Tummy Tuck Belt is an “as seen on TV” weight loss product. The brand’s website describes it as “instant slimming” and claims that combined with their diet and exercise program, it “ignites a fat burning chain reaction to slim away fat from your tummy.”
But can a physical belt actually help with weight loss, or are these just marketing claims? Are there any risks associated with the use of Tummy Tuck Belt? Is the brand’s diet and exercise program effective? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of the Tummy Tuck Belt?
In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more as we review medical studies to give our take on whether or not the Tummy Tuck Belt can help with weight loss.
We’ll share our concerns about some of the health claims made by the brand, explain why Tummy Tuck was sued, and highlight real, unsponsored Tummy Tuck Belt user reviews.
Can a Belt Cause Weight Loss?
Tummy Tuck Belt claims that when combined with diet and exercise, their product can cause weight loss. However, the brand provides no proof of such claims and these claims seem unscientific in our opinion.
Weight loss is a simple thermogenic process: calories consumed versus calories expended. It doesn’t logically follow that wearing a physical waist training device would help with weight loss efforts unless that device increased calories expended.
We searched for medical studies testing the effects of a physical belt device on weight, but we were unable to identify any (which is unsurprising given that it just seems illogical that such a device would work).
We do not consider Tummy Tuck Belt likely to cause weight loss.
The brand describes their diet and exercise program as integral to the success of the Tummy Tuck Slimming System (which includes the belt), but provides very little explanation on their website about what their diet and exercise program consists of.
The only specifics provided are that “2 minute standing abdominal…exercises” are included in the weight loss program. But you don’t need to purchase anything to do standing ab exercises. You can just do them at home for free!
Here’s our take: a diet and exercise program can certainly cause weight loss. But Tummy Tuck provides no information proving that their diet and exercise program is more effective than any other diet and exercise program. So the entire system seems like a waste of money in our opinion.
If an individual loses weight on the Tummy Tuck System, we would consider the weight loss to be caused by the diet and exercise and not by the belt.
Overall, we do not recommend the Tummy Tuck Belt. It may provide aesthetic benefits but we don’t believe it will actually cause weight loss.
But how do real users rate and describe its effects? We’ll cover that in the next section.
Real, Unsponsored Tummy Tuck User Reviews
A YouTube creator named “Bambi Sunshine” reviewed the Tummy Tuck system and explained if it actually caused weight loss for her:
A YouTube creator named “AKA Felishous” did a live product demonstration to show whether the Tummy Tuck Belt reduces the appearance of stomach fat:
Does Tummy Tuck Belt Cause Side Effects?
Tummy Tuck Belt does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials so it’s impossible to say for certain whether or not the device causes side effects.
However, we can make an educated guess based on its materials and suggested use.
We do not believe that the Tummy Tuck Belt is likely to cause side effects in the average consumer. It’s a simple physical device that’s applied just like tight clothing.
However, there are some potential risk factors for consumers to consider.
Corsets, which are another type of device for reducing the visible appearance of body fat, have been clinically shown to cause harm in some cases.
A 2020 case report documented a patient who experienced a severe artery blockage due to the negative effects of a corset on circulation.
A clinical trial published in the Respiratory Care journal found that waist trainers can have a small but significant impact on breathing and lung function while using the device.
Tummy Tuck Belt does not describe their device as a corset so we are not saying these risks are necessarily applicable, but the terms “corset” and “Tummy Tuck Belt” are not clinically defined and there may be some overlap.
Why Was Tummy Tuck Sued?
Tummy Tuck’s manufacturer, a brand called Savvier, settled a lawsuit for $1 million in 2017 according to a California governmental division.
The lawsuit alleged that Tummy Tuck made unsubstantiated marketing claims, was failing to comply with an automatic product renewal law, and part of the resolution states that the brand was to withhold from making product efficacy claims in the future without substantial evidence (which makes the claims we cite in the next section even more confusing).
This lawsuit was initiated by the California Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force rather than customers of the product.
Questionable Health Claims on Tummy Tuck Belt Website
There are a number of questionable and uncited health claims on the Tummy Tuck Belt website that we disagree with.
The brand claims that after 10 minutes of using their device, a “fat melting chain reaction” is “triggered.” There is no citation for this claim and we find it to be highly unscientific.
Tummy Tuck also claims that “typical results are approximately 0.35 inches after the first week.” We’re unsure how the brand is able to make such specific efficacy claims, but this claim is uncited and the brand does not appear to have published any clinical trials proving this data point.
The brand’s website includes a strange before-and-after image, shown above, claiming to show a reduction of belly fat thickness. But there is no explanation where this data came from or how much belly fat it represents.
In the footer of the website, there is an asterisk stating “clinical scenes recreated by volunteers.” We have never come across the term “clinical scenes” before in our hundreds of product reviews. A scene is typically a fictitious depiction, like a movie.
We urge Tummy Tuck Belt to clarify whether the data they cite comes from an actual clinical trial, and if so they should publish that trial. Otherwise we have no clue what “clinical scenes” means in the context of product efficacy claims.
We consider it to be a red flag when a product makes bold health claims without any clearly-published proof of those health claims.
Tummy Tuck Belt Customer Reviews
Tummy Tuck Belt is sold on Amazon, which is a more objective resource for customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion. The product has been reviewed over 1,800 times with an average review rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Rene B.” who claims that the product is effective and has secondary benefits:
“I've had the product for a week now and have been using it every day. I am already noticing a difference. I would highly recommend it to anyone with belly fat or anyone that just wants to lose a few inches off their wasteline. I plan on buying one for a friend of mine for her birthday. The cream that accompanies the belt has also helped with my stretch marks. Thank you for this awesome product! :)”
The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “KitterJul” who suggests (like us) that the same effects can be achieved by exercise along without the belt:
“I remain confused and disappointed in this product. There was no heat, no burning, and absolutely no change. The standing abdominal crunches are good exercises--it is easy to feel your muscles work and believe these will help, but they can be done without any cream or spandex waist-tube. Im returning this--this was too expensive for no results. If this has worked for others, then great! But this has done nothing for me.”
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