Corsets have left the 19th century and are coming back thanks to actresses such as Jessica Alba saying they wear corsets to slim down, especially when it comes to baby weight. If you pay attention to social media it looks like everyone is jumping on the celeb-driven bandwagon.
But do they really work?
A corset may push your figure into a great shape when you’re wearing it but things expand back to normal as soon as you take it off. Even cosmetic surgeons find the idea that waist trainers could permanently adjust your shape hilarious. There’s no such thing as a quick fix.
A waist trainer is no different from a girdle. It looks great on but it doesn’t permanently change your figure. There really isn’t any evidence to suggest that these waist trainers really work. There’s no long-term results and most experts don’t even believe that “fat mobilisation” is a thing. It’s just not possible to make something disappear by compressing it.
Are Waist Trainers Safe?
People who wear waist trainers for too long have noticed they have breathing and abdominal problems. Putting a lot of pressure on the abdomen can also lead to problems like acid reflux, heartburn, and can even stop blood from flowing properly through the body to your organs.
There are additional problems caused by wearing a waist trainer while working out. They are incredibly uncomfortable and increase the amount you sweat which can lead to skin irritation. The worst part about waist trainers for exercise is that they impair your ability to breathe properly. Correct breathing is vital to exercising safely. If you can’t breathe properly you could pass out.
There are celebrities that definitely seem to have lost some weight while wearing waist trainers but experts believe there are other factors involved in this weight loss. These celebrities are most likely also exercising and dieting to get these results. It’s important to know what you’re actually testing when trying to prove or disprove something works.
Alternatives to Waist Training
While you might not have a magical shortcut to getting those curves you’ve been dreaming about there are natural solutions to the problem. You just have to be willing to do the work. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great choice if you don’t have enough time to stay on the treadmill.
It’s not really a shortcut to slimming down but it is a shorter workout at least. You still do a lot of work but it doesn’t take as much time. The best way to burn fat and lose weight is combining cardio exercise with resistance training.
Some women are afraid to do resistance/weight training because they’re worried that it will make them bulky but this is a total myth. Building muscle also means that you burn more fat without doing anything so it makes it much more effective than just cardio training.
Remember what people say; abs are made in the kitchen. The true key to losing weight and improving your physical shape is through proper nutrition. Eating a healthy diet and doing exercises that focus on the abs are the best way to get definition in your abs.
If you are going to buy a waist trainer then it’s best to wear it when you need to wear a form-fitting dress rather than all the time. It leaves you looking great when you need to and won’t put any real toll on your body. Even though it’s risky and it’s not proven it still looks like waist training will stay until the next trend comes along.