We all know what it takes to lose weight: exercise and a balanced, healthy diet. Despite the fact that we know how to slim down, some of us still take drastic measures to do so. Apparently, I am guilty of this myself.
If you haven’t heard the buzz, the latest weight-loss fad is called “waist training” or, “waist cinching.” The process involves wearing a tight corset over a long period of time to shrink your waist. Committed waist trainers wear their corsets up to 12 hours each day. Some even wear them while they sleep. Eventually, their waist shrinks. Or that’s the theory, anyway.
More and more women have been trying it out, especially after celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snookie and Amber Rose posted ”selfies” cinching their waists on Instagram.
My followers began asking me what my stance was on waist cinching. To give them my honest opinion, I assumed the “lab rat” position and decided to try it for myself. I knew it seemed ridiculous, but hey, Kim Kardashian is popular for her looks, not her intelligence.
Before I tell you about my experience, I will tell you the three ways in which waist training supposedly works:
I won’t lie, I was super eager for my corset to arrive in the mail. I am already in good physical shape, but sometimes my muscle definition makes me feel “boxy.” Maybe waist training would be the solution to give me the hips I never had! I was about to find out.
When my corset arrived, I excitedly ripped it out of its package, sucked in and zipped.
Not exactly comfortable.
I felt like I fractured a rib just putting the darn thing on, but I sucked it up (literally) and went to work, hiding the corset beneath my clothes.
My experience was not so bad after all. The work that I do is fairly sedentary. I hate sitting on my bum, but I enjoyed how the corset at least forced me to maintain good posture while I did.
Once I began speaking with clients, however, I felt like I wasn’t fully present because I was so uncomfortable. I would have communicated more efficiently had I not been distracted by this.
After work, I hit the gym.
This “workout” was an epic failure.
Although it was leg day for me, it was nearly impossible to work my legs because the pressure from the corset made my abs feel like Jell-O. When one muscle group isn’t functioning properly, it throws off the flow of your entire workout. I was concerned about my safety, so I threw in the towel. There was no point in tackling cardio because I could barely breathe while at rest.
I continued to waist train for two more weeks, but stopped wearing my corset to the gym. Overall, I lost an inch from my waist. Was it worth it?
From my personal experience, I created a list of pros and cons.
Needless to say, I threw the corset in the trash.
If my long list of cons didn’t dissuade you from waist training, most doctors agree that the process is unsafe. Some of the medical risks include: displacement of the internal organs, rib damage, slowed metabolism, organ failure, abdominal pain and restriction of the bowels.
There’s a reason that fads are fads. This one will retire once the next blasphemous “weight-loss solution” is introduced.
If you want to lose weight, exercise and eat healthy. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as we tend to make it and it requires no suffocation!
I give waist training a big, fat thumbs down. If you’ve tried it, I would love to hear about your experience. Comment below with your stories.
I started with Fitlife back in 2011-2012…I wrote into Fitlife asking for an extreme amount of help. I was 300 pounds, with high cholesterol, and Drew helped me transform my life. I lost over 130 pounds and I no longer have high cholesterol. Not only did I lose weight, so did my husband, who lost over 70 pounds!-Jaclyn, Martinsburg NE