I have been asked a lot here lately about about waist trainers. I have spoken a ton on the topic of abdominal binding (immediately after birth), but some of you have asked what can be done in regards to binding your abdomen way down the road.
These new "things" get shoved into the media, receiving tons and tons of praise for helping women to "get their bodies back," but I want you to know more about this dirty little trend before you decide to invest in one.
First things first: postpartum girdles and waist trainers might have almost the same effect, but they are NOT the same things. You can read more about postpartum girdles and why you should wear one here.
Postpartum girdles are made to be worn immediately after giving birth. They gently wrap around the waist, by velcro or hooks, to apply pressure in order to shrink your uterus back down to its original size (sometimes, even smaller) to get rid of that after birth tummy pooch. I have used a postpartum girdle and I love them! They are gentle, yet effective, but sometimes are annoying since you are constantly wearing something around your stomach. I strapped mine off at the hospital right after delivery and woke up with a flat stomach!
Waist trainers are devices similar to corsets (used back in the 1800s) in which you literally have to suck in your tummy and pull the strings as tight as they can go in order to "reshape" your waist, muscles, and bone structure. They are uncomfortable, but also dangerous to your health. But mind you, there is no way to "train your waist" as your waist is no longer "growing." This also does not help with "fat-loss" as it likes to claim. Also, when you stop wearing the trainer, you will most likely return to the way that you were. Who really wants to wear a corset for the rest of their lives? Not me!
Ever since Kim Kardashian had revealed on Instagram that she "SWORE BY" waist trainers, people have been flocking to buy their own. Other celebrities soon followed suit such as Snookie, Amber Rose, Jessica Alba, and even Kardashian sister Khloe. Please know that these ladies are paid to promote-for all we know, they could put it on for a photo and take it right on off!
So, do they work? Temporarily, yes, they could. Think of it as if you place your thumb onto your thigh and hold it down hard for a minute or two, it leaves a dent, right? And then BOOM-its back to normal-this is how the waist trainers work. They offer false hopes for a smaller tummy and often lead to much discomfort. It's almost like the thought of using diet pills-that magic and easy, one-stop fix to losing weight without putting in any of the hard work that is required. Its just not gonna happen, ladies!
But, how are they danerous exactly? If the waist trainer it too tight (which most of them are) and worn for a long period of time, it can:
- restrict your mobility because you cannot bend your body.
- interferes with breathing by restricting your ability to take full, deep breaths.
- cause back acne from the tight apparatus and extra sweat.
- cause reflux because your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm
- weaken your core and back muscles from being in a constant, fixed state which also can cause poor posture which will make your tummy pooch out more!
- potentially crack, bruise, or harm your ribcage.
My honest opinion on waist training: Skip it and save your money! I got abs without the use of a waist trainer and so can you. It won't happen overnight, but it is possible! If your tummy is your specific area of issue, you are going to LOVE my Core & Ab Attack program that strengthens those deep core muscles from the inside out. If you still feel like giving waist training a try, please do so at your own risk!
The bottom line:
Waist trainers won’t have any lasting effect on waist size, shape, or appearance. They’ll make you look slimmer while you wear them, but you may have to put up with some discomfort—and maybe even some health risks—in return.
Instead, build and train your core with core power exercises for a lasting flat tummy or get on a daily fitness and clean eating regimine to help decrease your overall body fat for a better, lasting appearance.
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