About Hot Belt
If you’re feeling too soft in the middle to face swimsuit season, the Hot Belt’s promise of simplifying the quest for a slimmer waist might pique your interest. Designed to work like a sauna suit without the cumbersome feeling of being wrapped in plastic from head to toe, the Hot Belt is a neoprene sleeve that fits snugly around your torso.
The Hot Belt is constructed from two separate layers of fabric. First, an insulating inner layer made from “Neotex intelligent fibers” raises your body temperature, causing you to “sweat, sweat, sweat on the inside.” Then, the thicker outer layer promises to absorb any sweat, ensuring that there’s never any tell-tale moisture marking up your clothing.
How To Use The Hot Belt
Using the Hot Belt is straightforward: Simply put it on underneath your clothing and go about your day like normal. Form-fitting and comfortable enough to be worn while you work, study, exercise or even “surf the internet”, the Hot Belt promises to nearly double the amount of calories burned during every activity.
Unlike other belly-burner shapers on the market, the Hot Belt doesn’t appear to provide any way to fasten the fabric around your waist, leaving how one wiggles into the tight tube up to your imagination — but something to consider if you’re not particularly limber.
There is a sizing chart on the website to help prospective buyers choose what will fit them best:
How The Hot Belt Works
Like many weight loss products and contraptions, the Hot Belt promises to take the “work” out of working out. But, how does their claim of “the more you sweat, the better you look” really stack up to science?
An informal study has shown that women who wear body shapers burn 3-16% more calories while walking on a treadmill, than those without — which isn’t particularly surprising if you’ve ever had to hustle while wearing Spanx!
The key phrase here, however, is “while working out”. In fact, the study states that the increased calorie burning was only seen when the women walked at a 10% incline.
So, what does that mean for the Hot Belt’s claims of helping you lose weight while sitting, studying or surfing the net?
Unfortunately, sweat isn’t a great indicator of calories burned. Lots of factors can affect how much you sweat, including caffeine and alcohol consumption, and even smoking. Sweating doesn’t cause weight loss, burning calories does. To do so, you need to raise your heart rate! Something sitting down can’t do, Hot Belt or not.
What about that weight loss the product promises? That’s water weight you’re losing, and it’ll come right back with the next refreshing gulp of any beverage.
What Hot Belt Buyers Say
The Hot Belt, available at orderhotbelt.com, is can be found at multiple online retailers — some with far more informative websites than others — and on Amazon. Because the products appear identical and share similar names, despite different branding, it’s difficult to pinpoint which company reviewers have purchased their product from.
The Hot Belt has 69 Amazon reviews, with an overall three-star rating. Many of the five-star reviews come from unverified customers who have never reviewed another product.
See also: Winning the Battle Against Fake Reviews
Out of the reviews that appear genuine, the following complaints were shared:
- Thinner users found even the S-M size too loose to be effective.
- Users state that they didn’t sweat while sitting, even after hours of wear.
- Poor quality construction that left the product falling apart after several weeks.
Since the available reviews were found on Amazon, there’s no note of difficulty returning the product or obtaining a refund. However, TriStar Products, while not registered with the Better Business Bureau, maintains an A+ rating for resolving and refunding any customer complaints, despite nearly 1,000 closed complaints (as of 3/12/15).
Buying (Or Returning) Your Hot Belt
If you’d like to purchase a Hot Belt, you can do so online, or by calling 1-800-963-1665.
When ordering, customers are given the option to purchase a single Hot Belt in Black for $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping and handling. At checkout, there’s an option to add a nude-colored Hot Belt for an additional $7.99 shipping, However, there isn’t an option to purchase only the nude-colored Hot Belt.
Standard delivery time is a lengthy three to four weeks. Also, residents of CT, NJ, NV, NY, PA should be aware that a state tax will be added to their final purchase price.
All purchases are covered by a manufacturer’s 60-day warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship, with the offer to replace or repair any Hot Belt that has sustained damage during normal wear. However, in the event of a warranty claim, customers will be responsible for packing their Hot Belt and shipping it back to the manufacturer, and will also have to include $7.99 for return shipping after the claim has been processed.
However, those who are simply dissatisfied with their Hot Belt appear to be out of luck — while customer service can be reached at either 1-973-287-5149 or email@example.com, no promise of “satisfaction or your money back” is made on their site.
Will The Hot Belt Really Whittle Your Middle?
The Hot Belt promises a quick fix to a concern most of us share—but don’t forget that wiggling into one doesn’t get you out of lacing up your jogging shoes!
The Hot Belt’s promise of belly-fat spot reduction (the term for trying to lose weight only in a specific area) has further been blasted by the Yale Scientific, in an article that points out that targeted fat loss is a myth.
While there is proof of increased results when working out while wearing shapewear, “any reduction to your waist size is likely a result of the exercise itself, rather than from wearing a belly-burning Hot Belt”, according to LiveStrong.com
Instead, losing fat requires cutting back on calories and stepping up your exercise regimen to at least 30 minutes of cardio activity a day. Want a real magic bullet (or belt)? Combine that cardio with some weight training and sensible nutrition, and that belly fat won’t stand a chance.
30 out 35 people found this review helpful
Horrible, never buy this.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
80 out 87 people found this review helpful
Don't buy it
I just bought two Hot Belt units. I was originally only going to buy one, but I was told by the person over the phone that if I buy two, I would get a free Instant Waste trainer. So I went ahead and bought two. Both of the belts were $60, plus $15 dollars for shipping and handling, When I got the belts, the instant trainer was nowhere to be found and in the receipt it said that “They were currently out of them” and that “they would send it to me as soon as possible”.
As soon as I put on the belt, I knew I had made a mistake buying it. I had ordered a "small" because I wanted it to be tight on me and help me get smaller. But as soon as I put on the belt it became as wide as me, it was not tight on me whatsoever. I had it on for five hours the first day, and I did not sweat whatsoever. I was just sitting at home that day so I thought perhaps I would sweat a lot if I wore it while exercising. So the next day I wore it while I went jogging, I wore it for a full 12 hours that day, and yet again I was not dripping in sweat like they say. My skin was moist at most.
I continued to wear it for about 3 more days, and by the 5th day the thing had stretched out so much that it was big on me. I couldn't wear it with regular clothes because it was obvious that I was wearing it. On the 6th day I decided not to wear it, and I started having side effects! The skin on my abdomen was very itchy. It was this itchy burning feeling, but it wasn't on the exterior, it felt like it was under my skin. I don't know how to explain it. I had never felt that way before. My whole torso from under my chest down was burning. It was very uncomfortable. The next day I put it on to see if it was really the belt causing it. And boom, the itchy/burning feeling was gone, I felt normal. I wore it for about 4 hours that day, then when I took it off and I was itching again. The itchy feeling continued on for about 2 days after the last time I wore the hot belt. On the 2nd day, the feeling wasn't consistent, it came and went randomly.
I will definitely never ever put that thing on again. It was a complete scam. I did not sweat once while I had it on. It got way too big after wearing it a couple of times, AND to top it all off, I got side effects when I didn't wear it. When I purchased it over the phone they told me that They had a 30 day trial, so I will return it as soon as possible. I wanted to keep it at least until I received the instant trainer, but it has been 2 weeks and I still have not received it. So by this point I don't care. This was the worst purchase I've made. This was my first time buying something from a TV commercial, and the experience was very unpleasant. I recommend to save yourself the headache and not waste your money on this. Bye Bye Hot belt!
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Jan 28, 2016
That's so true. It doesn't work at all. It's pure rubbish.
Sep 3, 2017
It works well when it is used right, I have seen major changes in just two weeks. Obviously, you can't use it and just sit around and expect it to work.
33 out 35 people found this review helpful
It's a scam
I ordered 2 Hot Shapers because TV ad said if I order 2 Hot Shapers for the price of $80 I would get the belt for free.
Both Hot Shapers arrived but not the belt, so I called the next day and they told me that they were going to check on my order status and will give me a call back. That was a month ago and until this day I haven't received a call.
I call and call and they don't pick up my call. I'm really upset, not because of the money but because of the big scam. Don't buy from them.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
77 out 81 people found this review helpful
Hot Belt Scam
To all people thinking about purchasing Hot Belt, through the www.tvventas.com website, or through their TV ad, my advice to you is to think twice as my experience with this product and company was disgusting and full of lies. Company is very polite when you're making a purchase and they promise money back, because they repeatedly say as your ordering, that "we're a very serious company, so if you're not fully satisfied with Hot Belt, simply return it and within 7-10 workday, you'll be refunded." So I did, I ordered the belt, it arrived perfectly.
After 20 days of trying the belt noticed it doesn't make you sweat like they mention. So, being not satisfied with it I returned it for my refund. They received my return on May 26, 2015. So, I spoke to them and was told to wait the 7-10 days and today is July 09 and have received absolutely nothing. I've been calling all this time and all they do is tell me it's not their problem because they say the check was sent on June 9. It's unbelievable that when I keep calling these people give me different excuses all the time. My frustration was so much, that I told them I'm going to file a complaint with consumer affairs against your company and they had the nerve to say to go ahead. I got so upset that I did.
So, if you're trying to order, this is their number 1800-370-7060 and their website is www.tvventas.com. People, don't get fooled by this scam, believe me, you can sweat more, by buying a sauna set at Walmart, for a much better price. One more note, these people tell you to return it and I see that all these Hot Belts are being used and returned by so many people. So if you figure it out , you're most likely ordering a used and sweaty belt from any unsatisfied customer. Stupid of me, disgusting. Awful experience -- learned from it.
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Jul 31, 2015
Thanks for that. I believe you because I ordered jeggings and it is the same as this thing. They promise everything, but when you don't want the product they ignore you totally. Not buying anything online anymore.