Here are things you need to know
Women have been cinching their waists for centuries. The corsets on the market today have basically the same functioning principles as those worn 100 years ago. However, a recent spike in popularity could be attributed to celebrities like the Kardashians posting selfies of themselves working out in the gym with waist trainers.
Proponents of waist trainers claim it helps them shrink their waistline, have better posture, eat less, and enhance the effects of the waist trainer during their workouts — even if it does makes breathing difficult.
But do they really work?
According to a New York City Nutritionist, Brittany Kohn, “The corset physically restricts your stomach, and that can make it impossible to overeat.
“Cinching your waist also redistributes fat from your middle, so you look slimmer.” And since it’s so tight, you’ll sweat like crazy, and that can make you feel lighter. But once the corset comes off, your body will quickly return to its usual weight and shape”.
Also, a 2010 study that looked into this actually found that most people who tried to lose weight while wearing a corset just ended up taking off the corset because it was so uncomfortable.
There is one actual potential plus: If you have a higher body weight, a waist trainer might give you temporary core support you may need to boost your mobility and flexibility.
If you’re considering using a waist trainer for extensive periods of time, it’s important you have all the facts and make sure you’re not causing more harm than good to your body.
Take a look at these 4 waist trainer tips that you need to know!
Tip #1: Choose the right size & style!
A too small corset won’t give you results more quickly and can even make you look bulkier. If you’re unsure about the fit of your Orchard Corset, try a corset sizing tool or send a message to a team of corset professionals and they will be happy to do a fit assessment with you!
Tip #2: Play with your wardrobe!
You’ll notice that some silhouettes flatter a corseted waist better than others, professionals highly encourage you to lace up and play dress up to find the shape that makes you feel your most awesome.
Tip #3: Small tweaks can go a long way!
Try smoothing out the lower belly pooch. This trick is great for so many figures: whether you have loose skin from weight loss or childbirth, if you have a low hanging tummy that wants to escape down and out of your corset or even if you’ve just trained down so far that your soft tissue is displacing in a way that you don’t like. Readjusting your soft tissue to come up into the corset rather than down and out will help you to create a smooth silhouette from any angle.
Tip #4: It doesn’t get rid of body fat in the long run
The problem is that waist training only makes you look slimmer while you are wearing the corset. Once you take it off, your body will soon revert back to its normal shape.
This is because wearing a corset will have no effect on the amount of body fat that you have. In order to get long-term results from waist training, you would need to wear the corset all the time.
Our waists come with a glorious preset shape — and wearing a wrap or corset won’t change it without also causing significant damage. Additionally, waist trainers don’t actually work for weight loss or permanently change your shape to give you more curves.
While it’s fine to wear one for a few hours as part of a costume, wearing one on the regular could be unsafe. We say embrace your waist and shape just as they are, and if you want to lose weight, stick to good diet and exercise.