I’ve been struggling with fluctuations in my weight for years. After the birth of my first child, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and I really struggled coping with some of its symptoms such as mood swings, weight gain and anxiety. Ever since the birth of my second child, my body changed even more and my metabolism now seems to be on a permanent holiday. By following a low-carb diet and regular exercise I heroically managed to lose 15kgs within 8 months, which is an amazing achievement on its own, but, extremely straining for someone like myself who has little to no motivation to exercise.
Several months ago, I was introduced to the wonderful world of EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation) training. At first I was extremely weary and hesitant about this type of exercise because not only you have to wear a special vest and patches that connect you to a machine with a number of wires, also, it only lasted 20′ and there was no need to train more than once a week. This must be a gimmick!
After months of doing EMS I can safely say this is not a gimmick. The results on my body are visible and my strength has increased a lot!
Why is 20′ of EMS training per week, enough to lose weight and build core strength? The electrical current that pass through your core muscles is 80 times more effective than normal mainstream exercising because of the contractions it generates to the muscles. The energy it generates is so powerful that the muscles will regenerate even after 2 days thus in order for muscles to regenerate they need to feed off fat and that’s how EMS is effective with weight loss. Additionally, a 20′ session burns approximately 700 calories (more if you do high intensity training). The more muscle you build, the more calories you lose.
Of course in order to successfully lose weight in combination with EMS I have to follow a balanced nutritional diet high in protein (to help muscle regeneration) and low in carbohydrates. Usually I eat a hearty, full fat, protein-only breakfast which entails of eggs, bacon and a protein shake . Breakfast gives me enough energy to last me till the afternoon where I usually have some chicken, tuna or a salad with haloumi cheese.
If you are living in Vienna and would like to have a trial EMS session at Bodystreet to try it out, click on the link.
For a delicious high protein breakfast or lunch alternative Frittata with Ricotta and Mixed Greens