Waist trainers in recent years have gained a lot of popularity. They have been said to give you an hourglass figure, but some people argue that they cannot actually permanently give you an hourglass figure or aid in long term weight loss. There are some apparent dangers, and some say they do more harm than good. But what if we told you it’s the waist trainer that matters?
Firstly, what is a Waist Training?
A waist trainer is also known as a waist cincher is an undergarment made with thick fabric and plastic or metal boning it is worn around the midsection and cinched up with hooks, velcro, or a lacing system. It’s designed to be worn more tightly than shaping underwear or girdle to give you a smaller, sleeker waist.
While they give instant results, “training” requires wearing the undergarment frequently over a while. Waist trainers (corsets) have been around since the 1500s. Originally they were meant to hide a woman’s shape – or most of it – between the breast and the hips. Around the 1800s, they developed to accentuate a woman’s shape, aiming for the favoured hourglass shape that demands curvy hips and a small waist. Corsets gradually fell out of fashion as manufacturers continued to reduce the size of already tiny waist corset size resulting in discomfort and other health concerns.
Supposed benefits of Waist Training
An Hourglass Body
Waist trainers give you an impressive instant transformation, and the assumption is that you can train your midsection to maintain that shape. However, a waist trainer won’t extremely change your body shape as noted by many doctors and aestheticians. Even if you have a body type that can temporarily morph into that shape, having a lasting effect is highly unlikely.
Using a waist trainer may help maintain a good posture while wearing it. Though wearing it too much may result in weakened core muscles, causing poor posture and back pain.
Waist trainers tend to make you feel full faster as they are designed to squeeze your stomach. This may cause you to eat less. Eating the right amount of nutritious food is important to stay healthy and get the minerals and vitamins you need. By reducing your food consumption, your diet may not be sufficient to stay healthy.
You might experience a little amount of weight loss but it’ll most likely not be from loss of fat but rather from loss of fluid through perspiration. And it’s only temporary. This is not a sustainable or healthy path to weight loss. Even makers and sellers of waist trainers suggest that a healthy diet and exercise should be part of your weight loss plan. While some waist trainer advocates might suggest you wear your trainer while working out, it’s not a nice idea, it can seriously restrict movement. Plus, muscles and tissues need oxygen, especially during workouts. Your waist trainer can make it hard to breathe in deeply, making it harder for you to continue your exercise.
Dangers of Waist Training
Digestive System Issues
Wearing a waist trainer not only squeezes fat and skin but also compresses your insides. Parts of your digestive system, including your intestines, stomach, and oesophagus can be affected. You could suffer a bad case of heartburn as the pressure can push acid back into your oesophagus from your stomach. If you have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) using a waist trainer may worsen issues.
Wearing a waist trainer can reduce your lung capacity by an estimated 30% to 60%. It can drain your energy and cause discomfort. Lace it too tight and you might even pass out. It can even cause fluids to build up in the lungs or lead to inflammation. Using a waist trainer for weeks on ends can obstruct your lymphatic system, which removes toxins and waste products from your system through a normal range of motion and deep breathing.
Damage to Internal Organs
Your midsection houses a lot of vital organs including your lungs, liver and kidneys. Fitting them into a waist trainer can force them into unnatural positions as they try to adapt to the limited space. This can change how organs function and affect blood flow. Over time, waist training can lead to permanent organ damage, disfigure your body, or even rib fractures.
When is it safe to use a Waist Trainer?
Wearing a traditional corset as part of a costume isn’t harmful, as long as you don’t cinch it too tight. You can also wear a waist trainer under a special outfit once in a while like you would a body shaper or girdle. If it’s not too restrictive, you should be fine. If you feel light-headed or short of breath, loosen the waist trainer or take it off as soon as possible. Also, it is super important to note that the kind and quality of waist trainers make a difference.
The ones we sell over here at Superwaisted are made with sturdy yet breathable and comfortable material. We guide you on how to use the waist trainer safely and responsibly; after all, your health is the most important thing here.
Waist trainers can even cause health problems when cinched too tightly or overused.
The safest and most effective way to lose and maintain a healthy weight is through regular exercise and a balanced diet. Wearing a waist trainer during workouts or underdresses probably won’t cause any problems, so long as you don’t lace it too tight. Speak with your doctor or health practitioner about the effectiveness and safety of waist trainers if you have any doubts.