Waist Training: Is It Worth It?

I think it is fair to state that the Kardashians are who truly got the trend of waist training to become acknowledgeable in society. Prior to them advocating its benefits and effectiveness, the only waist training I was familiar with were the corsets women wore centuries ago.

Waist training, in my opinion, is such an intriguing method to slim your figure because it fails to require any additional effort in order for it to perform effectively. From what I understand, you wear the waist trainer, and it is supposedly guaranteed to trim inches from your waist without having to diet or exercise.

Seems like a pretty convenient deal, right?

I wanted to know more about waist training, so I took it upon myself to do some research on the topic, specifically the cons this trend can lead to. I came across an article on marieclaire.com that discusses the detriments that a waist trainer can have upon a user’s health, and such detriments are far from pleasant or appealing.

The idea of a waist trainer is that it is intended to cinch, or in other words, compress your abdomen in order to give the illusion of a smaller waist. Wearing a waist trainer is not only uncomfortable, but it can lead to much bigger issues, considering the device compresses your lungs and ribs while it is on your body. Pressure on a persons’ lungs and ribs makes it difficult to breathe properly because airflow through the body in constricted, meaning you can actually faint if you keep the contraption on for too long. Furthermore, wearing the device for longer than necessary can actually lead to squashed organs, fractured or broken ribs, and potentially even collapsed lungs.

The article on marieclaire.com by Kenny Thapoung goes on to discuss how the waist trainer has been deemed as ineffective by experts. He explains this claim by bringing attention to the fact that the compression of fat in one area of the body is temporary, meaning when you take the waist trainer off, fat cells travel back to their original location in the body.

In short, despite the waist trainer seeming like an easy way to shed a couple of inches, it is likely safer to exercise and diet instead. Running may suck, but it beats destroying your organs.

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