For the first few months after I had my baby, I would have given anything to lose the pudge in my belly area. Since there was no quick way to do that, the Valeo Neoprene Waist Trimmer was mighty appealing: the idea is that you simply wear it while you work out, and it will help you burn fat by retaining heat in the midsection. It also will visibly slim your waist area in the meantime while you wear it.
However, after doing some research I quickly realized that this is only a temporary fix. Reviewers paint it in a somewhat negative light.
Perhaps you've ever heard the saying, “you get what you pay for?” Well, this is a prime example. If a $7 waist belt can make you lose weight, then the manufacturer would be the biggest company in the world right now (and would be charging a lot more than $7 for their miracle product).
What is the Valeo Neoprene Waist Trimmer All About?
The Valeo Neoprene Waist Trimmer is an eight-inch wide adjustable waist band that can be worn over or under clothing. While the manufacturer makes no direct claim that it will help you lose weight, the implication is that it will make you look visibly slimmer and, as mentioned, it will also supposedly retain heat in the belly area, thus making you sweat more.
How to Use the Waist Trimmer Belt
What Others Are Saying – Does the Waist Trimmer Really Deliver?
First, the good: it's not too bulky, which is a plus. With these types of trimmers, you don't want it to show from under your clothes, or else it defeats half the purpose. Users like Robert D. Workman wear it during workouts: “I don't even notice it beneath my shirt when I work out,” he says.
As for whether it truly works, the reviews are mixed but most people say that no, it doesn't do the job. Of those who like the product, it is praised for its ability to visibly trim the waistline more than its ability to burn fat. Jewimb, for example, praises the Waist Trimmer saying that “it's the best thing to flatten my abs.”
Will it Help Me Lose Weight?
You may lose water weight as the waist band will certainly make you sweat more than usual, but it's silly to believe that a waist belt can make you burn actual fat. In fact, you'll gain that water weight back the moment you re-hydrate your body. It also may make you look slimmer, but again, it's not the same as truly losing weight.
Pros and Cons
- The band is machine washable, which is convenient for something in which you'll be sweating profusely.
- As the product description says it fits most – that doesn't mean all. Larger people will not be able to use this product.
- Not the sturdiest belt – it tears and rips easily, even if you follow the washing instructions.
- Some users reported skin irritation coming from the material this belt is made of.
Problems and Complaints
As mentioned briefly above, several users reported that the Velcro can come undone from the cloth portion, which is impossible to fix. Many others reported tearing after just a few uses. By far, the negative reviews were more focused on this issue than whether or not it helps you lose weight.
Other Uses for Valeo Neoprene Waist Trimmer
Fortunately, consumers who try the Waist Trimmer without success aren't stuck with a worthless piece of material: users like Gloria L. Agel utilized the Waist Trimmer as a back support on a two-week vacation to Europe and didn't experience any back pain.
How Does the Waist Trimmer Rate Overall?
Amazon users give this product three out of five stars. However, because of the negative reviews focusing on the Waist Trimmer's quality and sturdiness, I would recommend staying away from this. There are lots of waist belts out there, many with better track records than this one.