The waist trainers are to squeeze your midsection and ‘train’ your figure into an hourglass shape. They are basically a corset with modern twists.
This doesn’t mean that the waist trainer is effective and safe to use. Let’s take a look at the realities of waist trainers and whether they pose any health risks.
What is a waist trainer?
The best waist trainer is an undergarment made of thick fabric and hard metal boning. Worn around the midsection, it is attached to a lacing system, hooks or Velcro.
It should be worn more tightly than a girdle or shaping underwear to give you a slim, compact waist. Although the results can be seen immediately, it is necessary to dress up frequently in the course of a few months of ‘training’.
What are the benefits of a waist trainer?
Instantaneous transformation is something very impressive. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery blog, a hip trainer will not drastically change your body shape. Even if you have the type of body that temporarily lends itself to that form, your waist trainer is unlikely to have a lasting effect.
You can lose weight temporarily, because of loss of fluids through sweat for wearing the waist trainer. When you wearing a trainer you can eat less because your stomach is compressed. This is not a healthy or sustainable path to weight loss.
It is important to eat the right amount of nutritious foods to stay healthy and get the vitamins and minerals you need. By restricting your eating ability, your diet may not be good enough to stay healthy.
When wearing a trainer, it will give you good posture. But if you wear it too much, it can weaken your core muscles, leading to back pain and poor posture.
What are the risks of wearing a waist trainer?
According to ABCS, a trainer can reduce your lung capacity by 30 to 60%. It can also cause inflammation or fluid in the lungs, and it can sap your energy. Over time, respiratory problems can affect your lymphatic system, it helps to get rid of toxins in your body.
Digestive system issues
When you wear a waist trainer, it presses your skin and fat. And your insides too crushed. This can affect parts of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. With this pressure, acid back up from the stomach into the esophagus. It can cause you heartburn.
As you squeeze your midsection, it limits internal organs such as the liver and kidneys to unnatural conditions. The crowding of your organs can affect blood flow and alter the functioning of the organs.
Over time, this can lead to permanent organ damage, decreased muscle strength, and also rib fractures.
When is it safe to wear a waist trainer?
You can definitely wear a traditional corset as part of a costume. Don’t pull it too tight, you will be fine. Like a body shaper or girdle, you can wear a waist trainer under a special outfit once. It is harmless. If you feel light-headed or shortness of breath, unplug the waist trainer or remove it as soon as possible.