About Sweat Belt
By insulating your body heat, increasing your core temperature, and causing you to “sweat more right where you want it most,” Sweat Belt promises to maximize your workout and your everyday chores alike.
In fact, the company claims that as soon as you wrap Sweat Belt’s adjustable and lightweight Thermo-tech material around your midsection, it will instantly deliver “waist-trimming compression” to help you look slim and lean. We’re told it’ll also compress and support your lower back and abdominal core muscles.
According to the manufacturer, Sweat Belt can be worn under or over your clothes, and when you’re done, it’s machine washable.
We’ll talk more about this shortly, but you probably already realize that there are hundreds of other neoprene abdominal bands out there. Is there anything that distinguishes Sweat Belt from the competition? And perhaps more importantly, can you reasonably expect it to deliver on its promises?
It might not be the ideal topic of conversation, but let’s start answering your questions by talking about sweat.
What Is Sweat? Are There Benefits to Increased Sweating?
Unlike some animals, the human body doesn’t operate well outside of its normal 98.6° temperature. So, when things get too hot, a part of the brain called the hypothalamus signals special skin glands to begin perspiring.
Once this liquid—made up of water, ammonia, urea, salts, and sugars—is exposed to air, it begins evaporating. And as each sweat droplet evaporates, it takes a tiny amount of heat with it.
Combined over the entirety of your body (although sweat glands are more concentrated in areas like the armpits, in the ear, eyelids, and elsewhere), the process of sweating can efficiently rebalance your body temperature if you get too hot.
Outside of increased physical activity (more about this next), there are many proven benefits to sweating, including flushing out cholesterol and salts, unclogging pores, releasing antibiotic agents, and more. But will sweating cause you to shed pounds or inches?
Can Sweating Help You Lose Weight?
Obviously, one of the easiest ways to cause your body to heat up and sweat is to engage in physical activity (especially cardiovascular activity, since it elevates your heart rate). In turn, this increases metabolism, which—when combined with a healthy diet—can help you lose weight and keep it off for the long term.
But what about increasing weight loss and doing so in a specific region of your body? Will that boost your results? There are two parts to this equation:
Will Increased Sweating Improve Your Weight Loss Results?
Whether you’re standing still in a hot room or adding a device like Sweat Belt to your core during physical activity, increasing the amount of sweat your body produces—without also increase metabolic output by raising your heart rate—won’t cause you to do anything other than losing water weight.
Since sweat is mostly water, this makes perfect sense, right? But the catch is that as soon as you drink liquids, this weight will immediately return.
Is Spot Fat Loss a Real Thing?
Alright, so increasing your body-wide sweating won’t help you lose weight, but can you lose more fat (and inches) in one region by causing it to sweat more than others?
We won’t bore you with the details, but the reality is that there’s little-to-no clinical evidence supporting spot fat loss. For a full picture of this, be sure to read There’s No Such Thing a “Spot Fat Loss.”
What does all of this mean for you? We’ll use what we just learned to answer this question in the final section, but first, let’s talk about Sweat Belt’s price.
How Much Does Sweat Belt Cost?
One Sweat Belt is priced at $14.99 plus $6.99 S&H. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second for an additional $6.99 S&H.
All sweat Belt orders also come with a $1 web service fee, as well as a 30-day refund policy, less S&H.
In order to request a refund, OnTel Products customer support can be reached at 844-255-9152.
How does this price compare to other sweat-accelerating and slimming belts?
How Does Sweat Belt Stack Up Against the Competition? Are There Any Reviews?
If you search online for “sweat belts,” “weight loss belts,” or “abdominal sweat bands,” you’ll find that you have dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of options that claim to deliver many of the same results as Sweat Belt. In fact, we’ve reviewed some of the more popular ASOTV versions in the past, including Xtreme Power Belt, Tummy Tuck Belt, Hot Belt, Mr. Belt, and more.
Granted, not all of these are designed exactly like Sweat Belt or feature the same “revolutionary” Thermo-tech material (which doesn’t appear to be anything more than some type of neoprene), but they all claim to deliver a slimming effect and boosted weight loss.
While Sweat Belt was too new for online reviews at the time of our research, most of these other options seem to come with 2-star or lower averages from HighYa readers, based primarily on complaints referencing ill-fitting designs, less-than-stellar quality, and no results.
Again, these are differently-designed products from completely different manufacturers, so we’re definitely not saying this is what you’ll experience with Sweat Belt. However, we do think it’s important that you have a complete picture of the situation.
From a price perspective, it seems like most of these other weight loss belts fall more or less in line with Sweat Belt.
Pro tip: These types of belts are also common at big box retailers with sporting goods sections, which could help you avoid the related S&H charges.
What’s the Bottom Line About Sweat Belt?
In the Sweat Belt commercial, you probably picked up on the fact that the manufacturer used keywords and phrases like “maximize,” “increase core temperature,” and “make you sweat where you need it most.” But did you also notice that they never mentioned the words “fat” or “weight loss”?
However, as consumers ourselves, we can imagine that most viewers will interpret these claims as helping them increase the amount of weight and/or inches they lose. But as we discussed above, there’s essentially zero clinical evidence supporting these kinds of claims.
On the other hand, Sweat Belt’s adjustable compression might provide additional back support, which could even lead to some pain relief, depending on what’s causing your back pain. If worn under clothes, we could also imagine it hiding mild bulges—but if you have moderate to large bulging, it seems like many customers claim these belts just push your bulges to other unsightly areas.
Given all this, should you place an order for Sweat Belt? Ultimately, that’s only a choice you can make. But if it was our money, we’d imagine we’d get more value by making an appointment with a doctor, personal trainer, or registered dietitian.