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Thermal Waist Belts


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Hey! Do any of you all wear thermal waist belts while exercising? I just recently got one and Ive noticed that my midsection sweats ALOT while in use. But are they useful? What are your opinions. Should I continue to use it? Or should I remove it? Also I would like to add that I stay well hydrated while exersicing so the excessive sweating isn't an issue.
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Well, most of what I've read indicate there's no benefit to them, other than maybe, just maybe, it giving the brief appearance of "loss" due to losing water weight because of increased sweating.

all it does is increase your likelyhood of dehydration and make you uncomfortable

 

Sweating is not how you lose fat. It's how you lose water-weight, which makes you feel good when you're dehydrated and the scale gives you a low number, then makes you confused and sad when you rehydrate and you step on and you suddenly weigh 8 lbs more.

Thank you. Now I no longer have to go thru this discomfort of wearing it. I'm freeeee! Lol
Original Post by brianamarie123:

Thank you. Now I no longer have to go thru this discomfort of wearing it. I'm freeeee! Lol

Good for you!

It's always heartbreaking when people get caught up in the gadgets-and-gizmo scams that are just designed to separate a person from their hard-earned money for empty promises drawn from desperation.

Congratulations on kicking that worthless piece of trash to the curb!

(besides, if you really just want to increase the sweatiness around your midsection, just tie a plastic garbage bag around your waist; it'd do the same thing and be loads cheaper! Wink)

Thanks!
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According to Livestrong.com the previous comments have been incorrect.

Wearing a waist trimmer increases your body temperature so your body produces more sweat resulting in weight loss. Waist trimmers have many benefits beyond helping shed excess stomach fat.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/277081-what -are-the-benefits-of-a-waist-trimmer/#ixzz1wJ xAOehY

Read the rest of the article which claims there are 3 benefits to wearing the neoprene belt: weightloss, slimming effects, and better posture. Besides, when has exercise ever been comfortable? If it is you're not doing it correctly.

Happy Weightloss!!

ergh. can I even be bothered responding to this..................

............no..............OFGS :-(

Original Post by needtogo:

According to Livestrong.com the previous comments have been incorrect.

Wearing a waist trimmer increases your body temperature so your body produces more sweat resulting in weight loss. Waist trimmers have many benefits beyond helping shed excess stomach fat.

Producing sweat from a particular area ≠ losing fat from that area.

Livestrong.com, despite it's affiliation with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (.org), is about as reliable as Cosmo for fitness advice. It's not always wrong, but it certainly isn't always right.

People who rely on livestrong for fitness advice should seriously re-evaluate their level of intelligence.

 

LOL is all I can say.

 

That's like sketchers and their magical shoes that they promoted and now they are getting sued for all their millions.

Interesting you should draw that comparison. I decided to see what livestrong has to say about sketchers' 'toning shoes'.

They say that "the design of the shoes works to improve posture and strength in a number of muscle groups"

Here's my favorite part. Ready?

References

  • Skechers: Corporate Information
  • Walker's Warehouse: Overview of MBT Shoes and Sketcher's Shape Ups
  • MayoClinic.com: Back Pain

Needless to say, the mayoclinic link has no information about the shoes, just about back pain (what it is, common causes).

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Interesting you should draw that comparison. I decided to see what livestrong has to say about sketchers' 'toning shoes'.

They say that "the design of the shoes works to improve posture and strength in a number of muscle groups"

Here's my favorite part. Ready?

References

  • Skechers: Corporate Information
  • Walker's Warehouse: Overview of MBT Shoes and Sketcher's Shape Ups
  • MayoClinic.com: Back Pain

Needless to say, the mayoclinic link has no information about the shoes, just about back pain (what it is, common causes).

Again, that made me LOL.

People use livestrong to back up what they say on this website all the time... they just can't get it through their head that livestrong is not a reliable, peer-reviewed source of information like a journal article from Nature or Cell magazines.

All this only contributes to the obesity epidemic in America and the world. People are too gullible and too easily believe anything anyone says.

Original Post by needtogo:

According to Livestrong.com the previous comments have been incorrect.

Wearing a waist trimmer increases your body temperature so your body produces more sweat resulting in weight loss. Waist trimmers have many benefits beyond helping shed excess stomach fat.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/277081-what -are-the-benefits-of-a-waist-trimmer/#ixzz1wJ xAOehY

Read the rest of the article which claims there are 3 benefits to wearing the neoprene belt: weightloss, slimming effects, and better posture. Besides, when has exercise ever been comfortable? If it is you're not doing it correctly.

Happy Weightloss!!

I read the article. It's not even wrong.

Original Post by needtogo:

According to Livestrong.com the previous comments have been incorrect.

Wearing a waist trimmer increases your body temperature so your body produces more sweat resulting in weight loss. Waist trimmers have many benefits beyond helping shed excess stomach fat.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/277081-what -are-the-benefits-of-a-waist-trimmer/#ixzz1wJ xAOehY

Read the rest of the article which claims there are 3 benefits to wearing the neoprene belt: weightloss, slimming effects, and better posture. Besides, when has exercise ever been comfortable? If it is you're not doing it correctly.

Happy Weightloss!!

Then I'll tackle each one individually:

Better Posture

You have to wear your waist trimmer snugly to reap the full benefits. Wearing the waist trimmer helps to straighten your back and pull in your belly. It is difficult to round your back or let your gut stick out while wearing the waist trimmer, so your posture is improved. Put on the waist trimmer while cleaning or doing work around the house that requires a lot of bending.

Has nothing to do with weight loss, but assisting in better form....something that a standard weight belt can do. As far as the "sticking out your gut," I counter that Billy Blanks of all people had the best advice ever in one of his Tae Bo videos: (paraphrased) "whatever it is you're doing, keep your core tight.  Sitting around?  Keep it tight.  Standing in line?  Keep it tight." While not a claim to "rip the abs," it's free, requires no equipment, and anecdotally, gets one into the habit of paying attention to the core and torso for seemingly innocuous tasks. Slimming Effects

You may not have six-pack abs yet, but you can look like you're well on your way. The waist trimmer has slimming effects similar to a corset. Wearing it under your everyday clothes can give your stomach a flatter look. Wrap the waist trimmer around your midsection when working out in tank tops or slim fitting T-shirts to keep your belly looking tight.

Nothing but unadulterated vanity here, which has nothing to do with working out effectively and designed solely to play on women's insecurities and fear of judgment. Weight Loss

Wrapping a waist trimmer around your midsection while working out helps you sweat off extra inches. Put it on underneath your clothes so it is directly on your skin. Layer on your workout clothes with long sleeves and sweat pants to raise your body temperature so you sweat more. Wear the waist trimmer while strength training and while performing cardiovascular exercise to pull sweat from your midsection and increase weight loss.

Thermogenics may burn a few more calories, but for appreciable and noticeable weight loss, it's not going to burn an extra 3500 calories in an hour.  Again, a small, tiny fact blown out of proportion to sell another gadget. One that, if one goes solely by the weak description included here, can be duplicated by a garbage bag. The danger also is that people who read this sort of drivel with a sense of desperation can be driven to do this and more in unsafe ways, which can lead to overheating and serious medical problems.

Finally, I note the author's credentials: Nicole Hogan began writing in 2010 with her work appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM. Hogan is a certified personal trainer, fitness business owner, and competitive athlete in the Fitness America Pageant. Hogan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University.

She writes authoritatively enough to sound credible, but guess what?  I can do that too!  Creative writing skills do not correlate to documented facts, education, or study.

The point that I"m trying to get at is that we as a people are too lazy to begin with, and it's just enabled by all these BS articles and magazines that pat people on the back and tell them "it's okay, you actually ARE working hard so you should enjoy your 700 calorie burger and 400 calorie soda while putting in minimal effort walking at 1 mile an hour on the treadmill for 20 minutes.  And you can boost your weight loss efforts by buying this magic pill which will cost you only 5 payments of $29.95 but wait if you order right now we'll throw in a second bottle for free but not free because you pay for 'processing.'"

And talk about all these gadgets that cost $x while providing a significantly lessened benefit for the cost.  It's fancy packaging, fancy marketing, and false authority syndrome.

Much like "toning."

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Hi!!

I think most of the subscribers here have bought into gimmicks at some point in their journey. I have never equated sweating to fatloss. Brianamarie123 asked "are they useful? What are your opinions? Should I continue to use it? Or should I remove it?"  Since we were asked our opinion and since I wear a neoprene waist belt and neoprene pants while spinning I thought I’d “research” before just answering. I happened upon Livestrong.com to support what I feel is a useful product. There are even other threads within this forum where people have used it for back support during their workouts.

Livestrong.com might reflect the opinions of one specific author and may lack full credibility, but there are benefits to wearing the belt. I understand that there are sites that aren’t fully truthful, but this was about a waist trimmer not the correct way to perform a specific exercise. So, wearing the belt wouldn’t cause her any problems. Hey, she bought it so I figure she should at least know that it is good for something.

Enjoy your day!

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It's so funny how people become experts all of a sudden. You equating my level of intelligence to my use of a fitness website for a WAIST SWEAT BELT is asinine.

I wear this product and I have experienced its benefits. So, because I didn't say hey it helps my back during my spinning class or since I didn't quote from several of the threads in this forum I'm less than intelligent. Um! No that would be you and anyone that agrees with you. Come on whether or not someone should wear a sweat belt; even you could respond to that and clearly you lack intelligence.

I didn't go to the products website and provide what they felt the product does. I found an article that supports what I feel the belt does. Get over yourself!

needtogo: It's funny how you are getting mad that people pointed out that you were wrong, considering the way you started your reply was that all of the previous comments were incorrect.

You weren't just adding your opinion. You were disagreeing with other opinions with misleading information from a lousy source.

Wearing the belt could cause her problems (excessive, unnecessary, and not useful sweating, and it makes her uncomfortable), and she seemed very happy to hear that it wasn't going to help her fat loss to keep torturing herself with it.

Also, FYI: hitting the reply button on a particular post doesn't tell us who you are replying to. So referring to "you" could be to any one of the people who posted in this thread, including the OP. Makes for a confusing rant.

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amethystgirl: I'm far from upset, hun.

I know that most of the people here are not qualified to respond to most of the questions asked. I am not a physiotherapist and all I can base my answers on are personal experiences and what I have read. There weren't websites that said the belt causes harm or excessive sweating that would dehydrate wearers. I never found that on a website. If you find a credible site that says that please let me know. I wouldn't have responded at all if that was the case because then I would have had to stop using the sweat belt I own and find something else to support my back during spinning. So, no I am not upset about you all saying I am wrong. 

Now, I do take offense to being called less than intelligent because I used a specific website. It's a quote from a fitness site about a SWEAT BELT. So, if you consider allowing you all to imply that I am stupid being mad then that's you. As if what forum posters say has more credibility to me than that site. No, I agree with the lady that is an incredibly creative writer.

Happy weightloss!

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Weirdfish: She's asking if she should wear the belt while exercising. She's not looking to wear it while eating a cheese burger. At some point we've all bought into gimmicks. The weightloss industry makes billions of dollars each year. So, since she has the belt why not wear it? She doesn't want it just to appear slimmer under her clothes. She wants to know if there are benefits to wearing the belt while working out. The answer in my opinion is yes. Don't waste your money. Now that you own the belt wear it because it can help in these three ways.

I have never felt like I was going to pass out because I had on my sweat belt. Where does overheating come into play. My goodness. This is a neoprene waist belt; not one of those belts that shocks your stomach causing it to contract.

Now, if the belt is uncomfortable and she does not want to wear it why should what you or I say make any difference to her? It shouldn't. There are other threads in this forum where people have stated how much they like the sweat belt. So, if she would have found one of those I guess she would still be wearing it.

My point is just because people have stated the belt is useless does not make that truth. The belt has its advantages and if there are disadvantages then I haven't found them to be detrimental.

If there is a website that states that it is please let me know. I say that with all seriousness.

Happy Weightloss!!!

Original Post by needtogo:

There weren't websites that said the belt causes harm or excessive sweating that would dehydrate wearers. I never found that on a website. If you find a credible site that says that please let me know.

I've personally witnessed people sucessfully use a neophrene waist belt to induce excessive sweating and dehydration.

Is this website credible enough for you? or should I start a new one where I claim to be a 'fitness expert'?

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