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It has been just over 3 months since I started the Modius headset trial and it’s time to update you all on how I’ve got on. As a quick recap, the Modius headset has been designed using very clever neuroscience and helps to decrease appetite, reduce cravings and help you feel fuller for longer. You can read more about how to wear the headset here and how it helps. It’s a new weightloss tool and targets the brain rather than the stomach like other traditional weight loss remedies. So how did I get on?
I wrote at the beginning of this trial that I was very keen to see if the headset could help me lose weight. I have struggled with my weight for what seems like the entire of my adult life. Although I managed to lose a considerable amount of weight in order to conceive both my children, during and after my pregnancies I have put most of my weight back on again. I have an underachieve thyroid and I also suffer with PCOS so losing weight is a little more of a challenge.
As many readers of the blog will know, I have written about weight loss for many years and followed the Slimming World plan to help me regulate my diet and help me shift some weight. For the purposes of this trial (and other factors including a non-sleeping toddler and other general life stresses) I haven’t followed Slimming World over the last three months and have only used the Modius headset as directed.
How has the trial gone?
Over the last three months I’ve had a bit of a love hate affair with the headset. I initially was intrigued with it and started off well. The headset makes you feel as if you are swaying so once you have overcome that feeling the hour of wearing the headset goes quite quickly. Initially I was wearing the headset during the middle of the day. Trying to use it when Freddie had his nap and it was an excuse for me to sit down (you don’t really want to be standing up when using it) and take a break. Unfortunately toddlers are unpredictable and I couldn’t really guarantee using the headset at around the same time every day and therefore I decided to switch the times when I used the headset to the evening just before bed.
Whilst wearing the headset in the evening worked out for me, my sleep began to improve (as well as my toddlers). I reported in my last post that I was dreaming during my sleep cycles which was fascinating as I hadn’t had quality sleep which enabled dreams for a really long time. Dr Jason McKeown told me that this was associated with the hypothalamus gland being stimulated and was a great sign of the headset working.
Over the last month of the trial I have struggled with the headset. I had a few occasions where the headset made me feel really queasy and uncomfortable and I began to dread wearing the headset. With advice, I took a break from the headset for a few days and resumed the trial again activating the headset on a lower level than before. This seemed to help and since I’ve not had many issues at all.
So did I lose any weight?
Over the last three months, I have seen my weight fluctuate and in total I have lost 8lb. When you have more than five stone to lose it seems like a drop in the ocean but it’s a start. I never thought the headset would be a quick fix and it isn’t but it has helped me tackle some of the other issues I have with food. Mainly picking at foods between meals and reducing my cravings for rubbish that I shouldn’t really be eating.
I do believe the headset has helped me think more positively towards my current weight and although I recognise I still have a very long way to go, I’m a little more accepting of the current me, my body shape and my weight. This doesn’t detract from the fact that I still need to lose weight, I’m just a little more confident with putting myself out there. Also, my sleep has dramatically improved and I’ve slept for more than 5 hours in a night more regularly which is fantastic. Having had quality sleep helps me make better choices and I’m less likely to pick unhealthy foods and snack on the children’s foods just because it’s in the cupboard.
Whilst it has been really interesting to use the headset, I think to get more out of it and see better results (i.e a more dramatic weightloss), I’d need to combine it with a restrictive diet plan. Personally, I don’t think 8lb in 3 months is particularly brilliant when on a restrictive diet that I have done in the past, I would have lost 8lb in 3 weeks. But then again, my sleep was rubbish and my confidence wasn’t that great. I’d like to continue with the Modius headset and see where I’ll be in the next three months.
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.