Update 9/4/2013: This continues to be a popular post so I guess people are still interested in these HotPants. Please check out some of the comments below from readers who have purchased them – it seems many have had issues receiving the product after paying.
Like many women, I’m at a constant battle to get rid of cellulite on my hips and butt. Even though I’m at a normal weight range, I’ve had the unsightly lumps and bumps since I was about 13, so I was intrigued when I was selected to review the new HotPants by Zaggora ($71.86).
HOTPANTS™ are specially designed sports shorts that contain bio-ceramic technology, which emits far infrared rays and reflects back the heat naturally generated by the body to deliver warming up of tissue deep below the skin’s surface. This results in much higher levels of perspiration leading to “flushing out” of toxins and edemas that contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
They are meant to be worn for about 30 minutes every day, ideally in conjunction with exercise since that will have you moving around and sweating more, and thus maximize your results. Designed to create about 80% more perspiration, Zaggora says you can expect results in about 4-6 weeks typically.
I was a little (okay, a lot) skeptical but figured since I’m working out anyway, I could try to get more bang for my buck and maximize my results with HotPants. When I first received my package, I took them out and was immediately struck by how similar to a wetsuit the shorts look . After taking a peek at the tag and seeing it was made of Neoprene/Spandex/Polyester, I confirmed that it basically IS a wetsuit. They are similar in style to spandex bike shorts and came down to about knee length on me (I’m 5’5).
I ordered my normal size (small) and they fit pretty snugly, which you want to increase heat. I wore these several times during elliptical and treadmill workouts at home, and definitely noticed I was sweating significantly more than usual. Like, completely drenched in sweat, which is unusual for me.
I don’t normally track my weight so I can’t give you a before/after, but I’m sure if you are sweating profusely every day, you will likely lose a few pounds in water weight at least. So from that perspective, these pants most likely will help you lose weight. I haven’t been wearing them long enough to determine if they help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but it sure would be nice!
- they definitely caused me to heat up more and sweat quite a bit more
- I can honestly say I will continue wearing these – in the privacy of my own home!
- if I see cellulite reduction, it will be worth the high price and slight discomfort to wear them
Or Not to Buy…
- I couldn’t bring myself to wear these outside the house. The knee-length bike short style is not my preferred look, and the tight fit is restrictive when running. There’s also a large HotPants logo on the front of one leg, so I felt like a walking billboard.
- they were a bit uncomfortable. I prefer shorts that sit at my hips, and these were very high-waisted. I kept wanting to roll down the waist.
- if you’re a serious athlete, these will probably hamper performance (I wouldn’t wear these for a 5k or anything).
- you have to hand wash them, and since they get super sweaty and are meant to be worn daily, that means daily hand washing.
Overall, I’m on the fence. I like the idea of HotPants and at least from my initial trial, they do seem to live up to the claims of making you sweat more and potentially lose weight. I wish they could tweak the design and style a bit since they’re not very flattering to wear in public, and I’d be more likely to wear them more frequently.
Update: After conducting this review, I never wore the HotPants again. They just weren’t that comfortable or practical for someone who actually works out.
Check out the twitter hashtag #hotinhotpants to see what others are saying about HotPants!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. I received free product(s) to facilitate my review but that did not affect my opinion.