Hot Belt Shaper is a device worn on the body designed to help shape the waist. The company claims the product helps lose weight, improve posture and get a good workout. But can a product that’s just worn on the body really have an effect on weight?
Along with potentially concerning side effects from wearing the product, there is no real research to support the use of the product for weight loss. Our research team decided to examine the science behind the product to understand if it really can help people lose weight. Here’s a summary of what they found out.
As Seen on TV, The Hot Belt shaper is a neoprene waist-shaping belt designed to help you lose weight, maintain good posture, and get a great workout. It’s designed to compress your abdomen and support your lumbar spine.
According to the makers of this product, this belt also increases body heat when it comes into contact with your skin. This is supposed to speed water weight loss and eliminate bloating.
The belt is also made of a moisture-wicking material, so while it increases sweat production, wearers will remain as dry as English humor. The manufacturer notes that it coordinates well with most workout outfits and that it can be worn to the gym, to work, to school, or at home. This is a pretty huge claim, since I have personally tried other wraps and they aren’t necessarily fashion friendly.
Bottom Line – The manufacturer of the Hot Belt shaper claims that this item can speed weight loss, increase sweating and body temperature, support you through workouts, and improve posture.
Hot Shapers Hot Belt Neotex – A Better Neoprene?
Neoprene is a synthetic rubber commonly used in laptop sleeves, compression clothing and even insulation and auto parts. Neotex is a branded version of neoprene. We put our researchers to work and found that:
Neotex was advertised in the 1960s by the Columbian Carbon Company out of New York
There is no clinical research proving Hot Belt Neotex is more effective than generic neoprene.
Bottom Line – This fitness belt is simply constructed in a way that allows it to provide compression while wicking moisture away from the skin.
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Hot Belt Shaper – Does it Work?
As with any wearable fitness technology, like Flex Belt which also targets the abdomen, there is some truth to the manufacturer claims that using Hot Belt to lose weight is an effective method. The belt is very similar to items marketed as waist trainers, as it compresses the core and raises body temperature.
As you can see in the Hot Belt commercial, there are some pretty sweaty stomachs – and apparently, sweat means success to Hot Shaper.
However, as research compiled by the Huffington Post has found, the weight loss caused by waist trainers is primarily water weight loss due to sweating. Neotex and similar materials will raise your body temperature, which causes sweating – this doesn’t mean you’ll be successful using the hot belt to lose weight.
Because customers are told to use this product when exercising, the combination of exercise and wearing the Hot Belt will help lose water weight quickly. This may translate to a few pounds lost on the scale, and it may be helpful for those who feel bloated – so, there’s that…but it’s just not that easy.
Water weight loss, something often associated with a liquid diet, is much different from actual fat loss. While increasing your body temperature could help you burn a small amount of calories, it is not nearly as effective as dieting or exercise for fat loss.
This belt has much in common with waist trainers, but it also has much in common with another popular category of clothing: compression gear. Science for Sport explains that the existing body of research indicates that compression gear has several benefits, including the following:
Improved blood flow
Reduced muscle soreness
Improved running economy
Improved joint awareness
That list of benefits makes compression gear look like the real deal, but don’t start wrapping yourself up just yet… Science of Sportgoes on to explain that, while current research supports these claims, there are just too many weak spots in the small amount of research that’s presented – and we don’t not like spotty research.
To us, this means that before you exercise on the treadmill you may want to think hard about buying compression wear products since more research is needed to verify the claims.
Most compression gear consists of running pants and compression shirts. Because this belt is confined to the waist region, it may not increase a user’s joint awareness like these. This doesn’t mean it’s worthless – it could reduce muscle soreness after an abdominal workout and improve blood flow to the area.
So basically, while the science on the effectiveness of compression wear like this product is somewhat inconsistent, there is a chance that it can help wearers perform better athletically.
Also, according to Amazon reviews, users have had a less than successful experience with the Hot Belt. When the most genuine appearing reviews were filtered out (the majority of the reviews on Amazon were made by people who had never reviewed any other products on Amazon), the most common complaints are that thinner users note that even the smallest (S-M) size is still too loose for them, that it isn’t effective (users did not sweat when sitting, even after hours of wearing the Hot Belt), and that it often fell apart after just a few uses.
What Exactly is Compression Clothing?
There’s a new trend sweeping the fashion world, and it’s something that’s attracting everyone from athletes to housewives.
The name sounds technical and maybe even slightly unsettling, but, in reality, it draws upon the same concepts of the traditional whalebone corsets of earlier eras.
What does compression clothing do?
Made from Lycra and Spandex, compression clothing does just what one would assume – compress. Available in everything from arm and calf sleeves to shirts and leggings, these products firmly hug the skin and form a specific portion of the body into the desired shape.
While athletes and stage performers use compression clothing to help heal injuries and strengthen the limbs, it has also been used to enhance the body’s shape to give the wearer a slimmer look.
Compression clothing has also been used to aid in weight loss. Some claim that the sweating induced by wearing these garments helps shed water weight.
Abigail Stickford, a researcher at Southwestern Medical Center, has been looking into compression clothing to determine if claims that they increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles are valid. After a thorough investigation and controlled experiments, Ms. Stickford said she found no comparable difference, though she adds that, if compression clothing makes the wearer feel better, that’s reason enough to continue wearing the items.
Is compression clothing safe?
It may seem that compression clothing constricts the life out of you, but don’t fret. Ms. Stickford also said she found no evidence that wearing the items, at least for a short time, will create a danger to physical health. She adds that wearing compression clothing can promote good posture and provide added support, so, in that way, wearers may feel benefited by wearing them.
Can anyone use compression clothing?
While the healthcare field has been using compression wear for years to aid in patient recovery and maximize blood flow, the technology has been expanded to help athletes, performers, and average people for a variety of reasons.
While anyone, with the direct approval of a physician, can wear compression clothing, it’s important to ensure you choose the correct compression level and size for your body. You won’t be feeling too confident if look like you’re in a full body cast at the gym.
As long as you follow packaging guidelines, there’s little reason to worry about negative effects from the short-term use of compression clothing. It simply provides support and enhances the body’s biological functions.
Bottom Line – Compression clothing constricts the body, which can provide support and increase localized sweating.
Can Hot Belt Improve Posture Like They Say?
It’s unlikely that compression gear alone, like Hot Shapers Hot Belt, improves a person’s posture, but sometimes, wearing something that is marketed as a posture-improving garment can work almost like a placebo: it can influence that person to improve their posture.
Take, for example, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicineevaluated posture-cueing shirts and how they influenced cyclists’ perception of their ride performance and recovery. The study found that “A posture-cueing, compressive shirt was rated to have a perceived benefit by experienced cyclists for riding posture, postride posture, spine discomfort, and postride recovery.
According to USA Today, many professional athletes have also been turning to “posture shirts,” which are compressive garments with specialized bands designed to take the place of Kinesio tape. Some experts believe that these shirts have positive benefits for athletes and people who work at computers alike.
Hot Belt is not made with the specialized bands of compression shirts. Instead, it works to uniformly compress one portion of the body. This means that it could help your posture, but is most likely not as effective as medical-grade compression wear.
Bottom Line – There is some truth to the manufacturer’s claims for this belt. It may increase body temperature and sweating, which will cause loss of water weight. Its compression may improve performance, and it is possible that it can positively influence posture.
Hot Belt Side Effects
While this product has brought some wearers positive results, it also can cause some negative effects. Below are some of the possible side effects, which have been noted by reputable websites or reported by users themselves.
Skin irritation. This effect has been reported by a few wearers in user reviews. It has been corroborated by The Corset Center, which explains that any product that is designed to cause sweating may also cause some skin redness and irritation. This effect may be unpleasant, but it is typically harmless.
Dehydration. The Corset Center explains that dehydration can be an effect of wearing belts like this one for too long since excess sweating without drinking enough water can make you dehydrated. Additionally, the pressure caused by the belt may make drinking too much water uncomfortable, and this may also make dehydration likely.
Digestive issues. USA Today reports that doctors say wearing belts like this for long periods of time can cause or worsen heartburn and indigestion.This side effect can be incredibly uncomfortable, but it generally does not cause long-term issues.
Organ shifting. USA Today also explains that, according to some doctors, long-term use of very tight training belts can actually shift organs in the body. Depending on the severity of the shift, this can cause health issues eventually. This side effect is extremely rare.
According to health and wellness expert, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia’s take on waist trainers, “The side effects or negative effects can be long term or permanent, but the benefit is not.”
Bottom Line – While the side effects listed above may seem off-putting, many health professionals believe that belts and trainers like this product are largely safe for many people.
Where to Buy
Hot Belt Cost, Sizes, Where to Buy and How to Return
Because the Hot Shapers Hot Belt is small, light, and easy to ship, this product is available for sale from a variety of online retailers and from the manufacturer itself. So, how much does Hot Belt cost?
Across the big three retailers – Walmart, Amazon and eBay, and the official website, the price can be anywhere from $19 to $75. It can also be purchased at Walgreens, Waist Secret and Next Deal Shop for a similiar price.
Amazon – $22.99
Walmart – $19.90
HotShapers – $19.00
eBay – $25.00 to $75.00
As for sizing, Hot Shapers Hot Belt is available from size small to 3X. The exact measurements are difficult to find, but the general consensus is:
Returning Your Hot Shapers Hot Belt
HotShapers has no problem telling the world that they want their customers to be 100% satisfied – as any company would. But their return policy tells a different tale.
If you purchase your Hot Belt from the official website, you have 60 day warranty to return it, but only if you have the original packaging and it’s never been used…So this isn’t that big of a deal – if you aren’t getting the results that you want, simply step into your time machine, go back to when you received the package, and don’t use it.
Their return policy also says that you must contact the customer service department before returning and you’re responsible for the return shipping cost. Again, not a problem – why wouldn’t you pay to return an ineffective product?
So basically, you’ll have to pay more if the product doesn’t work. But you won’t have to worry about that, because they won’t accept it if you use it.
Bottom Line – This belt is a product that is affordable and easy to get, and it is sold by several online retailers. The return policy is 30 days – just don’t use the product at all, because then they won’t accept it. And be prepared to pay for the return shipping costs.
The Company Behind Hot Belt
This product is manufactured by HotShapers, a company that makes a wide variety of Neotex compression garments for sports performance and weight loss. Hot Belt is one product in its lineup of many, which includes belts, jackets, shirts, arm wraps, and more.
TriStar Products is behind Hot Belt. The company operates a location in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.
HotShapers customer service contact information points toward Florida, at the following address:
However, the company prefers that customers reach out to contact them using a web form on their site or live chat. They also ask customers to get in touch by email.
Hot Shapers Hot Belt Customer Service – Our Experience
There is no phone number listed on the official website, but the Live Chat person we talked to gave us a toll-free (800-658-8652) and direct number (561-287-5970) – so we gave them a call (or 5). Here are the details of our calls.
Hot Shapers Hot Belt Customer Service (Toll-Free): We called the 1-800 number three times and all three times the call was immediately answered by a representative speaking Spanish. Now, I got an A in Spanish, but that was a while ago, and I am just not confident enough to communicate my compression garment needs over the phone. We tried to speak with her in English and she didn’t understand what we were asking. We then tried Morse code, to no avail.
Hot Shapers Hot Belt Customer Service (Direct Line): This time the phone rang for between 30 and 45 seconds before a recorded message in Spanish told us the extension we’d reached and that no one was available.
Hot Belt and the Better Business Bureau – What’s the BBB’s Take?
TriStar, the company behind Hot Belt, is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB has given it a rating of A (for resolving and refunding due to any customer complaint). As of July 2017, reports include:
815 customer complaints filed
0 positive reviews
0 neutral reviews
16 negative reviews
Nearly 1000 closed complaints
July 2019 Update: The new stats for TriStar are a bit confusing, because they are lower than the numbers two years ago. We’re not sure how a company erases complaints, but it looks like TriStar managed to figure that out.
564 customer complaints filed
0 positive reviews
0 neutral reviews
36 total reviews with an average one-star rating
149 customer complaints closed in the last 12 months
Of the complaints filed against the manufacturer of Hot Belt, two had to do with billing and collection issues, one had to do with advertising and sales issues, and one had to do with sales and delivery issues.
While this product has no reviews on the website of the BBB, it has many reviews on other sites. Some of these reviews report good results, while others complain that the product does not work as advertised.
Bottom Line – While the HotShapers site appears official and the company gives customers several ways to reach out, the company’s information on the Better Business Bureau site leaves something to be desired.
Hot Belt Vs the Competition
Here, we’ll look at how this product stacks up against competitors.
HOT BELT VS HOTSHAPERS
This belt works similarly to many HotShapers products, as it is part of the HotShapers line. However, many of the items made by HotShapers, like running pants, likely have more sport-related benefits.
For instance, as mentioned above, one of the possible medical benefits of compression gear is its ability to reduce muscle soreness and increase blood flow to the affected area. In a sport like running, having compression gear on the legs is likely to be more helpful than wearing a waist compression belt would be.
While this product likely does have some health benefits, some of the other gear produced by HotShapers may be even more beneficial.
HOT BELT VS BELT WAX
A waxed belt may, like the Hot Belt, increase your body heat in the affected area. However, this type of belt is often harder to adjust, and because it isn’t as soft and stretchy, it may cause more irritation than the wearer is comfortable with.
In this particular match-up, Hot Belt is the preferred choice, because it seems to lend all the same benefits – minus the potential discomfort.
Bottom Line – While some competitors come close to the Hot Belt and some of the other gear produced by HotShapers may have more benefits, this product remains one of the most effective waist-specific compression items available.
What Users Are Saying
“I love my hot belt. It’s comfortable, and fits great. It definitely makes you sweat. It’s a great value for sure. Highly recommend.”
“This product was very hard to put on. The inside does not feel like fabric. You feel the plastic and the boning. I am only 15 pounds overweight and it did not slim my belly down.”
“I really liked the product but out of now where I got this itching sensation in my lower back idk what’s the cause for it but I may be allergic to something overall it was comfortable.”
The Bottom Line on Hot Belt – Does it Work?
The manufacturer of Hot Belt claims buyers can use it to lose weight, fix posture issues, and support performance. However, as mentioned above, most research suggests that using Hot Belt to lose weight simply results in loss of water weight. It may be beneficial for those who feel chronically bloated, but it is not a good way to actually lose fat. Here’s our final take on Hot Shapers Hot Belt:
This belt is affordable, which may make it worth a try to some.
It is flexible and can be worn as part of a workout outfit or for everyday wear.
It is made of high-tech, moisture-wicking fabric.
The company helps you brush up on your Spanish.
The science behind it is inconsistent, and research indicates it probably does not support weight loss.
While it may have compression benefits, it is probably less effective than other types of compression gear.
The company’s return policy doesn’t make sense unless you can travel back in time.
It can cause redness and skin irritation, which is pretty much the last thing you need while working out, jogging or building your time machine.
The Hot Belt is about slimming the waistline, but research shows targeting belly fat doesn’t work. What we suggest is choosing a program that focuses on your individual weight loss needs and helps you make healthier choices.
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A Hot Belt is a compression belt made from a material called neoprene. It causes you to sweat more and leads to fat loss around the abdomen.
How do Hot Shapers work?
Hot Shapers are made with a unique material known as Neotex™. This material increases thermogenesis when it touches your skin. Thermogenesis is an increase in body temperature, which causes extra calories to be burned.
How do you clean Hot Shapers?
Clean your Hot Shaper after every time you use it, especially if you exercised in it. You should hand wash it with a mild detergent and cold water; then, hang it to dry.
What are the ingredients in Hot Belt?
There are no actual ingredients, but the belt is made from a wick material. And can adjust to many different sizes.
What are the side effects of Hot Belt?
Unless the material agitates your skin, there are no side effects.
Does Hot Belt work?
Yes, if you wear this trainer while working out or just walking through the day it will help you lose weight. The material will increase your body temperature around your abdomen and cause you to sweat. The more you wear it, the more you sweat and the more weight you lose.
What is the price of Hot Belt?
The cost of this trainer is 29.99 plus shipping and handling.
Where can I buy Hot Belt?
Some of the many retailers where you can purchase the Hot Belt are Walmart, Groupon, NextDealShop.com, and Amazon.com
How should I take Hot Belt?
The instructions say that you should wear the belt as often as possible. You should wear it when you are walking or working out. Wearing it while working out will cause you to sweat more and lose more pounds.
How do I contact Hot Belt customer service?
You can contact customer service at www.hotshapers.com. There is also a customer care live chat online where you can get your questions answered.
Can I return Hot Belt?
Yes there is a 30-day return policy if you are not satisfied with how the belt is helping you lose weight. You must contact customer service and request a refund and you must have proof of purchase. Refunds will be credited within 14 business day.
What are the most common complaints about Hot Belt?
The most common complaint is that it does not help you lose weight at all.