Today’s post is on ‘Vibration Plate’ trainers. You have probably either heard of them or seen them. They are basically big metal plates that vibrate when you stand on them. The ‘selling point’ of them seems to be you can lose weight with them without putting much effort in – could this be true?
The idea is as you stand on the machine your muscles are contracting hundreds of times faster than they would do normally and therefore you are burning massive amounts of fat.
Let’s clear something up right away. You cannot burn fat by just standing on a machine and ‘letting’ it do all the work for you. It just doesn’t work that way. You have to push yourself to get results.
I’m not sayign Vibration Plates are useless, far from it. If you are an advanced enough exerciser to do squats, lunges, and press-ups without ‘feeling the burn’ this could help you. It will certainly add to the difficulty of these sorts of exercises and work your body harder.
But vibration plates are not going to do anything if you just stand around on them. And therefore they really aren’t of much use to beginners.
Today’s Takeaway – There is no ‘easy way’ to lose weight with exercise. If you are waiting for some miracle product that will do all the work for you, you will be waiting for a long time.
This entry was posted on November 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm and is filed under Products. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
If you wanted to go down the fat loss pills route, there are many, many options available to you. But the real question is, do they work? And if so, does the fat loss come at a price?
Even a major advocate of exercise and healthy eating like myself cannot deny that SOME of the fat loss pills out there do work. There are many case studies of how they do help people lose weight.
However I am going to give you 2 good reasons why you should NEVER go down this road to burn fat and get slimmer;
1/ You would have to take them forever. Just like exercise and healthy eating, fat loss pills will only work whilst you are taking them. So if/when you stop you will put the weight back on and be back to square one (or probably worse). Sow whilst may provide a short term solution there is really no longevity to there results.
2/ What are the long term effects of taking them? Whilst I’m sure all the manufacturers of fat loss pills would argue ‘none’ to the above question, it is impossible to know one way or the other. The pills have not be around long enough and not enough studies have been done to know what the long term effects are. So unless you are willing to risk your health on these pills, I would recommend you steer clear.
It’s not just the effect on your health you should worry about either. I am no scientist, but I would be willing to bet that a stint taking fat loss pills would drastically ‘mess’ with your body’s metabolism. Yes, the idea of them is to increase your metabolism, but that means serious problems with a decreasing metabolism when you stop taking them.
Today’s Takeaway – Don’t… Read more->
This entry was posted on July 15, 2010 at 7:29 am and is filed under metabolism, Products. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
Are fat loss pills the answer to your prayers? Will they help you lose weight in minimal time and achieve the results you have always wanted?
I am not going to discuss any fat loss pills in particular, but we have all heard the claims they make; ‘Just take one pill a day a drop a stone in 2 weeks’ or something along those lines. So should you give a fat loss pill a go?
I strongly believe that whatever you do to lose weight MUST allow for sustainable weight loss, i.e. weight loss you can keep going forever. Otherwise even if you do lose weight you will gradually go back to your old ways and the weight will come back on again.
I would cetainly not advise taking a fat loss pill forever, and I doubt any reputable company that sells them would either. Essentially they promise to help you lose weight and then it is up to you to keep it off. So you would have to start exercising and eating healthily at this point.
But why not just do that from the start? If you do this, you know if will work, you will know as long as you keep your regime up you won’t put weight back on, and you won’t have to worry about the side affects of the fat loss pills either.
Today’s Takeaway – Unless it’s a severe case (i.e. life or death) I never recommend fat loss pills as the answer to peoples weight problems. Even if you get results, you will just end up back at square one when you stop taking them.
This entry was posted on July 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm and is filed under Products. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
More and more balance shoes and trainers seem to be in the shops and available at the moment.
Several of my personal training clients ask me whether its worth them buying a pair or not. I always say it really depends what they are looking to get out of them.
They offer excellent support for the foot and are more comfortable than a lot of other shoes out there.
They also help create an instability that improves your posture.
These are two very valid reasons for buying them.Many people have poor posture and wearing a shoe like this will help to improve it and in turn help to alleviate the lower back pain so many people suffer from.
But the selling point that people are most interested in is the ‘tone bum muscles,’ claim the companies make.
You should not buy them for this reason.
There will be no noticeable difference in ‘bum tone’ from wearing these shoes. Don’t buy into that, it’s just a marketing ploy.
Has anyone ever told you how toned their bum is now they are wearing their balance shoes?
I seriously doubt it.
These shoes are not going to replace exercise and a healthy diet.
These shoes are a big financial investment so you need to know what they will and won’t give you before purchasing.
Today’s Takeaway - Use your common sense when evaluating products. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
This entry was posted on June 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm and is filed under Products. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.