‘Do Waist Trainers Work? The Real Benefits Of Waist Training For Hourglass’ – Monica May
Waist trainers are so popular.
I feel like they are becoming more and more popular each day, and that more and more women are using waist training for hourglass body shape.
But the real question is, do waist trainers work?
Can you really get hourglass body shape and lower your waist size just by using waist training corset?
Social media is just loaded with photos of celebs wearing these waist corsets, including the Kardashians family, that are known for their hourglass body figures.
And when it comes to them, we all know it’s all genetics, but why are they so obsessed with wearing these waist trainers then?
Can they improve my body shape?
Before jumping into waist training, it would be nice if we find out a bit more of the real waist trainer benefits, what are the pros and cons, plus an honest review of whether waist trainers work, or not.
Well, girls, that’s why I’m here for.
I ordered a waist training corset right away and started trying it out.
Let’s get started right away!
PS: If you want to find out more about can we really beat genetics and get hourglass shape, check out >>> Can You Get Bigger Hips & Small Waist? The Truth About Getting Hourglass Body Shape
What’s actually a waist training corset?
And Do Waist Trainers Work?
Waist training involves wearing a latex garment or a tight corset (aka waist cinchers) in order to slim down or reshape your waist.
Similar to shape-wear, the garment is designed to scale down your midsection while it warms it, sweats it of and contouring it.
In other words, it’s usually used to give women an hourglass figure, creating a very small waist while maintaining the curves of the hips.
Most brands that sell waist trainers recommend that the twist with waist training is that, you look like you have an “instantly slimmer figure”, while you’re working to create one as well.
They suggest starting out wearing them for two to three hours per day, and progressing to eight to 10 hours per day, six days a week, in order to gradually reshape the anatomy of the abdominal area.
They also recommend wearing waist trainers during your exercising sessions, in order to promote weight loss while shaping the midsection.
Now, it all sounds easy, fun and games, but the real question is:
Do waist trainers actually work, and can it help you lose weight?
Is it really that simple to get smaller waist and bigger hips?
I tried wearing a waist trainer for a month and came down to pretty interesting conclusions myself.
Let’s dive into the pros and cons of waist training.
***P R O S***
The Benefits Of Waist Training For Hourglass
Improves Your Posture
The first thing I noticed while wearing the waist training corset, was that my back was straight all the time.
And it’s a fact that wearing a corset helps you to maintain good posture while sitting or standing.
The steel boning in the corset is rigid and doesn’t allow for slouching, so while wearing it, it definitely improves your posture.
Keeps Your Core Warm
Waist trainers usually have thermo-technology, that boosts up perspiration.
This means your core will be warmer while you’re wearing your waist trainer.
This is something I realized the very first day trying out my waist training corset – I wasn’t even active, and my core area was significantly warmer.
Many women appreciate this since it helps them keep warm in the cold days.
Makes Your Waist Look Slimmer
Yes, while wearing it, you’re going to look AMAZING!
When you put on your waist training corset and see the waistline change, you’ll never want to take it off.
Waist trainers shrink in the waistline and accentuate the curves of the bustline and hips so it perfectly promotes the hourglass look of a slimmer waist while actually doing the job at the same time.
Especially if you’re wearing it under your clothes – it’s less visible than the usual corsets, and you’ll look amazing for any occasion.
Makes You Sweat
As I mentioned before, the waist trainers have thermal technology, that actually promotes extra sweating while exercising.
It depends on the corset you’re using, but this can triple the sweating, helping you reduce water weight.
The one I was using has thermal pockets, and it works amazingly well in making you sweat in the core section, even if you’re out for a walk. (Not to mention exercising with it).
I love what it does, especially when I’m doing cardio exercises.
Promotes Weight Loss
Since it’s warming down the core, and making sure you sweat a bit more than usual, I believe we can say it promotes weight loss.
However, I can’t for results if it’s used alone, without any physical activity or diet.
To prove this, I was wearing it for three weeks, after my workout, I measured my waistline before I started using it, and the measurements were the exact same at the end of the third week.
And for the last few weeks, I’ve been using it as a workout accessory and I’ve seen some changes – I’ve lost a whole inch in less than 3 weeks.
I don’t know if the results are permanent yet, and will they be visible when I stop using it for a few weeks, but of this I’m sure:
Waist trainers promote hourglass figure and weight loss.
***C O N S***
You cannot wear a waist trainer without sacrificing your comfort, and this is a fact.
Waist trainers are made to feel uncomfortably tight since their main job is to press down and shrink in the waist.
There is no waist trainer that will feel natural to your body, so more or less they are all a bit un-comfy.
It Makes It Hard To Breathe
Waist trainers restrict breathing, making it pretty difficult to take a deep breath and breathe normally.
Wearing one shortens your breath.
And when the lungs can’t adequately expand, we can’t get adequate oxygen to our body and brain.
Also, I read that some women experience acid reflux while wearing it.
It didn’t happen to me, however, it’s a con that many women out there deal with.
Makes it Impossible To Exercise
Most waist training brands, suggest that you should work out with your waist trainer on, for maximum results.
However, exercising with a waist trainer is nearly impossible.
I’ve tried it once, and it’s just not healthy at all.
As I mentioned before, it’s impossible to breathe deeply while wearing one.
And shortness of breath while doing an intense workout and interval training is a recipe for disaster.
At least it was for me. I even felt fatigued in the middle of the end of the workout.
It’s hard for your body to get the oxygen it needs when it’s under pressure.
Just try to picture a balloon being squeezed in the middle: The air goes to the top and the bottom, which is something similar to the oxygen in your diaphragm when you wear a waist trainer.
And that is especially dangerous when you’re working out.
I give my 100% on every single workout I do, and I feel like the waist training corset is not allowing me to give my best since it limits both my breath and my range of motion.
Can Cause Muscle Weakness
Many brands will link waist training with core strength and stronger core muscles.
However, constantly wearing your waist training corset for extended periods of time when it is too tight could weaken your muscles and atrophy them.
So, if you’re using it long term, the constant pressure can make your abs feel weak, and not only that this can ruin your six-pack efforts, but it’s a pretty dangerous health scenario too.
It Changes The Natural Position Of The Organs
Waist trainers not only change the natural positioning and shape but the position of your internal organs and their functions too.
Remember the balloon squeezed in the middle?
When it comes to the human body, it’s not only the oxygen being squeezed up and down, but the organs inside too.
When you wear a waist trainer, the squeezing increases the pressure in the middle of your abdominal cavity, pushing pressure down onto the pelvic floor and up onto the diaphragm, so your organs shift accordingly.
It forces the intestines to reshape into the available space.
I don’t know if you can tell, but this isn’t how a healthy individual should look on the inside.
Especially since it can lead to a number of issues with the bowels such as constipation or gas.
What we often don’t realize when searching for the picture-perfect of ourselves, is that our health should always come first.
That’s how you know you are doing the best for yourself.
Dear Fit Girls, It’s Your Turn To Shape Your Body!
If you’re here reading this you probably desire to get an hourglass body shape.
Rather you decide to try out waist trainer or pass, I can help you for sure.
Even after wearing it for a full month, I’m still a bit unsure if there are actual benefits of waist training for hourglass.
There are plenty of other sure ways to achieve that body you’ve always wanted, so head on to my article right now:
How To Get An Hourglass Figure – Hourglass Body Shape
Just to mention that I was using the Royal Lioness waist trainer if anyone’s interested in the particular brand.
Let me know if you have any other questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions.
Lastly, there’s no magic bullet to “spot reduce” any area of the body, including the waist.
Health, strength, and fitness are only found through consistent work and healthy living.
Till next time, babes!