Just wanted to share what Ive found about waist belts.
Television infomercials trying to sell neoprene waist trimmer products will show dieters an infrared image of the abdominal muscles with and without the belt. These pictures can be quite deceiving. Just because abdominal muscles or skin collect heat under the neoprene waist trimmer does not mean more fat is burning off the body. The slimming effect comes from the elastic band and strong Velcro strap and any loss of inches in the waist can only be attributed to exercise and a reduced calorie diet.
With so many neoprene waist trimmer products on the market, we searched for some clinical research showing how neoprene can increase weight loss. No clinical trials could be found and no manufacturers mentioned their products were clinically proven. The only proven effect is an increase in heat under the area where the belt is secured on the body. Fat located in cells around the abdomen does not liquefy and absorb into the body.
What neoprene waist trimmer products will do is cause sweating. Sweating can decrease fluid stores in the body and thus show some negligible water loss. This water loss will not be substantial enough to cause significant weight loss even over extended periods of use.
Neoprene waist trimmers sell for $7.00 to more than $50.00 depending on the manufacturer.