Many women dream of having the perfect hourglass figure, but dieting and exercise are hard work and doesn’t always give them the desired body they crave. Enter the latest trend – waist training, which is sometimes called corset training.
It’s a fad that many women are flocking to, including top celebrities like Kim Kardashian, but what exactly is this waist crushing trend?
What is Waist Training?
Waist training is when a woman wears a special restrictive corset-like device to make her waist into a desired smaller size. It is like the concept of what women of the 19th century did to make their waists smaller. These constricting garments can be made of latex or leather and some have steel boned sides to hold the waist in quite firmly.
Women who weight train wear the corset-like device for several hours a day to force their waists to be constricted and conform to a smaller size, so they can get the hourglass figure they crave. The latex material of a waist trainer causes the wearer’s body to go into thermogenesis, a process where the body heats up and thereby burns more calories, clears toxins and burns fat by causing them to sweat more.
Waist Training is Not Instantaneous
Waist training is also something that takes a lot of time to accomplish. A woman wearing one doesn’t just don one of these waist trainers and instantly she has a tiny and sexy figure. These garments are in truth a device to squeeze the middle portion of a woman’s body so that it holds in any excess fat and flesh and makes it look curvy and much smaller.
However, to accomplish that task, the waist trainer must be worn as much as 18 hours every day, no matter if the woman is just doing everyday things like sitting or working, or if she is working out at a gym. Some women even wear them 24 hours a day, including while they are sleeping.
Benefits/Advantages of Waist Trainers
Enthusiasts of weight training tout how simple it is to do, and how it not only reshapes the body, but it makes you less hungry since it squishes the stomach to a smaller size, so you also eat fewer calories. They also believe these corset cinchers help to improve a person’s posture since they hold the body stiffly and make you thereby stand up straighter while wearing one.
The main draw to the waist trainer is the wearer gets instant satisfaction at least to a small degree, as the first time one is worn the woman can fit into a smaller outfit, but this advantage ends as soon as she takes it off.
Plus, they aren’t that noticeable when worn under clothes, so a woman can get the compliments with no one being the wiser. Many women say it makes them have better self-esteem because it makes them feel sexier too.
There are also women who wear a waist trainer for stomach support after they have a baby, as famous celebrity Kim Kardashian has done. The waist cincher helps to squeeze the abdomen and uterus and help it shrink back down to pre-baby size. Plus, it helps women who suffer from diastasis recti, where their stomach muscles have separated, by holding them in place until they get back to normal. However, it is still a good idea to ask your doctor before wearing one after a pregnancy.
Cons/Disadvantages of Waist Training
With all those alleged benefits and advantages, you would think women would be flocking to buy these miracle waist trainers, but in reality, there are a few cons and disadvantages to trying out this new waist shrinking trend.
In fact, some believe that waist trainers are dangerous to the health and that they can even damage your internal organs. Some critics also say that the constant wearing of these corset-like devices can cause a woman’s core strength to get worse, not better since the device is holding her body in instead of her own muscles. They can also cause the wearer’s bones to be reshaped into an undesired form due to the constant pushing and squeezing.
Pain, Breathing Problems and More Could Occur in Wearers
Some of the main cons include the fact that the waist trainer is uncomfortable, makes the wearer feel hot and sweaty, restricts the breathing, restricts the colon and intestines thereby causing constipation and/or heartburn, cause chronic pain in the ribs, muscles and other areas of the upper body, and most of all, it restricts blood flow to and from a person’s heart and can cause them to lose consciousness and faint.
Plus, as soon as the woman takes off the waist training device, her body shape will revert back to whatever it was prior to putting it on. The only way to keep the desired hourglass figure is to never take it off, and doctors say that can be very dangerous. Plus, most women won’t be able to just don the waist trainer and forget about it, they will have to add in some type of exercise to get the best results. This means doing at least around a half hour of exercise daily.
Kim Kardashian Waist Training Adventures
One of the celebrities that has been credited with promoting the waist training craze is Kim Kardashian and her sister, Khloe. Kim is famous for both her large butt and tiny waist, which she says comes from doing waist training. She has posted countless photos on social media and says she once wore one of the corset devices for six weeks straight and that it helped her lose weight and get her famous curvy shape.
Ever since the Kardashian sisters started wearing the waist trainers, their popularity rose big time, and sales started to go through the roof for the companies that make them. Not many people had even heard of these devices or knew what they were before Kim started posting her pictures on Instagram.
Now, she and Khloe even sell and market waist training devices and so it is hard to know how much of it is hype and how much of it is marketing of their products. But it is true that both of these women have sexy and curvy bodies, so women are flocking to copy their success.
Where to Buy a Waist Trainer?
It is not hard to find a place to buy a waist trainer. All you have to do is put “waist training” into a search box on Google or some other search engine and you will get results showing dozens of stores online and offline that make them.
Types of Waist Trainers
There is more than one type of waist trainers: waist cinchers and corsets. The waist cincher is a more modern version of the old-fashioned corset. A waist cincher allows a bit more flexibility and movement, and the woman can go about her daily life and doing chores, exercise, etc. easier. This is due to the fact it has flexible boning made of plastic instead of the harder steel type.
Waist training corsets, on the other hand, are very similar to the old-fashioned corsets of the 19th century. The main difference is the boning because it is made of steel. This puts harder pressure on the wearer to the point where some women switch back and forth between the two types of waist trainers.
How to Pick a Waist Trainer
In order to get the right kind and size of waist trainer, you must measure your waist about two and a half inches up from your stomach. No matter what, it will still feel too small at first since your body won’t be used to wearing it. It has to be tight enough to squeeze in the waist but not so tight it makes it impossible to breathe, etc.
How to Start Waist Training?
So, after deciding to try waist training, measuring your body to get the right size and finding a few places to buy one, how do you actually get started doing it?
Well, one thing for certain is that you must have strong abs or the waist trainer could crush your internal organs and cause health issues, according to some doctors. So, that means doing some type of abs routine regularly before and after starting to wear one so as to protect yourself.
In the beginning, you should only wear the waist trainer a couple hours a day to let your body get used to the constriction. Plus, you may end up with bladder issues and have to pee more often since it is squeezing your internal organs, as well as hunger issues since you can’t eat large meals while wearing it.
The bottom line is that deciding to wear a waist trainer is a personal decision. It has its pros and cons and likely the person who decides to wear it would be someone who has the determination and dedication to be in it for the long haul. Will this trend last? Only time will tell.