But Wai(s)t – Does Waist Training Really Work?
As the popularity of waist training rises, so too do the number of articles, studies, blogs and even Internet comments sharing opinions and information on the topic. It can be extremely difficult to sort through the massive influx of text and pictures regarding waist training – and even more difficult to sort the false information from the true. For every article or blog displaying legitimate, factual information, there are just as many spreading myths.
That’s why, at [name], we believe in being simple, direct and straightforward with our customers –starting with clearly and definitively answering one of the biggest questions in the industry:
Does waist training really work?
The answer is YES – but a qualified yes. Waist training, when carried out with dedication and regularity, can absolutely help you lose weight and shed several inches from your waistline. However, it does not work immediately – while wearing a corset for one night might help you fit into that sleek new dress or tuxedo, it takes several weeks of regular wear to begin seeing permanent results.
In addition, the most dramatic results are frequently seen when waist training is combined with other weight loss or body shaping strategies, such as a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen combining strength training and cardio. Wearing a corset, cincher, sweat belt or slimming belt will absolutely help you achieve that long-desired hourglass figure – but you can help it along with hard work and dedication to see the best and fastest results.
Now that we’ve established the effectiveness of waist training, we’ll address a number of the most common myths surrounding corsets, cinchers and other body-shaping garments. Reading this article will help you make an informed choice about the best waist trainer and weight loss regimen for you.
Myth #1: Weight training allows “spot reduction” – weight loss only at the waist
Spot reduction refers to a concept in which weight loss can be “targeted” – you lose weight in areas you wish to slim, such as the waist, stomach and hips, while retaining weight and shape in areas such as the chest and hips. Waist training in general and corsets in particular are frequently cited as allowing you to lose weight only around the waistline or in the stomach area.
Unfortunately, there is truly no such thing as spot reduction. Weight loss occurs differently for every single human being on Earth. Some people may see inches drop from their waist first thing, while others may notice fat vanishing in the leg, chest, hip or bottom areas before the waist or stomach sees any noticeable decrease.
However, the fact that it doesn’t allow for the mythical spot reduction to occur does not mean that corsets and cinchers don’t help you lose weight. As mentioned above, what it does mean is simply that waist training takes dedication. Don’t discard your cincher or toss out your favorite corset just because you’re seeing thinner thighs before a smaller waist. You’re just on the first step of a fantastic journey!
So, you might ask, because spot reduction doesn’t exist, does that mean there’s no actions I can take to help shape my body in the desired way?
Not at all! Never fear, there is absolutely something you can do! Instead of relying on “spot reduction,” work with a trainer or a group of gym buddies to develop a workout which focuses on and targets certain areas of the body. If you want to lose inches at the waist, for example, incorporate strength training exercises for the core and abdominal muscles into your workout at least three times per week. Or, if you want a booty that will stop traffic, target the hip flexors, glutes, and the muscles of the upper thigh.
Spot reduction is a myth, sure, but it’s an unnecessary one. There’s no need to make the effects of waist training look amazing and unbelievable – because they already are! Combine your training with an intense, targeted workout, and you’ll be rocking that hourglass figure in no time!
Myth #2: Waist training will damage your internal organs or otherwise change your body in harmful ways
It would take years to count all of the articles on the Internet which claim that wearing a corset will inevitably result in permanent damage to your internal organs. Said articles tend to rely on a combination of scary, attention-getting words – “squished” “separated” “crushed” “difficulty breathing” and more – and vaguely cited advice from “medical professionals”.
Corsets have been accused of everything from shrinking the lungs to atrophying the abdominal muscles to forcing the ribs apart.
However, this is nothing more than the next on our list of waist training myths to debunk. Most of the “evidence” regarding damage caused by corsets comes from analyzing the skeletons of women and girls from the 16th through 19th centuries, when corsets were a required part of everyday wear for any upper-class lady hoping to snare a husband. While some shifting of internal organs and improper development of the abdominal muscles has been observed, this has been conclusively proven to be a result of excessive corset wear from an extremely young age. Girls wore corsets starting at eight or even six years old, which caused the muscles and organs to improperly develop during their formative years.
When used responsibly by adults, corsets and cinchers are completely safe. However, it is still recommended that you take all necessary precautions when establishing and carrying out your waist training regimen. We’ve included some tips for safe, healthy, enjoyable waist training below:
- Don’t settle for less than the perfect fit. Make sure that your cincher or corset fits you comfortably and does not cause you any pain or discomfort. See our article here about how to measure yourself for a corset or cincher. Don’t be afraid to seek out a professional, such as a lingerie store employee, to ensure you get the most accurate measurements!
- Start slow. Begin by wearing your corset or cincher a few hours per day (2 hours is often cited as the recommended starting point) and give your body lots of breaks. Gradually increase the time spent in the trainer week by week until you can comfortably wear it for a full day. If you plan to sleep in your trainer, make this the last step in your gradual increase in wear time.
- Add days of rest. Many waist training enthusiasts adopt a six-day cycle, with one day (often Sunday) spent entirely out of the corset or cincher. If you plan to engage in a long-term waist training routine, make sure to include days of rest in your schedule. They won’t erase your progress, but will keep you functioning at peak health – and, most important of all, peak happiness!
- Check in with yourself. If you notice any rubbing, itching, discomfort or pain, remove the waist trainer immediately. When you take the trainer off, check your body thoroughly for any bruises, rashes, or unnatural red or otherwise discolored patches of skin. See a doctor if you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms.
- Ask a doc. If you have any concerns about waist training, talk to your doctor before beginning your journey. This is especially recommended if you are pregnant, have recently given birth, are recovering from a major injury, or experience chronic pain or other long-term health conditions.
Listen to your body, follow the above steps, and your waist training experience will be positive, pain-free and present no long-term health risks. Losing those waist inches is important – but so is staying happy and healthy!
Myth #3: Waist training only causes you to lose temporary “water weight,” and has no long-term positive effects
The loudest detractors of waist training seemingly cannot get through a single article without mentioning the “water weight” myth. One of the most pervasive and practically omnipresent falsehoods about corsets is the idea that they will only help you lose weight which is temporarily gained through regular daily water intake.
This attempt to discredit waist training likely arises from the fact that losing water weight is an effect which corsets and cinchers can have – but it is in truth only one of many. Body-shaping garments are frequently made from latex or thick, non-breathable fabrics, causing the user to sweat more than usual especially if the item is worn during or directly after a workout. This is what causes the “water weight decrease” which is so frequently called out.
However, is the loss of water weight truly a negative thing, as it is so often made out to be? We sure don’t think so! Keeping water weight down means that you are far less likely to experience uncomfortable bloating throughout the day, even in typically high-bloat periods such as during the menstrual cycle. In addition, it’s easier than ever to stay properly hydrated and consume the required amount of water without experiencing any negative side effects!
Of course, corsets don’t just result in the loss of water weight, or we wouldn’t have labeled this “fact” as one of the top three most prevalent myths. There are a number of ways in which waist training contributes to long-term weight loss and body shaping. First and most straightforward, wearing a cincher decreases appetite, keeps hunger in check and makes you significantly less likely to overeat during the day. A majority of waist training enthusiasts have reported a sharp decline in the amount of calories they consumed once they began regular, all-day corset wear.
In addition, wearing a waist trainer keeps your posture straight and your core and abdominal muscles activated, meaning that they work harder throughout the day. Even just taking a casual walk while wearing a corset burns more calories than taking that same walk without one. These effects increase exponentially when a cincher is worn during an ab- and core-focused strength training workout. Performing this kind of workout even two or three times per week will see the pounds dropping off quicker than you ever imagined!
Lastly, the positive mental effects of waist training cannot be discounted. The brain is truly the body’s most powerful organ, and looking in the mirror and seeing yourself with the thin waist and hourglass figure you desire can motivate you to work harder than ever before to achieve it. Regular waist training will quickly see your confidence and motivation increasing by several orders of magnitude. You’ll feel great, and before you know it you’ll look and be as great as you feel!
So, in short, does waist training work? Absolutely, if you keep in mind one key contributing factor – yourself. What you get out of a waist training regimen will be directly proportional to what you put into it: hard work, motivation, determination and more. A low weight and hourglass figure is absolutely in reach for every single person who wants one and is willing to work for it. So ignore the haters, find the corset or cincher that’s right for you, and start working towards your goal of a brand new you today!
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