Consumer Reports Reviews TV Exercise Equipment

Did you ever watch an infomercial for workout equipment and get drawn in by how quickly they claim you can lose pounds and inches.  Can you really can get the “long, lean look of a dancer’s body” in “just two 30-minute workouts a week” using the Fluidity Bar?  If you’ve ever wondered if there is any merit behind the claims, then you may want to pick up a copy of the January issue of Consumer Reports Magazine.  In this issue they compared exercise devices to determine if the equipment measures up to the claims made by the company.

What they found is that for most of the workout equipment, “it would take 165 pound person anywhere from one to nine months” to lose just 1 pound of fat.  They also bring attention to the fact that most of the “amazing results” are achieved by using the machine along with a strict diet and additional aerobic exercise.  The claims are also usually “not typical” and this is often footnoted in the infomercial.

So how about the claims made with the Fluidity Bar?  The truth is, if you did two 30-minute workouts per week, it would take 16 weeks to burn 1 pound of fat.  So how long would it take to get the “long, lean look of a dancer’s body”?   I’ll let you do the math. 

Some things to remember while watching infomercials:

  • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • It takes time to lose weight; a realistic goal is ½ – 2 pounds per week.
  • You don’t need expensive equipment to lose weight.  For most people, a good pair of sneakers .
  • While exercise can help to burn calories and lose weight, a proper meal plan is often a key component to any weight loss plan.