Vibration Plate Exercise Machines Trim Belly Fat
Results of a new study show that vibration plate exercise machines can trim harmful belly fat, combined with exercise and calorie restriction. Researchers compared four groups of people. Dieters who used vibration plate exercise machines lost enough weight to improve health. The findings showed that vibration plate exercise machines help dieters trim belly fat when used properly.
Dirk Vissers, a physiotherapist at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium led the study. According to Vissers, vibration plate exercise machines “are increasingly found in gyms across the industrialized world and have gathered a devoted following in some places, but there has not been any evidence that they help people lose weight. Our study, the first to investigate the effects of vibration in obese people, indicates it's a promising approach. It looks like these machines could be a useful addition to a weight control package."
The scientists compared four groups of people. One group included dieters given conventional aerobic exercise, another used vibration plate exercise machines combined with dieting, a third group was asked to diet only, performing no exercise, and a fourth group received no intervention. The study was performed over six months and included mostly women. Follow-up for belly fat and weight loss was also performed at twelve months.
Three groups of participants received dietary counselling, to include a calorie-restricted diet. The exercise group attended hour-long classes twice a week, and were encouraged to exercise a third day on their own, performing activities that included swimming, resistance training, step aerobics and running. The group using vibration plate exercise machines were instructed not to perform any aerobic activity during the six months of the study.
The group who used the vibration plate exercise machines, in addition to a calorie-restricted diet, lost approximately 7 inches (47.8 sq. cm) of belly fat, sustaining a flatter tummy at twelve months. Each week physiotherapists increased the intensity and speed of the vibration plate exercise machines, in addition to providing a variety of exercises such a lunges, abdominal crunches, calf raises, and squats and push-ups. Duration of the exercises progressed from 30 seconds for every 10 exercises to 60 seconds for every 22 exercises.
The diet-only group experienced a six percent weight loss, but it was not sustained during the six months of the study. The exercise group lost seven percent of their initial weight, ending up at 6.9 percent weight loss after twelve months. The group using vibration plate exercise machines, plus diet, lost eleven percent of their initial weight, maintaining a 10.5 percent weight loss at one-year. The group who did nothing gained weight.
The conventional exercise group lost approximately 3.5 inches of belly fat (24.3 sq. cm) during the six-month study. After one year, the amount of sustained belly fat loss was only slightly less than at the beginning of the study (1.6 cm). The scientists hope to find out more about why vibration plate exercise machines trim belly fat effectively. It may be the result of increased blood flow to the abdomen. Hormonal changes in visceral fat may be responsible for the findings that vibration plate exercise machines seem better than aerobic activity for trimming belly fat.
The researchers say the results are encouraging, but emphasize that though vibration plate exercise machines were shown to trim belly fat and help with sustained weight loss, calorie restriction and proper use of the machines is important. Standing on a vibration plate exercise machine and holding the handles, will not trim belly fat or help with weight loss.
European Association for the Study of Obesity