Does The Power Plate Help Me To Lose Weight?
In a word, yes. Specifically research seems to indicate that the Power Plate coupled with dietary changes is effective at reducing overall body fat percentage better than diet alone.
In a 2010 study posted in The European Journal of Obesity, 79 participants were broken into 4 groups: control, diet, diet plus cardio and diet plus whole body vibration. At the end of the yearlong study all the groups except the control lost significant amounts of weight but both the cardio and the vibration group had a significant drop in body fat percentage when compared to the diet alone group. (Also the WBV group lost a significant amount of visceral fat, which is that fat around the midsection that is really bad for you).
What is really significant is the amount of time and effort the cardio group had to put in when compared to Power Plate:
• The cardio group ran intervals at 70-80% of their max heart rate for 1 hour 3 times a week.
• The Power Plate group performed exercises for between 11 and 14 min 3 times a week.
At the end of the day, what seems easier?
This is not to suggest that you should throw out your exercise bike, rower, elliptical or treadmill as there are numerous benefits to cardiovascular training. In fact, without a strong heart and lungs I would argue it would be hard to sustain any strength training program but if your goal is body recomposition (looking better in a swim suit) then maybe you should consider adding whole body vibration to your workout.