Power Plate exercise may help fight the flab

May 12th, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 12 (ANI): Doing exercise on Power Plate - a vibrating exercise machine, and consuming a healthy diet may help people lose weight and trim harmful belly fat, according to a new study.

In the study, researchers at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, found that overweight or obese people who regularly undertook Power Plate exercise were more successful at long-term weight loss and shedding visceral or belly fat than those who combined dieting with a more conventional fitness routine and those who simply dieted.

The study was carried out over a six-month period, after which subjects returned to their daily lives and reported back for retesting at 12 months.

In terms of weight loss, the Power Plate group lost 11 percent of their body weight and maintained a 10.5 percent loss.

The diet and conventional fitness group lost 7 percent and maintained a 6.9 percent loss.

The diet only group lost 6 percent, and maintained less than 5 percent loss

Even more promising was the reduction of visceral fat. The Power Plate group lost 47.8 sq. cm. (18.8 in.), and maintained a loss of 47.7 sq. cm (18.7 in.)

The diet and conventional fitness group lost only 17.6 sq. cm. (6.93 in.), and maintained only a 1.6 sq. cm (.63 in) loss.

The diet only group lost 24.3 sq. cm. (9.57 in.) and maintained only 7.5 sq. cm. (2.95 in.) loss.

The new research has been presented at the 17th European Congress on Obesity (ECO). (ANI)

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