The Sauna Belt – Does it Work or is it a Scam?

The one-size-fits-all sauna belt alleges to help sweat away unwanted fat, eliminate cellulite, help you lose weight and alleviate muscle pain, all while sitting comfortably in a chair in front of the TV or working out. According to the companies that sell them, you can apply the sauna heating belt to any part of your body such as the stomach or thighs, and the heat will penetrate to help flush out toxins.

At least, that’s what they claim…

What Sauna Heating Belts Are Supposed to Do

The makers of some sauna belts want you to believe that you can lose weight through passive activity, but you know through common sense that this is just not so.

Velform Sauna Belt

A good majority of us are overweight, or slightly overweight, and want to use a quick and effective means to melt the fat. Since we’ve all heard of the advantages of “sweating off the pounds,” we look to gimmick products like the Velform sauna belt to do the work for us. Some of us are not able to do a conditioning program to get in shape for health reasons, and some of us are healthy in many ways but simply too lazy to go to the gym. It’s true that saunas can provide cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself against the effects of the heat. But for that aim to be achieved the whole body must be involved; a spot-reducing heating belt wrapped around the waist is not a “sauna”.

How To Choose an Effective Sauna Heat Belt

If you see a product that promises weight loss without exercise, we have a one-word description for that sauna belt: it’s called SCAM.

That kind of sauna heat belt is totally useless. Any form of exercise (even walking) combined with maintaining a proper diet are the key elements you need to get and stay healthy.

Compare the Most Popular Sauna Belts on Sale Here

Sauna Heating Belt

To name some of these scam companies still in business and looking for the next victim, there’s the Velform (“Buy one, get one free — $19.95”), the SuperTrimo (“Lose Inches in Minutes!”), the Rio (“Instant Weight Loss!”), and several others. These sauna heat belts all seem to be made in Indonesia and somebody is getting rich selling these things.

The main problem with these belts is that most users try too hard to lose weight quickly and end up wearing the sauna heating belt too long. In an attempt to get some kind of result for their cash outlay, they usually wind up after a session or two with itchy prickly rashes and burns. Do you have a $10 heating pad in your hall pantry? Then get it out and use that. It’s practically the same thing as a sauna heat belt, only it’s padded and it won’t burn you.

Some Popular Sauna Belts That Can Work

As long as you avoid the scam products, you may be able to achieve some decent results with sauna heating belts that do actually provide benefits. It may be weight loss, it may be back support, it could be core building...hey it could just be a placebo effect.  Whatever it may be, customer reviews on some models have been quite positive.

There are several well-regarded brands out there including the AZSport Waist Trimmer, the Sweet Sweat Premium Waist Trimmer, and the Waist Trimmer Ab Belt, all of which get very positive reviews.

The bottom line is you're not going to see any results just sitting around the house with a sauna belt around your waist.  You do have to put in the work and actually work out and exercise to see any significant results.  Whether or not the belt truly enhances those results has yet to be determined, but for now if people feel like the belts are helping to motivate them, that's all that matters.


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