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Stomach Weight-Loss Belts

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author image Jessica Bell
Jessica Bell has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002. She has served as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Bell holds an M.A. in communications and a B.A. in English.
Stomach Weight-Loss Belts
A slender woman is measuring her waist. Photo Credit shironosov/iStock/Getty Images

Since belly fat is a problem for many people with fitness goals, manufacturers of fitness devices and nutritional supplements are constantly peddling their latest miracle solutions to the weight-loss crowd. People on the lookout for quick fixes that require minimal effort are most likely to fall victim to these claims, pouring their hard-earned money into alleged weight-loss solutions that show no real evidence of working. One such device that has been heavily marketed is the stomach weight-loss belts.

The Claims

There are two types of weight-loss belts on the market: one that utilizes electrical muscle stimulation, and one that supposedly creates a thermal effect to melt off belly fat. Manufacturers of the first type claim that these "ab belts" help users burn fat and develop rock-hard abs by wearing the device. These belts utilize EMS to send small electrical signals to muscles, resulting in repeated flexing and relaxing of the abs. The second belt supposedly heats up your midsection, helping your body to burn off stomach fat. Both claims are bogus; neither device is supported by scientific evidence. The verdict: Invest your money in a gym membership, instead.

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