Most women are obsessed about having a cinched waist and that’s why waist trainers are so popular at the moment.
Having an hourglass figure, equipped with ample breasts, a cinched waist and a voluptuous butt, is a hot commodity in today’s society. Why? Because society has glorified this body shape.
From curvaceous celebs such as Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian to the models we see on social media and reality TV, the hourglass shape is idolized.
This craze to get a snatched waist has led to a waist training craze among women; from wearing waist trainers every day to even when they are at the gym exercising.
But with all this craze, do waist trainers really work?
In actual sense, waist trainers do work. They help fasten weight loss because you eat less while wearing the trainer. This is simply because your stomach is compressed.
Also, you might temporarily lose a small amount of weight wearing a waist trainer, but it will likely be due to loss of fluids through perspiration rather than loss of fat.
However, even though they work, waist trainers have some health risks.
Wearing a waist trainer daily can have dire consequences on your breathing. This is because they can reduce your lung capacity by 30 to 60 per cent. It can be so uncomfortable and if cinched in too tight, you can even pass out.
Doctors even say that waist trainers can lead to inflammation or a buildup of fluid in the lungs.
Bad cases of heartburn
Because waist trainers are wrapped around the waist, parts of your digestive system, including the oesophagus, stomach, and intestines, can be affected.
This pressure can force acid from your stomach back up into your oesophagus and give you a bad case of heartburn.
Do you know why waist trainers work? Because they rearrange and force internal organs like the liver and kidneys into unnatural positions.
Overcrowding your organs can affect blood flow and change how organs function. Over time, this can lead to permanent organ damage, reduced muscle strength, and even rib fractures.
So, when is it safe to wear a waist trainer?
Bottom line is, wearing a waist trainer now and then probably won’t cause any problems, provided it’s not too tight.
Just remember that the healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is through a balanced diet and regular exercise.