Waist trainers are the craze for many women who want to have the hourglass shape without sweating it out or dieting. From the results seen online, it gives the desired shape but what else are women sacrificing that tehy are unaware of?
Today’s waist trainers are similar to corsets that women wore over a hundred years ago. Women wore these corsets under their dresses to make their waistlines look smaller. These waist trainers are usually made of thick, sturdy fabric. Some offer metal boning that provides support around your torso. Waist trainers wrap around your torso and fasten using a lacing system, hook-and-eye clasps, or sticky fasteners. The stiff boning runs vertically to keep the fabric of the waist trainer from bunching up where your waist gets smaller.
The idea behind a waist trainer is to gradually build up to wearing it for longer periods of time each day. As you wear it longer, it moulds your waist and hips to form a more well-defined hourglass figure. Claims by companies and retailers selling these products say they can trim inches off your waist and help you lose weight in the process.
Supposed benefits of waist trainers;
There are claims that waist trainers can provide a range of benefits to those wanting a sleeker body shape. These include:
The main supposed benefit of a waist trainer is that wearing it is a fast and easy way to get an hourglass figure. While the waist trainer may give that impression when a person wears it, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), the garment will not drastically change a person’s body shape. After a person has removed the waist trainer, it is unlikely to have a lasting effect.
Any weight loss from wearing a waist trainer is more likely to be due to increased sweating than to any loss of body fat. While wearing a waist trainer, a person may feel as though they have a decreased appetite. However, this change is due to the garment squeezing the stomach. It is important to follow a healthful diet and eat the right amount of nutritious food.
Wearing a waist trainer may temporarily help with improving posture. However, if a person wears it too much, it may instead weaken the core muscles and result in back pain and poor posture.
Waist trainers may provide support to women whose abdominal muscles have stretched or thinned following pregnancy. The extra support may help reduce pain and discomfort. The International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, reveals that women who wore a waist support garment after a caesarean delivery experienced less pain and bleeding than those who did not wear one.
Risks of Waist Trainers
While waist trainers do keep your core tight and compressed, they lessen your core strength over time. This is because waist trainers do the work of maintaining your posture for you. You may experience pain and discomfort after wearing a waist trainer for an extended length of time because your core has to adjust to doing more work.
Wearing a waist trainer may also damage your internal organs by forcing them into unnatural positions. If your organs are under the pressure of a waist trainer for too long, they may not work as well as they should. This can lead to long-term damage. Instead of using a waist trainer, try exercise routines that focus on your core muscles. When you consistently strength-train and engage your core and back muscles, you can achieve a smaller waist with fewer health risks.
Using a waist trainer cuts your lung capacity by 30-60 per cent. If you use a waist trainer during a workout, this is dangerous. A lack of oxygen may lower your energy and cause inflammation that lasts after you take the device off.
Weakened pelvic floor:
After giving birth, your pelvic floor muscles and the surrounding organs need time to heal. If you wear a waist trainer while healing, it can make matters worse instead of better. That’s because the trainer will put additional pressure on your pelvic floor. While this damage isn’t always visible, it can lead to incontinence or prolapse.
Tight clothing, including waist trainers, may cause nerve damage. In particular, waist trainers may compress the nerve that runs down from the groin. This can cause something called meralgia Paresthetica — burning, tingling, and numbness in the outer thigh. Meralgia Paresthetica has been associated with wearing a corset since the early 1900s. While taking off the waist trainer is usually enough to relieve symptoms, severe cases may require medication or even surgery.
At best, the risks far outweigh the benefit. It costs you money without providing the long-term results you may want. The temporary results don’t justify the investment.
Talk to your doctor before you try a waist trainer. They can talk to you about your health concerns and help you make the best decision for your needs.
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