Waist training has been on my radar for awhile now, everyone is doing it and while that might be a great reason to jump on to the bandwagon, it just isnt enough. There are many websites out there that will share the value of waist training, telling you that it will flatten your tummy and improve your posture, even suggesting that you will lose fat.
There are other websites that will tell you, there is no real research that says you can loose body fat from wearing a corset, that you can run the risk of damaging your organs, and that you are just moving fat around with no real loss.
People who have tried it, swear by it, they say it really works and have been reporting their results on social media giving age old practice more credibility than it is probably not justified to get.
What is waist training?
Waist training has been around since the early 1800’s typically a woman would wear a corset to make her waist line appear smaller.
Now a days the corsets are much better than the body shapers that we all used to wear while on a treadmill and when worn for a couple hours a day with changes in diet and exercise it should “radically reduce the waist” and help you to eat less.
Why you should be skeptical
The medical community, isn’t so sure about it:
“There’s misinformation that body shape and body weight can be easily changeable to society’s standards,” says Leslie Heinberg, MD, Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Bariatric (weight loss) and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “But we come in all different shapes and sizes and some of us aren’t meant to have a tiny waist.”
“All you’re doing is compressing your stomach and pushing the fat around instead of getting rid of it. It’s a very temporary thing,” he says. “Would you be able to obtain fat loss after taking it off? I doubt it.”
Nicole Florence, MD, Co-Director of Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center at Memorial Medical Center, expands on the extremities of the new diet fad.
“Corset training can restrict any type of movement in your midsection,” she describes. “It can restrict your lungs, which can cause lung infections and other lung problems, as well as restrict your bowels, which can cause constipation. It can also cause bruising and rib pain.” – Ebony
I definitely concur with what the doctors are saying, just waist training will not work, but what if you are changing your lifestyle and reducing weight over all? Will waist training work then?
I believe the doctors address the value of traditional weight loss methods but they do not mention the value of waist training along with a change in diet and exercise. Does that matter? And if there are risks to the organs in your body, is it worth it? In my view it isn’t, I would much rather have a liver than a small waist.
Can you still achieve your goals without waist training
Absolutely! That is basically what the medical community recommends, if you still want to wear a corset, we would suggest not doing it by itself without any significant lifestyle changes. If you just want to get snatched for a party or something special, then we don’t see the harm in that.
Do you waist train?