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What is a Slimming Belt?

By L. Roux
Updated May 17, 2024
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A slimming belt is a belt that fits around the waist and usually has a vibrating motion that may help with weight loss. These belts may also help to tighten the abdominal muscles, and they can be placed onto other areas of the body, as well as underneath clothing. There are various types of slimming belts available.

Typically attached with Velcro™, a slimming belt is also known as a toning belt, melt belt or oscillating belt. Many belts may also use heat instead of a vibrating motion, and this may have weight-loss benefits as well. In most cases, it is recommended that an individual wear a slimming belt for about 30 minutes each day. Many of the manufacturers agree that the weight-loss results may be visible within the first few weeks; however, this may depend on the individual's exercise routine and diet plan.

The vibrating motion of a slimming belt may help with weight loss by altering the look of the abdominal muscles. The electric impulses of the belt can cause the abdominal muscles to tighten and loosen, thereby simulating the movement of normal abdominal exercises. Most belts allow for the speed and the intensity of the vibrating movement to be adjusted to various levels with each session.

Some of the belts that use heat aim to increase the individual's body temperature to help them lose more weight through increased sweating. Over time, this may help tone and shape the abdominal muscles to give them a slimmer look. The overall look of the body may also improve because of the tighter abdominal muscles. A well-balanced diet may further increase weight loss in most individuals when used in conjunction with these belts.

A slimming belt may also have additional benefits like aiding in the process of digestion and increasing blood circulation. Some people may also use a slimming belt to help them maintain the correct body posture. A slimming belt may also be used in conjunction with other exercises and training routines to increase the desired weight-loss effect. Weight-loss belts have also been known to help with back pain relief as well as the removal of toxins in the body. This may be due to the increased blood circulation that the belt can provide as well as the heat that is released by the belt on the specific area it covers.

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Discussion Comments
By Drentel — On Nov 16, 2014

@Feryll - I agree that the jury is still out trying to decide whether these so called slimming belts are as good as most of us hope they are. Time will tell. However, what does work for slimming down the mid section is a solid routine of crunches combined with a regular walking or running routine.

The running and walking will burn calories and the crunches will help to strengthen and tighten the stomach muscles. You can even wear the slimming belt while you are working out.

By Feryll — On Nov 15, 2014

I have my doubts about items that claim to help me get into shape without me putting forth any extra effort. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is too good to be true. This being said, after reading about the vibrations given off by some of these ab slimming belts, I can see how they could maybe work to tighten muscles.

I guess the bottom line for me is that I'm not sure about these slimming belts, but I will wait and do more research before I make a judgment about them.

By Laotionne — On Nov 14, 2014

Sounds like these slimming belts have a lot of benefits. I have a friend who has been using one to help her lose weight and she says that it is helping. She told me she has lost several pounds, and she wants me to get one, so we can lose weight and get into shape together.

My friend wears her belt around the office all day and she wears it when she is running errands. She says she has gotten to the point that she doesn't even realize she is wearing the belt. I think this would be one of the easier weight loss programs I have attempted, and I'm pretty sure I could stick with this one as long as I don't lose the belt.

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