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Weighted hula hoops have hundreds of millions of views on TikTok, and a lot of the videos are centered around weight loss. I randomly watched a dozen or so today, and a majority of them are chronicling a weight loss journey, showing off day to day changes in waist sizes.

I’m usually pretty skeptical about TikTok weight loss trends. For one, TikTok is flooded with health myths. (Influencers have told me to pour a bunch of hydrogen peroxide straight into my ear canal and also onto my teeth, to shove a garlic clove up my nose, to eat papaya seeds to get rid of potential worms in my gut, and to treat a yeast infection with yogurt, to name a few.)

In general, it’s hard to identify if a weight loss journey that you’re viewing in 15-second clips is sustainable, healthy, and not for the purpose of loving oneself or chasing a flawed standard of beauty.

But if you see enough smiling fitness influencers spreading the alleged gospel of the latest gadget and how it gave them their dream body, it’s hard not to be tempted to add to cart fast with the hopes of sharing that experience. But not all of these influencers have done their homework or are professionally certified. They’re probably getting paid for each purchase they influence, too.

This is a long-winded introduction to our favorite weighted hula hoop.

Our reviewer did three workouts with five different weighted hula hoops, and ranked them based on assembly, comfort, ease of use, functionality, and customer reviews. And generally how enjoyable the low-impact cardio workout was.

We also found that weight loss is possible through hooping, if that’s your goal, but you might need to complement it with other types of exercise and a healthy diet. “If you just put on a hoop and think that is all that is needed, you will max out on weight and plateau quickly,” certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Karla Horton, who teaches weighted hoop fitness classes, told us.

Our top pick is the Dumoyi Smart Weighted Fit Hoop ($50). It was the easiest to get the hang of, is lightweight, has an adjustable rope for beginners, extra massage heads for comfort, and doesn’t take up much space. The rest of our rankings, and also some more info on the exercise practice, are on our sister site.

Have you made an impulse purchase of a health or fitness product based on a TikTok video? Did it meet your expectations? I wanna hear about your experience.

Melanie, editor at Nessie Sightings

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