About Hot Shaper
Hot Shaper is a new waist training belt that’s claimed to help you hide your belly, support your back and posture, burn more calories, and instantly look up to 2 sizes slimmer, while giving you a perfect hourglass shape.
In order to accomplish this, Hot Shaper’s Neotex Smart Fabric features an inner layer that’s claimed to increase heat with skin contact, while the absorbent outer layer is claimed to “sweat away the calories” and keep you dry. In fact, Hot Shaper is claimed to help 87% of users burn more calories when doing the same workouts.
On top of this, Hot Shaper is claimed to be so comfortable that you can wear it over or under your clothes.
So what’s the deal with Hot Shaper? Can it really help you burn more calories while giving you a perfect hourglass figure? Consider the following:
Will Hot Shaper Help You Burn More Calories?
To explain, while the compression provided by Hot Shaper (more about this next) might help conceal some of your belly bulges, the reality is that “people who use devices such as waist trimmers and rubber sauna suits to help them sweat excessively during workouts are losing water weight, but not burning more calories to lose fat. As you sweat, your body loses a slight amount of weight due to the water it loses, but this type of weight loss is neither long-term nor effective. As soon as you consume water or another beverage after your workout, any weight you've happened to lose through sweat is quickly restored.”
With this said, there was a disclaimer posted at the bottom of Hot Shaper’s website that read, “Hot Shaper users followed the Hot Shaper reduced-calorie eating plan and did a cardio workout regularly. *RSI - International Research Services , October 2013.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that this study is available online, or directly through International Research Services’s website.
Potential Hot Shaper Side Effects
Despite the fact that Hot Shaper probably won’t do much more than temporarily flatten your belly, these types of compression belts and waist trainers can cause some real harm. This is because too-tight waist trainers can lead to:
- Compressed lungs, which can lead to breathing problems (especially if you’re working out intensely), and even rib damage.
- This reduced oxygen intake can even slow down your metabolism, making it more difficult to burn calories.
- Acid reflux, since your stomach can be pushed up beyond your diaphragm.
- Abdominal pain due to bowel constriction, which can also lead to constipation.
Granted, compared to many of the other waist trainers we’ve reviewed here at HighYa, it doesn’t appear that Hot Shaper is adjustable, so making it too tight may not be an option. However, unless it fits you perfectly, this could also come with its own set of drawbacks.
For more about the pros and cons of waist trainers, be sure to read our in-depth article titled Are Waist Trainers an Effective Shortcut to an Hourglass Figure?
What is Neotex Smart Fabric?
Outside of websites directly related to Hot Shaper, there wasn’t any additional information online about Neotex Smart Fabric. Because of this, it’s our opinion that’s it’s essentially just a neoprene sleeve, which the manufacturer has named for marketing purposes.
Whatever you call it though, while this neoprene might make you sweat, it won’t necessarily help you lose weight or shed inches.
Speaking of which, we find it hard to believe that Hot Shaper could comfortably be worn on the outside of your clothes, since you’ll almost certainly sweat through them quickly.
Are Customers Talking about Hot Shaper?
Hot Shaper was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered June 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, Hot Shaper is manufactured by Tristar Products, one of the largest companies in the “As Seen on TV” industry. As such, the company makes a variety of popular ASOTV products, including Perfecter Fusion Styler, Power Pressure Cooker XL, and Flex-Able Hose.
Among more than 530 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they had an average rating of 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences.
Granted, you may not experience the same with Hot Shaper, although it’s certainly something worth keeping in mind.
Hot Shaper Pricing & Refund Policy
Two Hot Shaper belts, one black and one nude, are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H. Hot Shaper is available in sizes S-3X, so sure to check the size chart before ordering.
With your order, you’ll also receive the Hot Shaper Nutrition and Fitness plans.
Hot Shaper comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that by the time you ship the product back to the manufacturer, you might lose more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund.
With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 973-287-5171.
Is Hot Shaper Your Ticket to a Slimmer Waist?
Like any other waist training belt, Hot Shaper may help you temporarily look slimmer by constricting your waist and moving your fat around, it almost certainly won’t help you burn more calories or shed inches. Instead, the only way to accomplish this is through eating healthy and exercising regularly.
Considering this, as well as the product’s high, non-refundable S&H charges, we might recommend searching for local options if you’re thinking about trying a waist trainer on for size.