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Posted by: curly | 2007/12/10

Weight loss

We are both 58, not too overweight, (92 & 88kg`s) need to know if the use of a Fit Massage machine is OK to lose some weight - will still do some walking and weights - medical opinion re these machines please ?

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Hi Curly

Medical opinion = unknown, because they're never tested for medical side effects. It's not like the medical industry, where a tablet you might drink is tested rigorously - these machines just land up on shelves and there are zero studies to support that they work or are safe.

As for as my scientific opinion goes, they don't work anyway. There's no physiological basis for believing that they will have any effect at all. That is, there's no evidence or even theoretical reason to think that massage will have an effect on weight loss. We do know that cardio training and a good diet, combined with a little bit of weight training over a longer period, will work, but these machines are really just gimmicks, so you're better off putting your energy into increasing your cardio training.

Good luck

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