Yes, I actually bought one, if you can believe it. While it’s fresh in my mind, and while I’m wearing it post workout, I wanted to do a quick Slim Away Review after having used the ‘Belt’ for nearly a month.
About a month ago, Mrs. Tug and I were at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and while we were waiting at the checkout line, I looked up, and there it was. The Slim Away “As Seen on TV” product!
After seeing a Slim Away commercial back in December of last year, I was compelled to share my thoughts — which were mostly perceived as being negative.
If you peruse the comments, you’ll see that some folks gave me some shit for forming an opinion on a product that I had not yet tried. In my defense, I felt I created a informed opinion, based on my experience.
So there we were at BBB — the Slim Away calling my name. I decided to buy one for me, and one for the Mrs. (not that she needs any slimming, of course!) because she wanted to try it as well.
Total bill, $19.98 + tax ($9.99 each).
Now that we’ve had our belts for about 4 weeks, and I’ve had the chance to wear mine to the gym about 16 times, I can now speak from first-hand experience.
Here’s What Slim Away Does Do
Makes You Sweat
The Slim Away seals in body heat under the belt and makes you sweat a lot in that area.
Frankly, I kind of like this type of characteristic (focused sweating), especially around an area that I feel I could lose some inches in.
But, it’s not the only product that will do that. Heck, if you wrap your mid-section with saran wrap, it’ll do the same thing. I know, I’ve tried that before.
Do a google search for “waist trimmer belt”, and you’ll see a bunch of other products that’ll do the same thing
Lose Water Weight
The Slim Away helps you lose water weight. Well, yeah — of course it will.
Any product that “seals in body heat” that results in concentrated sweating will do that too. The wife and I had a Formostar at one point a few years ago, and that did the exact same thing.
Has wearing the Slim Away helped me temporarily lose water weight?? Probably.
Did it make a long-term or noticeable difference on me after four weeks of use? Nope.
Here’s What It Does NOT Do
No Back Support
At least for me, the Slim Away does not provide back support.
It’s a big wide rubber belt that wraps around your mid-section, so it does prohibit bending a bit, but I wouldn’t compare it to the actual back support you get from products like the Posture Shirt
Does Not Make You Look Slim
It does not make you look slim instantly.
For larger people, it might help a little in that area. But, the big problem here is that the belt has zippers, causing bulges in the zipper area, and those will show through – unless you have a PhD in figuring out how to position the belt so that it doesn’t.
I have photos below to illustrate.
Does Not Fit Under 34″ Waistline
It does not fit waistlines under 34″. I wear a 34″ pant waist most of the time, and I personally use the 5th (smallest) zipper closure myself.
My lovely wife is small/petite, having a waistline in the mid twenties, and the Slim Away Belt does not fit her at all.
Not That Comfortable
The Slim Away does not feel comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time.
One issue I found is that since the belt wraps around my midsection about 1.5 times, the inner part that sits against my skin at the end has a zipper on it, which comes in contact with my skin, irritates it, and feels uncomfortable.
I can easily tolerate it during a workout, but wearing it under my clothes for an entire day – not something I would want to do
Slim Away Photos
Wearing Slim Away by itself Wearing Slim Away belt under one shirt (a Fros-T actually) Another shot of the Slim Away belt zipper showing through
Slim Away belt zipper showing through under two shirts.
- Since it can help you lose water weight, and likely make you feel better about yourself in the process – giving you more confidence, it’s probably worth the $10. Gaining confidence is pretty priceless actually.
- If you’re looking to lose temporary water weight, the Slim Away could do that under the right circumstances. But, so could a bunch of other products
- If you’re under a 34″ waist, don’t bother buying it
- If you want a product to help your posture, do more research and find something designed for that purpose
- Wanna look more slim?? Go buy some slimming products. Women, check out Spanx (or Assets by Spanx). Guys, start here with my Slimming & Compression Undershirts article. There’s a lot to choose from
Still Want To Buy Slim Away?
If you’re still interested in buying a Slim Away belt, you can buy it on Amazon.