Do Magnetic Bracelets Help with Weight Loss?

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Magnetic devices abound among the no-diet-no-exercise weight loss aids. Touted for their supposed effects on metabolism and circulation, magnetic bracelets are sold to aid weight loss. There is, however, no evidence whatsoever as to the effectiveness of magnets in weight loss.

Proposed Mechanism of Action

The north pole of a magnet is supposed to stimulate metabolism, increasing the calories burned in cells and thus increasing the general energy expenditure. In the bracelets -- marketed for wearing on fingers or toes depending on the design -- the magnets are used in combination with principles of acupressure. Acupressure is an alternative therapy technique, based on the idea that stimulating certain points in the body will lead to changes in internal organs and physiological processes. The general principles are the same as used in acupuncture. 

Possible Mechanism of Action

And yet some people swear by the bracelets and the way magnets helped them lose weight. The best explanation for these results is a simple placebo effect. Being aware of receiving treatment and believing in its effectiveness can be a powerful force in healing, especially when psychological and motivational factors are as important as they are with any behavior change such as weight loss.


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I am Allergic To nickel. I can I wear bracelet

Michelle Kilbane May 02, 2020

I do interesting to lose my weight magnetic bracelet

Sarah Sultan March 09, 2020

Will this actually work?if so how much weight will my mom lose

Amanda Adams November 04, 2019

Does it matter which arm you wear the bracelet for maximum weightloss results?

Deborah August 08, 2019

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