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Since Mid December, I wore an ab belt.
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Heypeople92 posted:
I wore it everywhere I was except the shower, including after working out, when it was itchy after sweating so much. Up until April, I wore it only when I slept, about five and a half hours a night. When I wake up and it feels sticky from the sweat.My chief concern is that if I stop wearing it, I will gain weight because my body is so used to the ab belt because my weight is something that I've worked hard to lose at first and then maintain.
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
No, this isn't true as long as you watch your calorie intake. The only effect it might have is indirect in that it is uncomfortable and compressing your abdomen and you might feel uncomfortable eating. But you can't wear it forever (you will almost certainly get some type of skin irritation).

If you gain weight after wearing it then you are consuming more calories than you were when you wore it. It's not like the belt is magic and melting away calories and fat.

For weight loss you must burn more calories than you consume. I suggest that you post your weight goals and diet-related questions to the Diet Community:
http://exchanges.webmd.com/diet-exchange

And estimate your basal or resting metabolic rate (BMR) here:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-metabolism-calculator

And here's the Food and Fitness Planner
http://www.webmd.com/diet/food-fitness-planner/summary

And the exercise calorie counter:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-fitness-calorie-counter

Go ahead and add your BMR to your total exercise calories (which is 24-hour energy expenditure or 24-hrEE), then subtract that number from the number of calories you consume all day. If the number is negative then you'll lose weight. For instance, if you consume 1500 and burn 2000 with BMR and exercise, then you get -500 (minus 500), which means you will lose a pound a week (3500 calories equals one pound - so 7 days of a 500 calorie deficit = 3500, or one pound)

And I suggest that you visit one of the Diet Clubs based on how much weight you want to lose.

http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-10-25-lbs-exchange
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-25-50-lbs-exchange
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-50-100-lbs-exchange
http://exchanges.webmd.com/dieting-club-100-lbs-exchange

You'll find everything you need to lose weight on these sites. Feel free to post back if you have questions. Rich
 
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Heypeople92 replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
I want to make sure you're right: so even if I stop wearing it after the long amount of time that I have, but burn as many calories as I have been, then I won't gain weight just for no longer wearing the belt?
 
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to Heypeople92's response:
As long as you continue to burn more calories than you consume, then yes, you won't gain weight. But you really have to make sure nothing changes. If you start to gain then you are consuming more calories than before, exercising less, or both.


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