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1/3/14 12:07 P

I had to stop using mine when lifting heavy because if I use one to support my back when lifting then I'm probably lifting more than I should. Since I stopped using one altogether I have gotten stronger and now lift far heavier than I ever have before and all without the use of the belt.

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1/3/14 11:09 A

Those neoprene waist cinchers (that promise to whittle away your waist) don't work. They also say that making your middle sweat causes a person to lose inches off their waist. That too is a misconception.

When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. We don't get to decide where the weight comes off. Genetics makes that decision. However, I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get a little regular exercise, you will lose off your entire body with time.

So, if you want to lose inches off your waist, you need to do your best to eat right and watch your portions.

You can wear the waist belt for some support, but honestly it doesn't do anything. If you'd like to invest in a peice of exercise equipment that will help you become fitter, I would encourage you to buy a set of resistance bands instead. You can find them for cheap at any Target, Walmart, Sears or even TJ Maxx for cheap.

Resistance bands will do more for your body than a weight belt will.

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1/3/14 11:06 A

LEC is correct. Those belts won't help with fat loss, so I'd suggest saving your money and just sticking with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
1/3/14 10:34 A

The only thing that has worked for me is expending more calories than I eat. Fewer calories and more exercise in other words.

Keep a sense of humor. Remember, laughing burns calories too!

Laugh until it hurts! It's one of the few things in life that's still free!!

Any effort is better than no effort!
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1/3/14 10:03 A

It doesn't. A weighted belt or vest can make body weight strength training or cardio more challenging but it definitely does not help you lose fat. Those belts that claim to trim belly fat through either causing sweat in the area or electrical stimulation are scams and have been sued by the FTC for making untrue claims.

We can't chose where we lose fat from. Fat loss is a full body process caused by a calorie deficit created through diet and exercise.

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1/3/14 9:51 A

I don't think it works that way.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.
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1/3/14 9:24 A

does anyone wear a weight belt to help lose inches around the stomach?

GOD is in control!!!
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