Slim Away Review: The REAL Truth About this As Seen On TV “Get Slim Instantly” Product

July 12, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More

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 share some thoughts after having used the Slim Away ‘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 are at BBB with the Slim Away is calling my name, so 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 It Does Do

  • 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
  • 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

  • At least for me, it 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
  • 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.
  • 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. It’s unwearable
  • It 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

Photos (Click to Enlarge)

Final Thoughts

  • 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

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  1. reg


    I wear one or two T shirts under the belt to absorb excessive sweat. I wear it during the day and at night.
    I have seen results with diet and exercise. It helps but definitely need exercise, diet and fluids.

    • Tug says:

      thanks reg for the feedback. yeah, i wore mine at the gym until i wore it out (:

      definitely helps burn water weight, though any neoprene belt or sweat-gear would likely give you a similar result of losing water weight quickly.

  2. Rchelle


    They say it fits waists from 22 in-50, but I am about a 32 waist and the Slim Away belt was very loose when I first put it on. Strangely, when I cut of three of the 5 zippers- mainly to eliminate the excessive bulk, and I tried it back on, it felt a bit tighter and not as loose when I zipped it on the last zipper. That was a nice surprise. I will definitely take Danielle’s suggestion of adding an extra zippers, I have three, lol. The weight I am losing is because of my healthy food choices, but this is an extra boost in the midsection area….not bad.

  3. Danielle


    I just bought this item three days ago. The first day after wearing it for 8 hours and checking waist, I had lost about three inches. Now on the the smallest zipper. Day three loss but still fits. I am going to remove the last zipper cause it does hurt your side after long use and I am going to sew it on to add a smaller zipper. Why not sure looks easy, only has one row of stitching on it and I need it to be smaller. I also found that the zipper on the side that well hurt after long wearing, I fold the end out and away from the body. The outer wrap holds the fold down. Redneck fix I guess. Thanks for all the in put.

  4. Chantal


    I recently purchased the slim away belt to try and see if it was really going to slim me down. I was told by other users that it worked but just wearing the belt for a week I found it was uncomfortable wearing the belt with the zipper rubbing against my skin while wearing it at work. I also found it was difficult to consume food and drink because my somache was compressed by the belt. I agree with this article that it’s good for the self confidence loosing the water weight for a little bit but long term it’s better to learn proper exercising habbits to loose weight in a healthy manner.

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