We’ve all been on Instagram, scrolling/trolling and see waist trainers on pretty much every single Kardashian (except the model) and fitness guru/celebrity. I must say, it did peak my curiosity. What are they meant to do? Can I really lose weight by wearing this? Is is healthy? It is permanent? What are the risks? How could I possibly eat while wearing this contraption?
I recently got sent one to try. And let me tell you after a few days of wearing it to work, around the house and to the gym- it’s a challenge. I’m constantly aware that I’m wearing it, but I am getting used to the sensation the more I wear it. I’m also getting much quicker at putting it on…first time took about 10 min, now I’m down to 3!
I did some extensive research on this topic since it’s all over popular media these days. And the opinions are all over the place. I’m normally not one to follow fads when it comes to my health. Wether it’s a diet, a workout regime or some other unrealistic way of living that promotes supplements you don’t need combined with a way of living that is not sustainable. I also already have the hourglass shape that these promote to help you achieve (thanks mom and dad). What I found out is swaying on the side of – don’t wear it for prolonged periods of time. Most MD’s agree that it poses a risk in compressing your organs as well as lung and gastrointestinal issues, as well as deforming your bones- but that is really if you wear it constantly.
However I do think it had a positive effect on my body and that is helping with my posture. That’s been a recent initiative I’ve made in my life- to really focus on having good posture. It’s also made me hyper aware of my portions…for obvious reasons, and let me tell you: when you peel this thing off at the end of the day a river of sweat comes off with it.
The main thing that everyone can agree on is that it is helpful for new moms after having a baby. Post-partum waist trainers are apparently often recommended for women who’ve just had a C-section as a way to help ease the pain during recovery. That part- I can’t test- but read the reviews and decide for yourselves.
My biggest issue: I thought we moved on from the days of wearing corsets ladies?!! Nothing beats eating your fruits and veggies and hitting the gym regularly.
I might keep trying it here and there, especially if I am going out and want a little help. It does do wonders for temporary results. But this is not an everyday thing- that’s for sure.
Waist Trainer: ℅ Vedette