Okay, so this is a totally normal thing out in Miami, FL. Girls wear these waist trainers all over town! Some women show off their bright patterned ones like a new handbag! Waist training and corsets have been around forever right? Why are they all the rage now? Well, Kim Kardashian posted a selfie on Instagram with her waist trainer and the trend followed.
All of us women have the same questions about these things. I read my fair share while shopping for one and wanted to share my answers. *Disclaimer* I am not promoting waist training to be healthy or one in particular. Always consult your Dr. before trying something new with your body.
#1 Is it healthy?
A segment about trainers on Dr. Oz show talked about what it does to your lungs and ribs, but no final conclusion was held. According to an article I found on news.health.com, you can have trouble breathing and acid reflux. Reflux can get pretty ugly, but is probably relieved once you take it off (in my opinion). The other risk I found with research, is that without exercise it can actually make your core weak. The constant support for 8 hours a day can make you use your core less, so it made sense.
#2 Do they work?
Many people swear by them, but I have yet to put it to the test. I will post my results and come back to answer this one. Subscribe to my blog!
#3 What is the difference between a waist trainer and a waist cincher?
A waist cincher is basically shape wear or an undergarment used to shape unflattering areas (like a muffin top). A waist trainer is actually a corset that you wear throughout the day to change the actual shape.
#4 Which is the best waist trainer to buy?
There is so many waist trainers out there today, that it can be very confusing. I do know the brand Kim Kardashian uses is Waist Gang Society, but here are some other brands that pop up a lot.
West Gang Society
Cocoon Fitness Waist Cincher
I say eat right, train, then worry about the shape. I will post my updates about the waist trainer when I start it. Have you used one? How long did it take to start seeing a real difference? Look at results online and post below which one has worked for you.