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What is neoprene?Side effect on the body

What is neoprene?Side effect on the body

Rubber: Neoprene is the material found in SCUBA wet suits and other compression type athletic apparel. Unless you are allergic to it wearing neoprene does not negatively affect the body. It will cause you to sweat profusely so you might experience a heat rash from wearing it. ...Read more

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Do neoprene waist reducers actually work?

No.: If by "work" you mean reduce your weight or body fat, the answer is no. The elastic tension of a neoprene wrap might actually reduce your waist size as long as you are wearing it, but this is a "girdle" effect and has nothing to do with changing your body composition. ...Read more

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Could neoprene waist reducers really work?

Could neoprene waist reducers really work?

Only temporarily : Neoprene waist reducers work by causing spot sweating which causes some size reduction but that only lasts until the next drink of water. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used neoprene shorts to lose water weight?

Has anyone ever used neoprene shorts to lose water weight?

Not the answer.: This can make transient (temporary changes) but really is not the answer to weight loss. Eating healthfully and staying active need to be the guiding principals. ...Read more

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Can i put on a neoprene waist belt around my billy and my back for about 5 hours during a ceremony ?

Can i put on a neoprene waist belt around my billy and my back for about 5 hours during a ceremony ?

Corset: In years past, women used to wear corsets, and they would wear them really tight. You will have a hard time breathing and can actually make you pass out. You can always try. ...Read more

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What to do if I have this little pooch. can I wear a neoprene belt to help reshape and flatten that area?

What to do if I have this little pooch. can I wear a neoprene belt to help reshape and flatten that area?

That won't work: Abdominal fat is first to show and last to go. Wearing a rubber belt will cause you to sweat and lose some water which may make your abdomen look thinner, but as soon as you drink water it will return to its former size. Best way to lose the gut is the tried and true method of decreasing calorie intake and increase calorie burning by increasing activity. You can't spot reduce, fat is lost evenly. ...Read more

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I know neoprene is considered a toxic chemical, but is it toxic to use neoprene dumbells for a workout? If so, how is it toxic through using dumbells?

I know neoprene is considered a toxic chemical, but is it toxic to use neoprene dumbells for a workout? If so, how is it toxic through using dumbells?

Probably safe: Neoprene is usually used for stretchy materials like laptop sleeves & wetsuits. It can "outgas" toxic chemicals and when glued to other materials the glues are toxic too. Chemicals in neoprene can irritate skin. But once neoprene dumbells are a few months old, most of the toxic chemicals that might outgas from them have dissipated and there should be no significant hazard from using them. ...Read more

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What chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

What chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

Chloroprene: Neoprene is polychloroprene This is synthetic rubber The EPA classifies Chloroprene as a group D chemical this makes its carcinogenicity inconclusive The International agency for Research on cancer IARC classified it as group 2 B ( possibly carcinogenic) This is likely to occur mainly as industrial exposure and may be linked to skin and lung cancers ...Read more

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Which chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

Which chemical in neoprene causes cancer?

Not concerned: Neoprene is polymerized chloroprene. Chloroprene monomer has caused cancer in a few obscure animal experiments, just as most anything else can be made to do as a promoter. There is talk of genotoxicity, but in its polymerized form it couldn't reach the genes in any case. Folks working with chloroprene aren't showing up with extra cancers. Don't throw away your wetsuit. ...Read more