These things really work! How do I know? I bought a pair this week and the first time I put them on, I lost five pounds (and threw my back out) trying to hoist them up over my bowl-full-of-jelly belly!
Of course, if I were still built like the woman in the drawing on the package, I wouldn't need a body shaper.....lol. I think they need a "before and after" drawing, don't you?