It’s the trend sweeping a nation and women everywhere are flocking to waist trainers for its striking ability to “shed” inches from the waist. But is melting away belly fat by means of outward constriction actually possible?
According to pros, there’s actually no scientific evidence proving these external gastric bands provide any kind of weight loss results. In fact, these trainers are meant for reshaping, not weight-loss.
However, don’t let this bring you down because there are truly some great benefits to utilizing this ancient practice, after all. According to Leah Keller, CEO and Co-Founder of The Dia Method, during pregnancy the abdomen separates leading to what we’ve come to know as the mommy-pooch. With proper training, a corset may assist in the healing and drawing together of the abdomen muscles allowing mommies to rebuild a tight and lean core. Keller urges women to think of the trainer as a “splint” on distressed abs, and real women get astonishing real results.
Not a new mom or mommy-to-be? Other attractive benefits of these trainers are the providing of back support and assisting in posture improvement. I think it goes without saying that most of us could benefit from that alone. But if you’re still looking for weight loss motivation, try wearing a waist trainer during meal time. You will come to find it difficult to consume as much as you normally would. Case in point: portion control.
And dangers of this metamorphosis life hack? You need look no further than your own bodily warning signs. Immediately remove your trainer if you experience shortening of breath, pain and discomfort, severe restriction of movement, or downward pressure on the pelvic floor. These signs may indicate a number of things but most often range from your trainer being the wrong size to the trainer having been too tight. In any case, always seek the advice of a physician should you experience ongoing pain or discomfort. Beauty does come at a price, but your health should never be one of them!
Waist trainers have both its ups and downs but if there’s one thing taken from this article, take that it’s only a short-term fix. To get long-lasting results, a change in diet and exercise is always necessary. Once you stop “training,” the waist will eventually return to its usual shape, says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. Like all things, to get results time and dedication is unavoidable and waist trainers bare no exception to this rule. For more on Waist Trainers and how to properly train, visit Orchard Corset.
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