Hey yall, did you miss me? I missed you guys. So, for this week I wanted to find a topic that was a little controversial and put in my educated two cents. So this is a topic that was brought to my attention, Waist Trainers. You know those things you see people wrap around their stomachs in the gym or out and about.
The first issue I must address when talking about this topic is the idolization of the social media models. I know I find myself scrolling through Instagram pages curious to see what workouts the “fittest in the world” are doing this week or what the Kardashians use to get their hourglass figure. Let’s face it ladies, we see famous celebs using waist trainers and they have the perfect body that we dream of, its only natural to want to use what they use! While these celebrities may advertise equipment, what they fail to tell you is the products alone did not get them the sought-after figure.
What the heck is “Waist Training”?!
Waist training or “cinching” as it has been called has been around for hundreds of years but wasn’t used in the fitness industry until the 2000’s by celebrities for the perfect hourglass figure. Waist cinchers (waist trainers) are shaping garments that specifically target the abdomen area. They are designed to provide a slimming effect underneath your clothing and usually shave about 1-2 inches from your waistline when wearing one. Most of these are made from spandex or nylon materials with some plastic bonding for the ribs. People often workout with these on and even wear them while sleeping…so ultimately, they are being worn 24/7 to keep their figure.
This is such a controversial topic that many women are eager to find out about. Many critics and reviewers say waist training is unsafe or can cause bruised ribs, acid reflux, shallow breathing and more commonly back pain. You start out wearing a waist cincher (waist trainer) every other day and eventually every single day during the day and night. A majority of people tighten the hooks or strap the Velcro to tight on waist cinchers too early- this is what causes the negative health issues.
Doing this can lead to negative health effects as previously stated. One fact I learned that shocked me is the tendency these waist trainers have in redistributing organs, very similar to the way your body naturally acts during pregnancy- only thing is, you’re not pregnant.
It’s important to note that all of us whom admire the Kardashians and other fitness models’ hour glass figures that waist cinchers DID NOT magically cause weight loss. These are simply used to shape figures- they DO NOT lead to weight loss. Wearing these will suppress appetites at times but they are not some magic garment that melts fat away, they simply redistribute the fat to another area of your body. The waist cincher does not modify your hips, but it can shift your two bottom ribs (like actually shift them). This is also known as “floating ribs”; waist training with the assistance of time can shift these two ribs to give you an hourglass figure (though not permanent).
Sounds scary right? Your bones are literally moving in your body and your lungs are being smashed. Some women have actually passed out, broken their ribs and have had many other injuries while trying to achieve the perfect body using this method. The only scientifically proven way to reduce fat in an area (for this post specifically the stomach area) is through proper nutrition and exercise.
There may be a few supplements that are “proven” to reduce fat but the most effective way is through your diet and exercise. If you use waist band techniques to squeeze your stomach in, all the fat will disperse to a different area-never ridding the body of the fat- when you aren’t suppressing it anymore (stop wearing a waist band) it will go right back. *mic drop*. Why would you put yourself through the pain? it sounds miserable too me, especially when there are no permanent results. Frankly, if you have to continuously put yourself through the pain and stress on the body that this garment causes everyday to reap the benefits I don’t see it being worth it.
Yes, you can get away with wearing a waist trainer without serious harm. If your serious about your weight loss and want it to be long term I would HIGHLY recommend healthy eating and a good exercise regimen. I hope everyone found what they were looking for on the topic of waist trainers! Keep admiring your social media fitness stars, they are great! Just please do not compare yourself, many of them have great bodies to begin with. They can get away with things most of us can’t, please don’t end up injuring yourself trying to achieve what they have through the means of shortcuts. Have a wonderful weekend!
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