Obesity is major problem around eh world and millions of people are affected. Just to recap, obesity is a major precursor for myriad of health problems in the world today and as such it is not surprising that there is so much talk on how to manage weight.
However, while weight is major issue so is marketing and many late night shows are packed with products and various remedies that promise you results instantly. So what really works? That is tough question given all the slick terms, pictures and testimonials by people who swear they lost 100 pounds using the product. For anyone suffering from obesity and earnestly seeking a solution this dilemma is very real and may contribute to giving and letting things be.
Lipoproteins and Obesity
With the intention of providing some credible data on slim belts and weight loss this article will discuss the findings of a study on these devices and how they affect lipoprotein. Generally speaking these proteins are of two types, high density and low density. They exist in the blood stream and are useful in aiding the transportation of fats through the blood stream. You can probably already guess that one step to measuring the effectiveness any routine or device in weight loss will be determined by the concentration of these proteins in the blood. It would therefore be deemed useful if the percentage/concentration of these went down. You should know that all cells require fats for healthy operation and thus the goal would be to keep the concentration within acceptable levels.
So are slim belts effective?
To estimate the efficacy of slim belts one research study used two groups 15 of participants each and aerobic exercise to determine the efficacy of the devices. One group used the slim belt for 15 minutes after and aerobic workout while the control group only undertook the aerobic routine.
In this experiment lipoproteins were used as a determinant of effectiveness given that while aerobic exercise through sweating and increased cardiovascular activity can easily lead to marked reductions in body mass and fat, it would be difficult to assess the efficiency of slim belts without looking within. For better measurement the participants were made to maintain the routine for a period of eight weeks to provide ample time to observe any changes in both groups.
For consistency all participants selected were 25-35 year old housewives, all of whom would exercise less than 2 times each month, generally sedentary housewives. After the period was completed the findings indicated significant differences in pre- and post-test concentration of lipo-proteins. However, there was little difference in the findings between the two groups. Based on this the study was able to conclude that aerobic study is very effective as far as weight reduction or management is concerned. However, it also revealed that slim belts were unlikely to be useful as far as weight loss/management is concerned. These conclusions were based on the local fat and BMI measurements. It was also recommended that for even better results, longer aerobic session may be more useful. The exercise in the experiment was undertaken for 1 hour thrice each week during the trial period. Bottom line, slim belts are just one of the many marketing gimmicks out there.
Tehrani, M. A., Alijani, E., Norbakhsh, M., & Valizadeh, R. (2012). The effect of eight weeks exercise with or without use of slim belt on lipoprotein among housewife women. Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences, 46, 5449-5452.