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What Are the Benefits of Slimmer Belts?

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.

Commercials for slimmer belts are often shown on late night television, advertising a way to lose weight with little to no effort at all. Usually the belt manufacturers claim that the belt can help you sweat in order to lose water weight and look slimmer. Unfortunately, the Electronic Retailing Association warned consumers in 2006 that belts, including the Velform Sauna Belt, could not help you lose weight without effort. Diet and exercise must be employed to see a long-term difference in your weight. The slimmer belt is not useless though; it could still help you obtain a better workout.


Whether you're sitting at your desk or lifting weights while wearing a slimmer belt, it can help you achieve better posture. A slimmer belt is usually made of neoprene or another soft and stretchy, but rigid material. Wearing the slimmer belt on a daily basis can help you sit straighter, which can lead to a reduction in back pain. Wearing a slimmer belt can also remind you to improve your lifting posture while working out, so you sustain less injury when it comes to improper, sloppy lifting technique.

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Aches And Pains

If you suffer from occasional aches and pains in your back, a slimmer belt can help you find temporary relief. While it can help you improve your posture to relieve pain, it can also create a warming sensation. The Bally Total Fitness Slimmer Belt claims that it can help you sweat off pounds. While sweating alone can't help you lose weight, it can heat up your core and help you keep your lower back warm, which can relieve some back pain.

Temporary Slimming

A slimmer belt may not help you lose weight effortlessly, but it can help you look better in your clothes. If your core is looser than you want it to be, and it shows through your shirts, a slimmer belt can help hold you in and give you a smoother, bump-free appearance. Acting like a corset, when you wrap a slimming belt around your waist, your shirts will lay flatter and your waist can look more shapely while you're wearing the belt.

Placebo Effect

While there is little official information proving that a slimming belt can actually help you lose weight, it may create a placebo effect when you wear one. Wearing a tight belt around your middle can help you remember to keep your core engaged and head to the gym after work. There, you will exercise and keep your core tightened, which can help you see a difference in the size and shape of your waist. When purchasing a slimming belt, think of it as a way to remind you to exercise and lose weight, rather than a weight loss tool exclusively.

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