Are You 'Waisting' Your Time? The Truth About Waist Training

As a species, we humans are getting more and more lazy year by year. Everything is made for convenience these days so we don’t have to work as hard to get the things we want and need. Restaurants deliver so we can eat the high calorie takeaways without having to step over our door, supermarkets now deliver our food so we don’t have to traipse round the store and now we have these 2 wheeled gadgets that our kids are whizzing round on so they don’t even need to walk anymore. Gone are the days where we had to actually put in the work in order to get our food and other necessities. No wonder the childhood obesity rate is getting out of hand – but that’s another story.

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It seems like so many people are looking for a quick fix to lose weight these days and aren’t willing to take the time effort to shift the weight in a healthy way. There are so many fad diets and interesting contraptions out there that claim to help you lose 10kg in a week. For us at The Foundation PTS, the best and only way to lose the weight that you have accumulated over the years is good old fashioned healthy eating and exercise.

Talking of interesting contraptions; the 19th Century corset undergarment seems to be making a comeback in recent years, and with celebrities like the Kardashians using the modern day version to slim their waists, it’s no wonder many women are jumping on this this new magic waist slimming bandwagon. We, however, can’t help but think it is a complete waste of time, money and (limited) breath.

At first glance, the corset looks like a great aid in slimming your waist in minutes and if you want a quick fix to feel slimmer for a night out then why not? Even though I personally have never worn one, I don’t object to someone wearing one for a couple of hours on a night out to give you a sexy hourglass figure in that LBD. This is not, however, how these new waist- slimmers are marketed and I do object to using the new ‘waist trainers’ as an aid to slimming the waist and to wear them for hours at a time, on multiple days of the week. This new fad will not magically make you lose the fat around your stomach and waist but will help to condense your ribs and move your bones and organs in ways they weren’t designed for.

 

Waisttraining.org describes Waist training as ‘a gradual process of molding the waist to become smaller with the consistent use of a waist trainer. To get the best results, you will have to wear the waist trainer for eight hours or more each day. Waist training isn’t for those who want immediate results though. While you will see results as soon as you wear it, it will slim you down by tucking in your stomach, more permanent results will be seen in a month.’

The website also goes onto explain that waist training will decrease your appetite and provides an image of smaller meals that you can consume more frequently as a result. It makes me laugh that the foods shown on the images are a bagel, cheeseburger, soda and French fries. There are no words.  Maybe I’m the strange one but if you have to wear an uncomfortable tight garment for 8 or more hours per day in order to ‘see more permanent results after a month’ along with a decreased appetite due to stomach compression then I’d take an hour of exercise for 4-5 days per week and eating healthier food over it any day.

I can’t help but get frustrated at the claims these companies are making. Yes you get a slimmer waist in minutes but it is due to the fact that all your excess fat is being squashed in and when you take it off, it will break out like a jack in the box and return to its normal state. Having spoken to a few men regarding this garment, they were alarmed at the prospect of dating someone who advertises themselves as 4 sizes smaller than they really are. It may be a shallow way to look at it but I believe you should be seen as who you are and not hide behind a contraption such as this. Plus, if you are carrying a large amount of weight in other areas, your proportions will look rather strange. Your muscles aren’t being trained to tighten up those areas, and the inches you lose with it are probably due to your ribs being compressed and deformed and not the fat being melted away by some miracle.

Experts generally agree that there’s no way it can really work and it might do real bodily harm. “Medically, it doesn’t make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. "Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage.”

 Another expert adds, “Corset training can restrict any type of movement in your midsection, It can restrict your lungs, which can cause lung infections and other lung problems, as well as restrict your bowels, which can cause constipation. It can also cause bruising and rib pain.” - Nicole Florence, MD, Co-Director of Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center at Memorial Medical Center

We need to take account for our bodies and treat them with the respect they deserve. If it takes a year to gain 10kg then it’s not going to magically disappear in a week or two. The weight you do lose with these fad shake diets for example, will be mainly water and some muscle tissue.

 Yes it’s hard adopting a healthy lifestyle if you don’t already do so but it’s also hard to carry around all that excess weight that may lead to complications in the future so you need to choose which hard you prefer to tackle. Decide to make a change today and do it a healthy way!