Recently, all kinds of celebrities including the Kardashians, Snookie, and Lily James, have popularized waist training. They will post endless pictures wearing their waist trainers at the gym, and then later that night they sport their hourglass figure. How much of this is real and how much is photoshop? What are the waist trainer results that we don't see?
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A Little History
Waist training actually started in the mid-1600's, but at that time waist trainers were called corsets. Corsets had commonly been used for posture and figure, but it wasn't until the late 1800's that it was suggested that corsets could aid in weight loss. A German physician designed a new wool corset for active women that he claimed helped him with his several health issues, including his indigestion and excess weight. Corsets were popular until about the 1920's when the production of corsets was stopped to save metal and material for World War I. The decrease in corset sales freed up 28,000 tons of metal, which was enough to make two battleships. Now corsets have come back into popularity because the hourglass figure is again in fashion.
Waist Trainers Today
Waist trainers have hundreds of years of evolution under their belt (no pun intended) and are good at what they are designed to do. Even after a week of wearing a waist trainer, some people may see visible and measurable results, though these are not necessarily permanent. Waist trainers weren't just made to slim the waist, but also to help with posture. Posture is another reason that corsets have come back into popularity. This generation, overall, has very poor posture due to extensive use of technology.
There are also waist trainers designed for men. These male waist trainers are designed to shrink the hips, help shed extra weight, and help with posture, and help shed extra weight. Most men's waist trainers are designed to help with posture and increase core temperature during a workout. Unisex waist trainers have also risen in popularity. They are made to be long and wide to work for all body types, especially those with long torsos.
Waist Trainer Results and Repercussions
Many waist trainers promise results like a slimmer waist and an hourglass figure. The truth is, waist trainers can give you the illusion of these results, but they are not achieved in a healthy or permanent way. Waist trainers help you reduce the number on the scale, but all your seeing is your own dehydration. Due to the fact that waist trainers are clenched so tightly around your waist, they first repress your appetite, so you eat less. Waist trainer results are also achieved because they compress your lungs, which causes your heart to beat faster, and you to sweat. Waist trainers also promise an hourglass figure. Due to the tightness of the garment, if can actually reduce your waist size when worn consistently over an extended period of time. Of course, this puts you at serious risk of fractured ribs, crushed lungs, and or punctured organs. Short term use of the waist trainer does not have permanent results. Though Waist trainers have promising results, they are not a substitute for exercising or eating healthy.
So, if you are looking into getting a waist trainer, consider what results you want to see. If you want a tinier waist and are willing to wear a waist trainer all day every day for years and accept any and all medical detriments, then go for it. If you are looking for a tool to help your posture, a waist trainer can be helpful. Proceed through your health journey with all aspects of waist training in mind.