Obesity treatment was given a boost by recent research that revealed the use of vibration machines helped individuals lose weight.
The report was reviewed at the European Congress on Obesity last week (May 1st) and showed that individuals who used the vibration machines as part of a low-calorie diet were successful in losing fat around the stomach.
Long-term weight loss was more successful for individuals who followed the two-pronged regime when compared with those who restricted their calorie intake alongside a conventional fitness programme.
The research team was led by Dirk Vissers, a physiotherapist at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium, who commented: "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."
He added that vibration machines are increasingly cropping up in gyms across the western world but no evidence had been gathered that proved they had any effect.
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