Slim Rings Make You Toe the Line to Lose Weight

Need to lose weight? One Japanese company believes the thrill of victory comes via the agony of the feet. Cataloger has created Slim Rings with that philosophy in mind. For just 3,129 yen (about $34 - not cheap) you get a pair of one-size-fits-all flexible silicone plastic rings that fasten around your big toes.

Now here comes the science: Each ring has a bump that you position downward so that each time your toe touches the ground, you'll feel it and instinctively adjust your stride. Sort of like walking on eggshells; without the mess.  

Your new, unfamiliar walking style may not be noticeable to others (one would hope, at least) but on the inside where it counts, muscles not normally used in walking get a serious workout. How nice it is that those hard-working muscles burn the fat right where dieters need to slim down... the belly and thighs!

As always, we can't guarantee if any weight loss solutions, devices or techniques are truly effective, that's up to the buyer or user to determine on their own. The theory behind Slim Rings seems to make sense but it's likely using them along with one of the better weight loss diets & exercise regimens would improve one's prospects of actually losing weight. Caveat emptor - and thanks to the folks at Rinkya for featuring this interesting new item!

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Steve Levenstein

Mar 2, 2009
by Anonymous

The problem for fat people is

they don't walk much, so even one has to spend 10 times effort to walk, 500 ft of walk don't do much.

Mar 2, 2009
by Anonymous

targetted weight loss doesn't work

well, the idea might be sound if you assume that these people don't use those muscles for other things already and that they're already very efficient walkers. really, the advice would be to just rotate through various forms of exercise every few weeks/months.

as for the "How nice it is that those hard-working muscles burn the fat right where dieters need to slim down... the belly and thighs!" You cannot target where fat loss will occur unless you're getting a liposuction treatment. You can build more muscles to gain better definition, but you're not going to be targeting that fat in particular.