Do Waist Trainers Really Work?

A waist trainer is just the new word for corset. The only difference between an old school corset and waist trainer is that the corsets were stiff, had bone or metal supports, and were laced up. A waist trainer closes with little hooks or Velcro and is made of latex, a type of rubber that causes you to sweat.

People call them waist trainers, which is odd since nothing is being trained. Waist trainers basically just push your fat around. If you squeeze a tube of toothpaste in the middle and keep the lid on, the toothpaste won’t actually leave the tube, it will just get squished elsewhere.

The claims made by waist-trainer manufacturers about shrinking the size of your waist are ridiculous and ineffective for fat loss. In addition, doctors warn that waist trainers can cause serious long term damage to your organs and spine.

Today, almost everyone, especially, bikini, and physique competitors, are relying on them to help slim their waist.

Here’s The Truth About Waist Trainers:

Myth #1. Waist trainers make you lose weight.

Truth: The only weight you’ll lose from wearing a waist trainer is water weight (from sweating) rehydrate and it’ll all come back.

Myth #2. Waist trainers make you eat less

Truth: Some say they eat less because their stomach is being squished, but eating less doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in a calorie deficit. When you take off your waist trainer, you might end up eating more to make up for the calories you missed earlier.

Myth #3. Waist trainers are harmless

Truth: Rashes and dehydration can result from wearing a waist trainer. Some even get bacterial infections from the sweat being trapped against the skin for long periods of time.

People who wear waist trainers also notice more acid reflux because of pressure on the abdomen which pushes stomach acid into areas where it shouldn’t be.

Ironically, while these trainers are intended to make the waist smaller, they can actually decrease core strength and atrophy your abdominal muscles. You can relax your stomach and get sloppy because the belt is doing the work of holding everything in.

Myth #4. They make your waist smaller

Truth: Wrapping a bandage around your finger will leave you with an indentation when you take it off, but it’s not permanent. Same goes for the waist trainer, it’s just temporary. Unless of course, it’s deforming the structure of your bones and organs.

The Scary Truth

Waist trainers can cause excessive pressure on organs like the bladder, causing women to leak involuntarily or pass out because they can’t get enough air in their lunges.

Spines have been damaged from prolonged use by the pressure of the waist trainer to the bones, ligaments and nerves.

The biggest cause for concern is what happens to your organs when they’re squashed for prolonged periods of time. The diaphragm, colon, liver, stomach, and intestines which can all be shifted around inside the body and can alter the way you function. The negative side effects can be long term, permanent, or even deadly.

People stopped wearing corsets because a French doctor, Ludovic O’Followell, published a paper titled Le Corset, exposing the dangers of too-tight corsets. While X-ray technology was in its infancy, he was able to show photos of squashed ribcages and displaced organs.

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.

If you want tighter abs, do core exercises like this 10 minute core workout, and if you want to get leaner, the only way to do that is through diet, exercise, heavy lifting, and patience.

Always remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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