and healthier but losing weight is really hard work.
My battle with my weight
According to my BMI, I’m not just overweight but I’m classified as being obese which is pretty awful to face. I recognise that I need to lose weight and I really want to lose weight but it’s not just as simple as eating less food and moving more often. I’m a work from home Mum of two young boys and I find the daily battle to cram everything on the to-do list in a real struggle. Somedays there isn’t much time left for me and I struggle with fitting exercise in to my daily routine. Combine all this with my thyroid condition, PCOS and a toddler who refuses to sleep consistently at night and it’s an accurate picture of my life right now. But I want things to be better, I want to lose weight and I want to be healthier to see my boys grow up. I need to take action and I need to make time for myself.
I am a strong believer that in order to lose weight you need to be in the right mindset. In the last six months, I have really struggled with this. I re-joined Slimming World at the start of this year and lost 13lb in five weeks. Unfortunately through broken sleep, stress and anxiety, I have piled the weight back on and probably a bit more on top. It plays havoc with my confidence and my self-esteem plummets. I’ve always been a comfort eater and probably binge eat more than I should. My weight is something I need to address so trying to tackle the weight mentally rather than physically is something I was keen to explore.
What is Modius?
I was recently introduced to Modius as an alternative to help me lose weight. The Modius headset is designed using neuroscience and is said to help decrease appetite, reduce cravings and help you feel fuller for longer. It’s also said to help with confidence, increase energy, better sleep (I’m definitely up for that!) less snacking, losing weight and keeping it off. It all sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?
I’m pretty sure the Modius headset isn’t going to work entirely on it’s own but I’m all for research and trying it out. I am mindful that I’m going to have to try the headset out consistently for the time period and listen to my body’s cues for food instead of shovelling food in my mouth just because it’s there.
How does it work?
The Modius headset is worn for up to an hour per day over a set period of time. I’m trying the headset out for 90 days to see how it helps me. The headset works by sending a pulse to the part of the brain called the hypothalamus and brain stem. It does this by non-invasively stimulating the vestibular nerve which is found behind the ear. According to Modius “this is scientifically proven to influence this area in the brain which can decrease appetite, reduce cravings and increase a user’s sense of fullness.”
Is it safe?
One of my concerns about the headset was is it safe? Is it safe to be sending signals to your brain? Having had a discussion with the Modius team and listening to Dr Jason McKeown, they tell me that the Modius headset is manipulating the nerves that control your appetite and cravings. There are over 7,000 users of the headset who have carried out over 400,000 sessions and whilst it is safe to use, some users do have some side effects when using the headset. After weighing everything up and taking into account everything I’d heard, I was looking forward to trying it out.
To begin with, the Modius headset needs to charge up. Once charged, it can be paired with the Modius app that is downloaded to your smart phone (I’m using my iPhone) and you’re ready to clean the back of your ear and stick the electrodes onto the bony bit behind your ears. Once stuck down, you pop the headset on and connect the electrodes. Once the app and headset are paired, it’s time to start the session.
Users can often feel a tingly sensation behind their ears and I’ve felt that on every session so far. It’s also reported that users can feel like they’re swaying when the headset is in use. It has 10 levels so it’s recommended to start off under level 3 and work your way up as to get used to the swaying sensation.
Using the headset on the lower levels, I didn’t feel any of the sway sensation as mentioned. As soon as I moved up to Level 4, I did feel a little nauseous and felt like the room was moving a little. It’s advised to sit down whilst using Modius, not to use machinery or drive a car!
Try Modius with me
I’ll be testing the Modius headset out over the next 90 days and will report back next month to let you know how I’m getting on. Will I have lost any weight? Will I have seen any reduction in cravings? Fingers crossed for me!
If you want to try out Modius too, use the code Emma15 to get a 15% off discount if you want to purchase the headset. Rest assured, Modius offer a 90 day guarantee, so if you want to try it too and you don’t like it, you can receive a full refund if you return it within 90 days of purchase.
Find out how these other lovely bloggers are getting on with their Modius journeys too: Going On An Adventure, Plutonium Sox, The Olivers Madhouse, Soph Obsessed, The Twinkle Diaries, Mum in the Madhouse, Emma and 3, Emmys Mummy
Disclosure: This is a paid partnership with Modius. All words and images are my own.