Maximizing Manduu Results, Part 2: Visceral Fat: The Hidden Killer
Manduu’s Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training is safe, effective and incredibly efficient. But there are things you should be doing outside of the studio to get the most benefits from your Manduu training.
What motivates you to Manduu? For many of our clients, it’s the desire to burn fat. Specifically, they want to get rid of the extra weight they see in the mirror. But the most dangerous fat in our bodies is the fat we cannot see in the mirror: visceral fat.
Visceral fat lies deep inside your abdomen and wraps around your internal organs. Unlike subcutaneous fat, which accumulates in the lower body and is easily visible, you can’t always feel or see visceral fat. In fact, it’s quite possible to have a flat stomach and still have visceral fat.
So why is visceral fat so dangerous?
Visceral Fat: The Hidden Killer
Visceral fat secretes hormones and chemicals linked to disorders that plague adults, such as breast cancer, heart disease and dementia. One study found the chances of getting colorectal cancer were nearly doubled among postmenopausal women who accumulate visceral fat.
Additionally, visceral fat is directly linked with higher total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and lower amounts of HDL cholesterol (the good kind). High levels of visceral fat can also result in increased insulin resistance, which may lead to glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes.
We gain fat and excess weight when we eat too much and exercise too little. But muscle mass also has a lot to do with our ability to burn fat. As we get older, muscle mass tends to diminish while the fat in our bodies increases.
Luckily, there is a form of exercise that is uniquely suited to building muscle and defeating visceral fat.
How Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) Destroys Fat
Building and maintaining muscle mass is a key factor in the battle against fat, and an EMS workout at Manduu is one of the most effective ways to increase muscle mass and strength, as well as flexibility, joint stability and metabolism. Here’s how it works:
Elements in your body, such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, have specific electrical charges. The cells in your body use these charged elements to generate electricity. When your muscles contract, it’s because your brain sent electric signals to those muscles telling them to do so.
But instead of waiting for your brain to send signals to your muscles telling them to contract, Manduu uses a specially-designed suit fitted with carbon fiber electrodes to generate a low-level electrical impulse. That impulse creates resistance, and Manduu workouts are designed to work against that resistance to build muscle more efficiently.
Researchers around the world are having success in using EMS to destroy visceral fat. In a recent study, a team of doctors in South Korea administered either EMS or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, five times a week over a 12-week period, to 60 patients with abdominal obesity.
About 70 percent of the EMS group lost more than four centimeters of waist circumference, while only 33 percent of the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation group lost the same amount. In addition, slight decreases in visceral abdominal fat and total abdominal fat areas were observed in the EMS group at 12 weeks.
As always, a healthy diet and exercise are the keys to maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy life. But with EMS training at Manduu, visceral fat doesn’t stand a chance.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of our Maximizing Manduu Results blog series.