Waist Trainers – Do They Work? You’ve seen them on celebrity Instagram accounts and on infomercials late at night – waist trainers are said to be the secret to an enviable body – but do they really work? Read on for our unbiased opinion on whether or not you should buy into the latest fitness and beauty trend. Waist training involves wearing a corset for several hours in order to “train” your waist into an hour glass shape , ultimately reducing the size of your waist. But, it’s painful, tedious, and, does it even work? Medically speaking, there is no evidence that shows that cinching your waist over a long period of time makes it smaller permanently. Some proponents of the highly popular garment claim that it makes you sweat vast amounts. Again, there is no evidence that shows that increased sweat productivity leads to a reduction in waist size permanently. What can do this permanently? Exercise and a healthy diet. Now, some waist training believers wear the garment during exercise and claim it’s benefits and effects come from directing the fat in your body elsewhere while you burn calories. If only this were physically possible. If you have excess fat as a woman, it’s going to sit where your hormones generate in the largest capacity – typically your stomach, hips, and thighs. Wearing a waist trainer during exercise may increase sweat production and therefore calorie burn, however, it’s important to note this may increase risks during exercise. The waist trainers also encase the ribs , and when constricted, can constrict the lungs. If your lungs cannot freely expand and contract during exercise, you’re putting yourself at risk for passing out. So, weigh the benefits and the risks – is it worth risking your health for a temporarily smaller (we’re talking a matter of hours) waist? That answer can vary from person to person and that is A-Okay. Health and fitness is a personal journey. Some may be willing to go to different lengths than others. Just be sure, no matter what fitness trend you try, that you do your research first! About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn