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How to use a TENS units & EMS machines for weight loss? Placement of electrode pads (UK)

Losing weight has become one of the main objectives of modern society, and it is estimated that this trend will continue to grow in the future, since the number of obese people is exaggerated, and the health benefits of losing weight are enormous.

There are several methods to lose weight, and one of the most popular is muscle electrostimulation, because it allows you to lose a considerable amount of calories during the session, and many more indirectly after finishing it. Today we are going to show you in detail how to use it.

How to use EMS machine to lose weight?

If you are still wondering how an EMS machine can help you lose weight, we are going to give you more reasons to buy one and take advantage of its other benefits.

Benefits

While electrotherapy can help you lose weight, it can also bring you many more benefits like the ones you will learn about below:

  • Improves resistance to fatigue: which will allow you to increase the amount of work you can do during training, which translates into more calories burned and more fat lost.
  • Improves elasticity: training with electrotherapy considerably improves the elasticity of muscle fibers and prevents the loss of elasticity, a fairly common consequence in middle-aged and elderly people.
  • Increases vasodilation: thus increasing blood flow, which allows better oxygenation and assimilation of nutrients in the muscles.
  • Prevents injuries: all these benefits make your muscles healthier and more resistant to injuries of all kinds, which will allow you to stay at your best for longer each year.

What intensity to use?

The ideal intensity to reduce body fat is between 30 Hz and 50 Hz. The exact frequency is going to depend mainly on the size of the muscle we are going to train. For large muscle groups such as the legs and abdomen, a frequency closer to 50 Hz is ideal, while for smaller muscle groups such as the arms and pecs, a frequency closer to 30 Hz is ideal.

However, as mentioned above, by generating muscle hypertrophy, more fat can be burned during the muscle building process. In this case, the frequency to be used should be higher than 50Hz to generate sufficient overload to stimulate muscle growth.

Best EMS machines for body fat reduction

Now that you are clear about the benefits of using muscle electrostimulation therapy to burn fat, we present the best units on the market so you can start changing your habits from the comfort of your home or office.

Compex Sport 2.0 - EMS muscle stimulator with 4 channels and 4 electrodes pads
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: 4
  • Modes/Programs: Not specified
  • Intensity: Not specified
  • Wireless: No
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Electrodes: 4 pads
  • Display: Digital
  • Size: Not specified
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Portable and small size
  • Includes user manual
  • Does not specify measurements and weight
  • No specified modes or programmes
  • No intensity levels specified
Among the most effective options for muscle conditioning offered by the Compex brand, the Compex Sport 2.0 electrostimulation unit stands out in particular, designed specifically to promote fat burning and the recovery of muscle fibers, allowing you to tone your body and strengthen your muscles, while promoting physical recovery and relaxation.

It has all the basic functions of Compex electrostimulators, plus the innovative MI technology, which greatly increases the effectiveness of treatment by keeping records of the sessions performed. It is the perfect device for athletes who practice their disciplines between 1 and 2 times a week. It has 7 conditioning programs, 3 recovery massage programs, 6 pain management programs and 4 training programs.

Beurer - 2-in-1 abdominal and back EMS belt with 5 preset programs
  • No. of Programmes: 5 Programmes
  • Material: Not specified
  • Power Source: 3 AAA Batteries
  • Size: One size fits all
  • Heat Effect: No
  • Includes user manual
  • Portable and small size
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • No material specified
  • No power supply duration specified
  • No heat therapy
Beuer brings to its users a line of training belts and bands that will change the way you work your abdominal and lower back muscles. It is particularly the EM39 EMS 2 in 1 model that will allow you to work the mentioned muscle groups simultaneously, with programmable intensity and adjustable to any waist size in a range of 75 cm to 130 cm.

The EM39 EMS belt comes complete with 3 x 1.5v AAA batteries required for operation. It has a number of incredibly practical features for the application of muscle electrostimulation, including ergonomic design, session timer, adjustable intensity and the ability to wash it safely by hand. All this makes it an excellent choice for muscle training.

KATIX - EMS Belt Training System with 3 motors, 6 Mode and 20 pads
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: Not specified
  • Modes/Programs: 6 Modes
  • Intensity: 10 Levels
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Not specified
  • Electrodes: 20 Pads
  • Display: No display
  • Size: Not specified
  • Portable and small size
  • Accelerates recovery from sports injuries
  • Wireless electrodes
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Does not specify measurements and weight
  • No display included
  • Battery type and duration not specified
The Katix EMS abdominal stimulator from SAVACO store is a specialized method of muscle electrostimulation that sends signals directly to the muscle groups throughout the abdominal area and stimulates muscle movement through electrical impulses. You will get amazing results that will be visible in a minimum of three months of constant use.

It is a low-profile garment that can be used at any time of the day under clothing. It has 6 modes of use, each of which has 10 levels of intensity, so you can adapt your workout to your needs, strengthening your body and defining your figure with just 15 minutes of use, twice a day.

Compex Sport 4.0 - EMS muscle stimulator with 4 channels and 4 electrodes pads
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: 4
  • Modes/Programs: Not specified
  • Intensity: Not specified
  • Wireless: No
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Electrodes: 4 electrodes
  • Display: Digital
  • Size: 22 x 32 x 20 cm; 249gr
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Portable and small size
  • Includes user manual
  • Not for pain relief
  • No specified modes or programmes
  • No intensity levels specified
The Compex Sport 4.0 is the ideal companion for competitive athletes, thanks to its application of EMS technology to increase physical performance in a natural way, while facilitating recovery. It also has the innovative MI technology, through which you can perform a scan of the muscle and know what frequency is appropriate for the treatment you want, greatly increasing the effectiveness of treatment.

The Compex Sport 4.0 has 10 conditioning programs, 5 recovery massage programs, 8 pain management programs, 2 rehabilitation programs and 5 fitness programs. All these features make it the perfect electrostimulator for athletes who practice their sport 3 to 4 times a week, for injury prevention and fast recovery from injuries.

WARDBES - Rechargeable EMS electric muscle abs stimulator with 3 motors 6 modes and 9 intensity levels
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: Not specified
  • Modes/Programs: 6 Modes
  • Intensity: 9 Levels
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium
  • Electrodes: 10 Pads
  • Display: Digital
  • Size: Not specified
  • Wireless electrodes
  • Includes user manual
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Accelerates recovery from sports injuries
  • No battery life specified
  • No carrying bag included
  • Few types of programmes
WARDBES brings to its users one of the most avant-garde designs available in the market in terms of muscle electrostimulation devices designed exclusively to work the abdomen and define the figure. Its simple mode of use will allow you to choose between 6 modes of use and 9 levels of intensity for efficient fat burning and figure shaping.

The electrostimulation pads are washable and the garment is extremely light, compact and portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go. Its 200mAh rechargeable battery with fast charging system allows you to have it ready to use in just a few minutes of charging.

Brrnoo - EMS and TENS leather belt for waist toning with 6 modes and Rechargeable
  • No. of Programmes: 6 Modes
  • Material: Leather
  • Power Source: Rechargeable lithium battery
  • Size: One size fits all
  • Heat Effect: No
  • TENS+EMS combo
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Reduces pain symptoms
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Portable device
  • No heat therapy
  • No carrying bag included
  • No battery life specified
The Brrnoo abdominal training belt is a wonderful option to remove localized fat from the abdominal area through the application of electrical micro impulses and TENS stimulation technology, thanks to the diversity of use modes it has, from which you can choose to obtain different results according to your needs.

The purchase package contains a 100% new electrostimulation belt made of polyurethane leather, together with an extension strap, a USB charging cable, 4 hydrogel tubes and a user manual in English. Its operation is really simple, and you will be able to use it to reinforce your training in a very easy way.

Compex Sport 6.0 - Wireless Muscle Stimulator with 4 channels, 30 programmes and 4 electrodes
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: 4
  • Modes/Programs: 30 Programmes
  • Intensity: Not specified
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Electrodes: 4 electrodes
  • Display: Digital
  • Size: 31 x 34 x 15 cm
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Wireless electrodes
  • Includes user manual
  • Portable and small size
  • Includes carrying bag
  • No weight specified
  • No battery life specified
  • No intensity levels specified
The versatile Compex SP 6.0 electrostimulator is one of the best options for increasing physical performance thanks to its 10 conditioning programs and 5 fitness training programs, allowing you to increase both the strength and volume of your muscles quickly and naturally, through electrical impulses that stimulate the growth of muscle fibers.

It also has 5 recovery massage programs, 8 pain management modes and 2 rehabilitation programs, through which the Compex SP 6.0 facilitates rapid physical recovery and promotes muscle relaxation after exercise. It is the best electric massage unit for athletes who practice their discipline more frequently than 3 times a week.

Yonars - EMS Abs training device with 10 modes and 20 intensity levels
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: Not specified
  • Modes/Programs: 10 Modes
  • Intensity: 20 Levels
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium (up to 30 hours)
  • Electrodes: Not specified
  • Display: Digital
  • Size: 100 x 10 x 0,5 cm - 500 g
  • Good quality
  • Long battery life (up to 30 hours)
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Portable and small size
  • Accelerates recovery from sports injuries
  • Not for pain relief
  • No heat therapy
  • No carrying bag included
This is an advanced muscle stimulator that uses EMS technology to help your body develop muscle fibers and exponentially increase fat loss. Developed by the Yonars brand, it has 10 modes of use and 20 intensity levels and does not require the application of gel. Its portability and discreet design ensures you can use it anytime, anywhere.

This stimulator is FDA approved and has passed multiple rigorous quality tests and inspections. It features a built-in battery with fast charging function through a USB interface, giving you a full battery in less than two hours, for more than 30 hours of continuous operation.

ShengMI - EMS training device with 6 modes, 3-motor and 10 intensity levels with 10 pads
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: Not specified
  • Modes/Programs: 6 Modes
  • Intensity: 10 Levels
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: 6 AA Batteries
  • Electrodes: 10 Pads
  • Display: No display
  • Size: Not specified
  • Accelerates recovery from sports injuries
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Portable and small size
  • Improves blood circulation
  • User manual included
  • Display not included
  • Transport bag not included
  • Does not specify dimensions and weight
The SHENGMI store presents one of its most popular items: an abdominal electro stimulator with a specialized design to cover the entire area of the abdominal muscles, so that the electrical impulses provided by the device cover the entire muscle group, providing impressive results in just a few weeks of use.

Its objective is to provide the user with a quick and easy way to exercise and obtain the aesthetic benefits of an intense exercise routine; with this muscle stimulator, you will obtain the same results as a daily 2 Km run or an hour of sit-ups, without the need to spend time on uncomfortable routines. Its built-in battery offers a very fast charge and an autonomy of 30 hours of uninterrupted one, in addition, its portability and light weight will allow you to take it with you and use it when you feel like it.

Compex Sport 8.0 - Wireless EMS Muscle Stimulator with 4 channels, 40 programmes and 4 electrodes
  • Type: EMS
  • Channels: 4
  • Modes/Programs: 40 Programmes
  • Intensity: Not specified
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Heat Therapy: No
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Electrodes: 4 electrodes
  • Display: Digital
  • Size: 15 x 34 x 30 cm; 200gr
  • Wireless electrodes
  • Includes user manual
  • Prevents muscle atrophy
  • Portable and small size
  • Includes carrying bag
  • No heat therapy
  • No battery life specified
  • No intensity levels specified
This is the latest model in the SP series of electro-stimulators from Compex. The Compex SP 8.0 is the ideal exercise tool for professional athletes, offering a powerful EMS stimulation system that produces muscle contractions that increase strength, volume, tone and muscle elasticity, allowing you to use it before exercise to improve your performance, and after exercise to facilitate recovery.

It features MI tracking technology, which allows the SP 8.0 to perform a quick automatic muscle scan, and set the appropriate program according to the goal you want to achieve. This professional-grade training device will revolutionize the way you exercise, as it is designed for athletes who practice their discipline on a daily basis.

Video: How to place electrodes pads to lose weight?

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More types of EMS electrostimulators and TENS machines you should know

Can you lose weight with electrotherapy?

The first thing you need to know is how weight loss works. In simple words, what happens is that the body has two forms of "fuel" to obtain energy to do all its processes correctly, these are glucose and fats. By nature, the first thing that is usually burned is glucose, as it is easier for the body to synthesize, but there is a limit of sugars that the body can take as energy each day, as these are necessary for various hormonal and brain functions, so it can not be empty of this.

When we reach that limit, if we do not consume more calories, the body begins to use fats as energy, burning it and thus generating a weight loss. Now, how can you burn so many calories as to start burning fat?

Well the answer is that you can't, it would be the equivalent of running 10 kilometers every day or even more. The key here is to reduce calorie intake, falling into a calorie deficit that forces the body to turn to sugars faster, and then continue with fats.

That said: how can electrotherapy help you lose weight? Simple, EMS or muscle electrostimulation works by contracting the muscles, which in itself will generate caloric consumption, and if done with sufficient intensity, it will also generate muscle damage or hypertrophy, which will subsequently require more passive caloric consumption to stimulate the generation of muscle mass.

However: Is it enough to lose weight with electrotherapy alone? No, caloric consumption will remain low, so electrotherapy must be accompanied by a low calorie diet and a training routine in the gym intense enough to generate the weight loss we want.

Differences between TENS and EMS: Which is better for weight loss?

These two concepts are often confused because they are both part of the modern electrotherapy family. But they are quite different beyond the fact that they both use electricity to stimulate the body. The first is TENS or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

For what concerns weight loss, TENS units does not have any kind of benefit, since it is mainly focused on the stimulation of nerve receptors to generate relief from ailments, so its use is more related to rehabilitation processes.

EMS or muscular electrostimulation is different and uses high frequency currents to generate muscle contractions that improve the tone and appearance of the muscles. It is mainly used to strengthen muscles with a mainly aesthetic purpose, as well as to lose weight and define the musculature.

Contraindications in the use of electrodes and electrotherapy

</p> <h3>Contraindications for electrode placement</h3> <p>
The placement of the electrodes is of utmost importance in electrotherapy, whether TENS or EMS, so here are some things to keep in mind before starting a session:

  • Symmetrical placement: the negative and positive poles of each electrode should be connected symmetrically. That is to say, if we use two pads, we should use one positive and one negative pole in each one, while if we use four, the equivalence should be two positive and two negative.
  • Do not cross the electrodes: you cannot use one electrode in the lower train and another in the upper train and more importantly, never cross the electrodes from the left side to the right side of the body and vice versa, since the current path can negatively affect the patient's health. For this reason it is always recommended to use the electrodes in a localized way.
  • Motor point: at least one of the electrodes, whether positive or negative, must be positioned over the motor point, which is the point where the greatest force is achieved in the muscle in question.
  • Control the intensity: the size of the muscle must be taken into account when choosing the intensity of the current, since the less volume and size the muscle has, the lower the tolerated intensity will be.
  • Be careful with the skin: EMS or TENS should not be used on recently depilated areas since the pores will be open and this could generate skin sensitivity. Do not use on irritated or reddened areas, open wounds or recent scars.
</p> <h3>Contraindications for the use of electrostimulation</h3> <p>
Being a therapy that applies currents to the body, it cannot be used for all conditions, therefore its use should be avoided in cases where the user suffers from the following conditions:

  • Epilepsy.
  • Cardiac pacemakers.
  • Circulation disorders and problems.
  • Abdominal or inguinal hernias.
  • Neurological disturbances.
  • Tendency to bleed.
  • Skin irritation, burns or wounds.
  • Diseases that affect muscle metabolism, such as diabetes.
  • Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, hypertension and obesity).
  • High uric acid levels.
  • Metabolic disorders and metabolic pathologies.
  • Inflammatory pathologies.

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