Can Slimming Belts Help You Lose Belly Fat?

Weigh in the pros and cons and learn how to include this belt in your wellness routine.

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Abdominal belts for weight loss are slimming belts that promise to help you shed inches. Isn’t that great news for us? But, do they really deliver on what they promise? If you want to find out if it really helps with fitness, read this article.

Abdominal fat is quite stubborn and unhealthy (1). Nutritionists and doctors recommend a balanced diet and exercise to shed belly fat (2), (3). So, are abdominal belts nothing but a gimmick? Not totally true.

Slimming belts may help you take off a couple of inches, but they are just temporary and short-term fixes. You can use these stomach belts before an event you need to attend. But before you buy one, learn the whole truth about slimming belts. Find out how to use one, its types, benefits, and side effects. Scroll down!

What Is An Abdominal Belt?

Abdominal belts are wide, stretchable belts that wrap around the abdomen and waist. They have clips or hooks attached for tightening and loosening them. They are commonly used to get rid of post-pregnancy belly fat that occurs as a result of C-section surgery. There are various types of abdominal belts on the market, specifically made for weight loss for men and women. Find out how each of them stimulates weight loss.

How Different Abdominal Belts Aid Weight Loss

Abdominal belts are designed for weight loss around your abdomen area, where weight is gained faster than any other part of the body. They cinch the waist and improve posture giving you an hourglass figure. They are compact, and you may wear one under your clothes while heading out. Different types of abdominal belts work in different ways for weight loss. Here are the three types of belly belts and how they work:

1. Simple Abdominal Belts

These are stretchable belts that are wrapped around the belly area to compress it. They also compress the muscles. The heat produced creates a sauna effect. This process helps one lose a few inches and tone the abdominal area.

2. Electric Stimulation Abdominal Belts

Electric abdominal belts contain electric pads. They tone or trim the abdominal area by stimulating an electric impulse. They work faster than non-electric belts. They contract the muscles, and their heat increases metabolism in the area and helps burn calories. Electric abdominal belts come with a controller for increasing and decreasing the impulse level.

3. Appetite-Reducing Abdominal Belts

An appetite-reducing abdominal belt can help if you constantly feel hungry. This belt reduces appetite by blocking the hunger messages to the brain. The lower your appetite, the fewer calories you consume. Thus, they help you lose fat from the belly area faster.

You will reap benefits irrespective of the type of abdominal belt you use. We have listed the same in the following section.

5 Best Benefits Of Wearing An Abdominal Belt

1. Takes Off Inches After Pregnancy

The slimming belt takes off inches after pregnancy
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The most common use of an abdominal belt is to shape up the belly area after pregnancy. Pregnancy increases lower belly fat and loosens skin. The notorious and unflattering lower belly flap is well-tackled by a slimming belt. It compresses the lower belly area and reduces the appearance of the post-pregnancy bulge.

NOTE: Use the belt only after consulting a licensed physician.

2. Improves Posture

An abdominal belt can help improve your posture. It is usually made of neoprene material that is soft, rigid, and durable. It improves your posture by offering lumbar support and keeping your spine straight. A good posture helps reduce the chances of back and neck pain. You can consider an abdominal belt if you are troubled by a bulging belly or love handles.

3. Gets Rid Of Lingering Belly Fat

Woman showing her flat belly
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An abdominal belt helps one shed that last bit of belly fat that produces a small but visible bulge. It works better when coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

4. Helps Give An Hourglass Shape

All body shapes are equally desirable. But an abdominal belt can help you achieve that hourglass shape if you want. It cinches your waist, leaving the bust area and the hips. This creates an illusion of an hourglass shape. But remember NOT to cinch your waist too tight – you might bruise your skin or even damage your internal organs. You should be able to breathe comfortably.

5. You Can Wear It Anywhere, Anytime

You can wear an abdominal belt under your clothes anywhere, anytime. Whether it is to the gym or work, this stretchable and structured belt does not cause discomfort. Its design allows it to whittle away the abdominal fat invisibly as you wear it for hours.

Sophie Reu, a vlogger, who tried a waist trainer and documented her journey. She started wearing it for 12 hours a day and noticed a reduction in her waist size and faced slight uneasiness too. She said, “I hold a lot of water weight and I noticed that when I wore it, I would lose a lot of weight (i).”

But problems can arise if you do not wear the slimming belt properly. To make the best use of these belts, you must know how to wear them right. Here’s a step-by-step guide on the same.

How To Use An Abdominal Belt?

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Here’s a 3-step guide to wearing an abdominal belt perfectly for inducing belly fat loss:

Step 1 – Stand straight.
Step 2 – Breathe normally. Avoid breathing hard to make your stomach too tight or leaving it too loose.
Step 3 – Wrap the belt around your waist. You should be able to breathe comfortably. The abdominal belt should be in direct contact with your skin. Don’t wrap it on top of your clothes or any other material. However, do not cinch it too tight or you might bruise your skin.

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Wear your slimming belt underneath your clothes to increase your body temperature, which will help you sweat more.

Note: For best results, you may wear the abdominal belt all the time except when you are sleeping or resting.
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Since a slimming belt helps you work up a sweat, it is essential to keep it clean to prevent infection. Mix mild shampoo or baby soap with water and wet a cloth with it. Use the cloth to clean the slimming belt thoroughly and until it has no soapy residue left.

Stomach belts are great for taking off a few inches temporarily. They have many benefits too. However, before you make a final choice, you also must take note of their not-so-desirable side effects.

Side Effects Of Wearing An Abdominal Belt

  • May increase blood pressure: Wearing an abdominal belt may increase blood pressure (4). Those with high blood pressure must avoid these belts.
Slimming belts may increase blood pressure
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  • May cause trouble breathing: Wearing these belts too tightly may keep you from breathing properly. Less oxygen in your cells may slow down metabolism and cause brain fog.
  • May hamper blood circulation: Wearing a tight belt may hamper blood circulation. Wearing it constantly may also cause sores.

Talk to a licensed doctor before wearing a slimming belt (especially if you are trying to lose the post-pregnancy belly bulge). Also, wear the belt the right way.

Before coming to a close, let us look at the burning question – do abdominal belts work for weight loss?

Do Abdominal Belts Really Work For Weight Loss?

Woman measuring her waist after using abdominal belt
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Abdominal belts do take off inches away from your waist. You may see a 1-2 inch reduction in your waist circumference. But this weight loss is not permanent. Neither will you lose fat. You might shrink the waist circumference temporarily. Abdominal belts are not medically approved, and there is no research to back their long-term weight loss capabilities.

Infographic: Top 3 Reasons To Wear Abdominal Belts

If you’re looking for a quick solution to manage your muffin top, abdominal belts are here to help you. It can temporarily alter your body shape and help you fit into that dress you’ve wanted to wear. These belts are a confidence booster that can benefit you in many ways.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the advantages of using an abdominal belt.

top 3 reasons to wear abdominal belts (infographic)

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Conclusion

Abdominal belts aid in temporary weight loss. You may use one to lose inches instantly for a special occasion. However, to eliminate extra belly fat and aid body shaping and fat burning, you must eat healthy food, workout frequently, and improve your core strength. You may also try intermittent fasting or eat these superfoods to accelerate your weight loss journey.

Abdominal belts for weight loss act as short-term fixes for abdominal fat. These wide and stretchable belts are meant to be wrapped around the waist and abdomen. These belts help take off inches after pregnancy, get rid of belly fat, give you an hourglass shape, improve your posture, and are suitable for wearing under any clothes. But there are a few downsides to abdominal belts. They may increase blood pressure, hamper blood circulation, and cause trouble breathing. Hence, use these belts only under the guidance of a doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does sweating on the stomach burn fat?

No. Sweating on the stomach is not associated with fat burning.

How long should I wear a slimming belt?

The duration of wearing a slimming belt depends on the brand. Some brands recommend wearing it for less than 30 minutes, while others suggest wearing it throughout the day.

What is the difference between an abdominal belt and a belly band?

Belly bands are made of elastic material and have a pull-up style, unlike abdominal belts. Belly bands support the hips and lower back during pregnancy and also help hide unbuttoned pregnancy pants.

Are there any specific exercises that can be done with an abdominal belt for weight loss?

Most weight loss exercises such as burpees, jumping jacks, planks, leg raises, and others can be done while wearing an abdominal belt. However, it may be slightly difficult to do crunches and twists.

Key Takeaways

  • The stretchable belts wrapped around the belly area compress the muscles. The heat produced creates a sauna effect.
  • An abdominal belt coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise helps one reduce belly fat.
  • Wearing a tight belt may hamper blood circulation. It may also cause sores.
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Uncover the science behind wearing an abdominal belt for weight loss. Check out this intriguing video for insights into its effectiveness and mechanism.

Personal Experience: Source

References

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  1. Abdominal obesity and its metabolic complications: implications for the risk of ischaemic heart disease
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9847978/
  2. Effect of diet and moderate exercise on central obesity and associated disturbances myocardial infarction and mortality in patients with and without coronary artery disease
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8951737/
  3. Influence of Exercise Intensity on Abdominal Fat and Adiponectin in Elderly Adults
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3135883/
  4. Wearing an abdominal belt increases diastolic blood pressure
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8877843/
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Martin Sharp is a multi-award-winning international consultant, coach, speaker and author with 4 years of experience. He specializes in transforming busy and overweight business owners and consultants into their fitter, happier, and more confident selves. He has worked as a business transformation consultant and understands the unique lifestyle challenges faced by busy professionals. He aims to impart newfound freedom, confidence,...read full bio

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