I was a skeptic and don't believe in a lot of the fitness items that are offered. I tried doing cardio and weights and my tummy wasn't getting as cut as I wanted. I started a hard core ab workout and still something was missing. I have used this belt every time I workout and it has helped immensely. The first month I started using the belt I lost 3 pounds. It helps you tone your midsection. You have to hand wash the belt after every workout so I put Dial liquid soap on it and rinse it in the shower. I hang dry it in the tub and it is ready to go the next day.