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We won’t train our waists. And you also shouldn’t!

  • JWB Post
  •  May 5, 2015

 

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of selfies of celebrity women wearing small, painful-looking corsets in the gym accompanied by gushing captions about “waist training”. However, the idea of the waist-taming does not look encouraging. And here is why!A training corset is generally a corset used in body modification. A training corset may be used for orthopedic reasons (such as to correct a crooked spine) or for cosmetic reasons (to achieve a smaller waistline, commonly called waist training or in more extreme cases tightlacing.)

The backstory

Famous sisters Kim and Khloe have fueled plenty of interest in this trend, by posting Instagram photos of themselves in recent months wearing waist-training devices—essentially, bands of material that wrap tightly around the waist and lower rib cage to provide an instantly slimming, hourglass look.

Other models and celebs have touted the benefits of waist trainers, while actresses Brooke Burke-Charvet and Jessica Alba have credited similar products with helping them get back into shape after giving birth. (Alba says she wore an actual corset.)

Burke-Charvet even created her own line of waist wraps; one is designed for new moms and intended to reduce water retention and swelling of the uterus, “all while supporting that unwanted baggy baby skin.” Another product—a sport body wrap made of nylon and neoprene—is meant to be worn around the waist during exercise, with the intention of promoting “intense sweating.”

Here comes the danger

You don’t have to be an M.D. to realize that “training” your waist to shrink sounds suspiciously iffy. In fact, experts generally agree that there’s no way it can really work—and it might do real bodily harm. And once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage.

If a waist trainer is too tight—which many of them appear to be, if recent celeb photos are any indication—it could cause discomfort, interfere with breathing, or contribute to heartburn. Your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm, which could cause reflux. If you’re wearing one and you experience those symptoms, that’s a definite sign that you need to loosen it or take it off.

Wearing a waist-cinching device for a workout isn’t a good idea either, especially if it restricts your mobility or your ability to take full, deep breaths. It can really affect your ability to work hard/ Plus, it can give back acne from the tight apparatus and extra sweat.

Believers say that the tightness of the garment makes you sweat a lot, but it’s really not possible to perspire so much that you shave inches off her midsection in any permanent way.

For mommies, it is not very helpful either. And having some extra support around the waist shouldn’t be an excuse for new moms to push themselves too hard or too fast. The uterus is going to shrink when it feels like shrinking, and you can’t get rid of water weight with a corset —that’s simply not true.

 

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