Do waist trainers actually work?
Waist trainers are designed to “train” your figure into an hourglass shape by compressing your midsection. They’re basically a modern take on a corset.
Celebrities posting photos and enthusiastic endorsements on social media may have contributed to the waist trainer trend. Even if celebrities swear by them, that doesn’t mean they’re effective or safe to use.
Continue reading to learn more about the realities of waist trainers and whether or not they are harmful to your health.
What Is A Waist Trainer?
A waist trainer is an undergarment made up of thick fabric and hard metal boning. Worn around the midsection, it’s cinched up with a lacing system, hooks, or Velcro.
It’s intended to be worn much more tightly than a girdle or shaping underwear to give you a sleeker, smaller waist. While results can be seen immediately, “training” requires wearing the garment frequently over a period of months.
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1. It makes your waist appear slimmer:
They do have that instant effect; simply wrapping it around your waist makes you appear smaller, taut, and tiny. Waist training can also serve as a constant reminder of your current shape, helping to create a sense of restriction that can encourage people to diet.
2. It could result in a temporary weight loss:
Waist training has been shown to increase body temperature during workouts, causing you to sweat more, and this can result in temporary weight loss. However, keep in mind that this is only a short-term solution that will only work for you in the long run if you combine it with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
3. It doesn’t help you get rid of body fat in the long run.
The issue is that waist training only makes you appear slimmer while wearing the corset. Your body will quickly revert to its normal shape once you remove it. This is due to the fact that wearing a corset has no effect on the amount of body fat you have. You’d have to wear the corset all the time to get long-term results from waist training.
4. It has the potential to cause organ shifts, which could be dangerous.
The upper organs shift upwards, while the lower organs shift downwards, as a result of waist training. This can put a similar amount of pressure on the abdomen, which can lead to constipation.
Because of the change in pressure on your internal organs, you will be less tolerant of certain foods, such as gas-producing and fatty foods, and some people may find that standard portion sizes are too large. It can also cause unwelcome bouts of acid reflux and disrupt your stomach’s normal functioning.
5. Your breathing may be affected.
If your waist trainer is too tight and you use it frequently, you may experience cramps, discomfort, and pinching. This constriction and tightness around the waist may harm your skin’s appearance and overall health.
Additionally, the quality and depth of your breathing is influenced, especially if you are exercising while wearing your ‘waist trainer.’
6. It has the potential to dehydrate you.
During ‘waist training,’ you may notice an increase in body temperature and excessive sweating, which can lead to dehydration. We recommend that people stay fully hydrated to avoid any symptoms.
7. It can wreak havoc on your back muscles.
Even if you exercise regularly, prolonged waist training causes your abdominal muscles to become less active. Because you are not relying on these muscles for posture when wearing the corset, waist training has the potential to weaken the back and abdominal muscles.
The corset provides support, not the muscles, which will waste if they are not used.