Chances are you’ve come across some images of celebrities lately that may have you looking twice. Images are being shared across all media platforms by so many celebrities that it really does make you wonder how effective this trend is. I’m talking about waist training.
This trendy practice involves wearing a corset-like device for hours at a time to compress your core, which will supposedly decrease the size of your waist permanently over time. The very word ‘training’ however is what I have an issue with. It’s almost saying that you can train your stomach to stay flat. You can’t! As soon as you take that corset off your belly will bounce back to it’s normal shape and size- whatever that may be.
As with all new and trendy fads, the Kardashians are always ready to jump on board. We’ve seen countless selfies of Kim, Khloe, Kylie and Kourtney all showing off how their waist trainers. Even Jessica Alba has admitted dot being a fan. She has said that after she gave birth to her kids she wore not one, but two corsets to help her waist get back into shape. I think that wearing some kind of belt support after pregnancy is a great idea to aid your muscles and strengthen your back. However to think that as an adult woman you can change the shape of your bones is quite a ridiculous notion.
“Wearing a corset won’t make you lose fat around your waist,” Holly Phillips, MD, a New York City-based internist, tells Yahoo Health. “What is a myth is that you can change your bone structure by wearing them. For [adult] women, your bones are formed. You can bruise them and harm them, but you can’t change them.”
“The corset itself doesn’t have any direct effect on your fat or anatomy,” adds Andrew Miller, MD, a New York City-based plastic surgeon. “If you stopped wearing a corset, eventually you’re just going to return to the way you were.”
You don’t have to be an doctor to realize that “training” your waist to shrink sounds suspicious. In fact, experts generally agree that there’s no way it can really work—and it might do real bodily harm. “Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. “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.”
The corsets may make you sweat, however it’s not enough to see a significant weight loss in the belly area. Unfortunately there are no quick fixes- the only solution for a trim stomach is to eat right and exercise often. The only thing a waist trainer will help you do is sit up straight and make your breasts look enormous!
Have you ever tried a waist trainer? Did it work for you?
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