The ‘Waist-Training’ Controversy: Unleashing the Truth

The female mind is a force to reckon with.

It’s stubborn, yet influenced by countless trends and individuals. The need to belong coupled with the desire to be beautiful is what makes women every business’ dream. Companies are aware of the challenges and insecurities women face as they compete with each other, which is why they’re experts at launching products that feed on self-doubt.

Today, the so-called ‘waist-trainer’ is one of the products companies are using to address women’s desire for curves and a slimmer mid-section. By enlisting widely-known celebrities that reflect an ‘ideal’ curvalicious figure to endorse their products, like the Kardashians, companies are making millions off a product that does more harm than good.

If you’re not familiar with what a ‘waist-trainer’ is, it’s basically a modern-day Victorian corset used to reduce a women’s WHR (waist-to-hip ration) and target weight-loss.

Through extensive advertising, companies have constructed a narrative where people who use waist-trainers can easily look like their favorite celebrity and attain their attractive hourglass figure. The idea that you don’t need to exercise or eat healthy to be curvy in the right places sounds too good to be true. Doesn’t it?

Yes. It does.

The most basic way to describe a waist-trainer’s true effect is to think of it like a rubber band around your finger.

“If I were to take a rubber band and wrap it around my finger tightly and leave it there for an hour, I’m going to have this indentation in my soft tissue, but it’s not going to be permanent. An hour later, my finger is going to look normal again.” – Dr. Paul Jeffords

In other words, a waist-trainer might give you short-term results while you’re wearing it, but it won’t have any lasting effects. For long-term results, you’ll have to keep wearing the uncomfortable corset, which can harm your internal organs and blood flow.

Let me start off by saying that your body was never meant to look like an hourglass. Back in the 1800’s, Victorian women knew that, which is why they wore corsets. I understand the beauty behind the idea of having a small waist, but more often than not, it’s not your body’s natural shape.

What are some of the dangers of wearing a waist-trainer?

A waist-trainer is a tool that squeezes your abdominal area, thereby increasing the pressure on your internal organs.

Women who’ve worn the product have experienced shortness of breath since the amount of air they’re able to breathe is reduced by 29%.  Also, the increase on the intra-abdominal pressure causes a person’s heart rate to decrease to counteract the effect, thereby decreasing the amount of blood flow to your fingertips. Furthermore, continuous use can alter the position of the organs and the rib-cage, thus worsening heart burn and digestion.

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Infographic by Instyle.co.uk

“I don’t care about the effects. I just use it to lose weight.”

My friend, sorry to break it to you… but there’s no scientific evidence that supports the idea that by ONLY wearing a waist-trainer, you’ll lose weight.

Can wearing the item help to motivate you? In some cases, yes. It can. However, if you don’t eat healthy and exercise, you won’t get the results you’re looking for. I hate to bust your bubble but there’s no magic pill that can give you the body you’re looking for.

Okay, but if I need additional help to lose weight, can I still wear the waist-trainer short-term?

I can’t tell you with 100% certainty that you should keep wearing it. However, some scientist agree that limited short-term usage is fine. In my personal opinion, I’d advise that you look at other products that aren’t as aggressive to your body. After all, a waist-trainer’s purpose is to force your body into a shape rather than gently shaping it.

There’s this line called ‘CorePression’ used to shape the women’s silhouette that I recommend. It looks like a tank top that’s designed with the latest technology to gently apply sufficient pressure to your abdominal area to sculpt your curves. Unlike the waist trainer, it’s not restrictive or uncomfortable. I’ve worn it for years when I’m out dancing or at the gym. Personally, I love it. If you’d like to read more about it, click here.

So, what should I do to get the curves that I want?

Honestly, I can only advice you to exercise and target the areas that you want to work on. Some people have more of an issue with getting rid of love-handles than others. It’s not a cut-and-dry dilemma.

Eat healthy, exercise and have patience.

Don’t believe what advertisers feed you. Trust me, all that money that you’re spending on diet pills and weight-loss aids could be put to better use.

If you have any additional questions…

Feel free to let me know! I’m not an expert, but I can definitely help you search for the answers you’re looking for. Whether you need workout routines or advice, I’m here!

Love always,

Manuela


Resources:

Faries, M. D. (2015, April 13). Waist Training: Squeezing Out the Truth. Retrieved April 1, 2017, from http://www.fitnesspudding.com/entry/2-products/54-waist-training-squeezing-out-the-truth.html

Ross, K. (2015, November 5). Waist trainers strangle organs, doctors warn. Retrieved April 1, 2017, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/05/waist-whittlers-dangers/75225022/

Sheardown, M. T., & De Palkowska, M. (1900). U.S. Patent No. 651,955. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

 

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