Popular among celebrities, waist training is all over the social media sites with people claiming it is amazing.
Kim and Khloe Kardashian have been using them to create slim waists, but do they actually work?
In this blog post we’ll look at the types that are available to you online, if there are any risks and if it’ll all be worth it in the end.
What is Waist Training?
Waist training aims to try and make the area between the hips and ribcage smaller by working the front and lower abdominals and obliques. They work to strengthen the muscles to create a flatter tummy and more defined waist. It does this by using a material that wraps tightly around the waist and lower ribcage, similar to that of a corset, popular in the 19th century.
What Types of Corset are there?
There are three types of waist trainers:
- Latex Waist Trainers: Are more flexible as they only have a few bones which allow you to move more freely, often popular with starters. Good to wear when working out.
- Corset Waist Trainers: they have more layers and are more rigid, but they can have creative designs on them whilst allowing the skin to breather. They don’t wrinkle as much as the latex ones and keep the waist tight in.
- Ribbon Corset Waist Trainer: Similar to the corset waist trainer but it can be customized to your body shape and size. It has lacing in the back and can be tightened to your preferred size.
How does it work?
The primary idea is that it will produce an hourglass shape to help remove love handles and extra layers of fat to create a curvy shape. However, it has been suggested that it will only work if you shed residual body fat first. They can also cause you to eat less.
What are the advantages?
The celebrities who endorse the products will swear that the waist trainers offer many advantages, some of them being:
- A smaller waist
- Making you look thinner
- Boosting your confidence
- Elongating your stature
- Improving your posture
- Helping with back problems
- Allowing you to reshape your waist after giving birth.
It seems that all the pros would make buying the waist trainers worth the amount of money, right?
What do the professionals say?
There are mixed views on waist trainers but there are some professionals who aren’t so sure they work. Caroline Apovian, M.D., professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, said:
If you’re going out and want to look really thin, I don’t see a problem with wearing one
But with regards to claims that they can reshape the body or trigger fat loss she replies:
In my opinion, that is complete nonsense.
In fact, there is no scientific evidence at all that this happens and professionals have said that it could even decrease core strength, the opposite of what you really want.
Andrew Miller, a New York City based plastic surgeon, goes on to say:
If you stopped wearing the corset, eventually you’re just going to return to the way you were
Seems like a waste of money if, in the long term, the results disappear.
What are the risks?
There seems to be some problems with the waist trainer, making it not as great as all the celebrities make out.
It can cause discomfort if it is on too tight, which in turn can give you breathing problems and can contribute to heartburn. Probably not something you want when you’re trying to do your daily routine.
As it can restrict your breathing, working out in one could potentially be dangerous. It will affect your ability to work hard and could cause back acne from the tightness and extra sweat. Not only this, you run the risk of becoming light headed and fainting.
According to Dr. Apovian, your stomach could get pushed up beyond the diaphragm and could cause reflux, making you feel uncomfortable. As well as this, you may not be able to digest your food properly. Miller says:
You’re compressing your stomach so much that when you take a bite of food, you end up with acid reflux.
Because of the restriction, the waist trainers could cause bruising to the bones, which some mistake as their bones moving. It is a complete myth that they will change your bone structure as by the time you’re an adult you have fully developed.
Not only can you have breathing problems, the waist trainer could decrease blood flow in your veins, causing problems with blood clots and put pressure on your heart.
All of these facts make us want to stay as far away from waist trainers as possible.
Is it worth the pain?
It seems that waist trainers are only good if you want to wear them to feel better as they won’t have any lasting effects on waist size, shape or appearance.
In our opinion, it would be much better to exercise doing core exercises such as the plank or twisting crunches to work those abs and define muscles. It takes hard work to look good.
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