Have you seen those ads on TV?
The ones for the vibrating platforms… those crazy devices that vibrate your muscles so you lose weight.
The “I lost 14.8 kgs in a month just standing on this vibrating platform… just 3 minutes a day, 4 times a week”.
Do you think they actually work?
Turns out the recent vibrating platform that’s made it’s way onto TV in New Zealand… get this… comes with meal plans, a recipe book and if you order NOW you’ll get a free two month supply of food replacement / energy shake.
Well, while I admit I can’t speak to the efficiency and or effectiveness that standing on a vibrating platform has for your muscles, what I can tell you is this… if you follow a reduced calorie meal plan and use calorie control meal replacement shakes its highly likely you’ll lose weight.
It’s got nothing to do with whether you use the vibrating platform they sell you… it’s whether you follow the meal plan.
What does that tell you?
That changing what you eat is the best way to lose weight.
And don’t waste your coin on a vibrating platform… (which if you asked for my opinion is a pile of shit).
So I guess the question is… what’s your problem then Rachel?
If it comes with a meal plan, a recipe book and some food replacement / energy shakes and people are losing weight then what’s the big deal?
This is the big deal…
- Firstly, people get a false idea of what it takes or how best to lose weight. Standing on a vibrating platform for 12 minutes a week IS NOT going to give you the slim waistline you want.
- There is a reason they say abs are made in the kitchen.
- The meal plan is calorie controlled to the max… in the sample lunch for example the plan recommends a small tin of tuna, some salad greens and half an avocado… to be honest, I’d be starving if that was all I had for lunch.
- The meal plans don’t cater for individual nutritional needs.
- There is no education on what foods you should eat and why.
- It recommends you cut a tonne of food OUT of your diet… including bread and toast (which correct me if I am wrong are the same thing).
- They also don’t cater for real life events like dinners out or temptations which can be difficult to avoid.
While you’d lose weight… you’d probably be hangry (hungry-angry) most of the time and would learn nothing about how to sustain it.
Personally, I believe in teaching people sustainable ways to lose weight and to improve their sports performance.
I want people be empowered to lose weight and keep it off.
So out of curiosity… what different ideas or systems have caught your attention as an unique way to lose weight?