Waist trainers have gained a whole lot of popularity as a “seemingly” awesome new way to lose weight and get the body figure of your dreams. If you go on Google and type ‘waist trainers’, you would get over 3 million results, showing different celebrities spotting waist trainers and endorsing their abilities. From Jessica Alba, who said waist trainers helped her get her figure back after childbirth, to the Kardashians, who have professed that they are obsessed with using waist trainers, the list is endless.
At this point, a very good question would be; what are waist trainers? Waist trainers are actually nothing new, in the 1500s -1800s era, women wore corsets to help cinch in their waistlines and get a smoother and slicker body shape. A waist trainer is just a glorified modern corset. In essence, waist training is the practice of wearing a constricting garment like a corset or shape wear to reduce your waistline.
Quite a number of research and articles have come up about waist trainers. With many celebrities hailing the product and recommending it while doctors and medical experts are warning against the usage. So, are there any benefits to using a waist trainer?
Yes, there are 1 or 2 benefits to be gained from using a waist trainer. Brad Thomas, M.D, an orthopaedic surgeon finds some merits in the use of waist trainers. According to him, one benefit of waist trainers is their ability to help an individual activate their abdominal core muscles and maintain good posture. He pointed out that, it’s not really the waist trainers that are giving you good posture or activating your core abdominal muscles, it’s simply serving as a reminder to you, to engage your muscles as you go about your daily activities and it helps you not to overeat. The fact is you can get these benefits by doing other healthy things that don’t have the disadvantages that waist trainers have.
What are the cons of using waist trainers?
Waist trainers can harm your organs. They can put added and unwanted pressure on your midsection limiting blood and oxygen flow to vital organs and this can prove dangerous in the long run. Doctor Thomas says that waist trainers actually push your organs upward. Some producers of waist trainers argue that this only occurs when you cinch your waist trainer too tightly, but, who knows what is tight enough to help it work?
Waist trainers limit the amount of oxygen you can take in. while putting pressure on your stomach, your entire internal network is forced to fit the shape of the clincher. This causes you to restrict your diaphragm, and by restricting your diaphragm, you restrict the air you can take in. This could lead to light-headedness, and even fainting.
Waist trainers can cause your abdominal muscles to atrophy. Waist training companies actually advise that you work out while wearing your waist trainers. This is because you need to keep the muscles you have working. The only problem here is that it’s really difficult to breathe with a waist trainer on; and how do you do sits up when you can’t breathe properly? If you wear waist trainers for a long time without working out, your core muscles might become inactive and atrophy. When this happens, experts say that you would lose your abdominal definition and become a pudgy mess.
Waist trainers can cause dehydration. Waist trainers heat up the core and cause you to sweat. Sweating does not mean you are losing fats, it only means that you are losing water weight, and this puts you at risk of getting dehydrated. Mild dehydration is not such a problem, but if you wear a waist trainer for a long time and you don’t hydrate properly, you would eventually become more and more dehydrated. This can lead to severe dehydration, which is a serious problem that can cause fatigue, fainting, headaches and in some cases, seizures.
They could make you numb. Waist trainers may not only affect your blood flow, experts say that they may affect your nerves too. This could cause you to experience needles and pins, as well as numbness in your legs.
Finally, and perhaps more damaging, is the psychological toll that waist trainers take on you.