Is Wearing a Waist Trainer the Secret to Reducing Belly Fat?
Throughout the years there have been many weight loss fads pushed by celebrities. But this one has to be up there with the worst in my opinion. Let me first explain what these waist trainers are and what they say they can do for weight loss.
SIDE NOTE: When researching for this topic, I went on to many waist trainer websites, if only you could see my face while reading these sites.. Utter disgust!
What Are They?
Waist trainers are meant to squeeze your midsection and “train” your figure into an hourglass shape. They’re basically a corset with a modern twist, made up of thick fabric and hard metal boning. Worn around the midsection, it’s cinched up with a lacing system, hooks, or Velcro.
What They Claim To Do?
- Help you ‘train’ your waist into an hourglass figure
- Weight loss
- Decreased Appetite
- Better Posture
Myth Busting The Waist Trainer
Let's start with the hourglass figure myth. Wearing a waist trainer will not cause permanent changes to your shape! You are born with your shape, the only way to change your shape in any way is by lifting weight to build some muscle and/or losing weight. Let me also remind you that you can’t spot reduce fat, so you have to be patient and let the fat come off your body where it wants to.
The claim that they help with weight loss. I can’t facepalm large enough for this claim. Waist trainers do not aid meaningful weight loss. The loss you get from wearing one is simply from sweat, once you replenish that water you lost your waist will go back to the same size it was prior to you wearing the waist trainer.
In regards to appetite suppression, you may eat less while wearing one simply because your stomach is compressed. This is not healthy and not sustainable for long term weight loss and weight maintenance.
Why I Am So Angry About This?
I am passionate about this because it gives people hope that using one of these will lead to weight loss. Then when it doesn’t they think they have failed, and either give up, or lose confidence in their ability to lose weight and change their lifestyle. It’s not THEM failing, it's the false advertising and false promises failing them. Not only that, waist trainers have several associated risks, including breathing difficulties, digestion issues, and organ damage due to long-term use.
So please, don’t waste your money on these silly weight loss gimmicks!