Understanding the differences between steel-boned corsets and latex waist trainers is also a very important part of educating yourself before you consider purchasing and using one.
Steel boned corsets are constructed from a strong, yet flexible fabric (cotton/satin/leather) that is reinforced with steel boning (flexible steel rods) to give the corset great strength for cinching in your waist and accentuating the curve of your hips and bustline. Waist trainers usually consist of a combination of tough fabric such as neoprene or other sturdy fibers.
Some have hooks, velcro, lacing, or other strong fasteners to hold it tightly in place. The common criticisms of waist training, including bruised ribs, acid reflux, shallow breathing, and back pain. Some manufacturers say this is often the result of taking waist training to the extreme such as tightening too early or wearing a garment that is sized incorrectly.
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Do waist trainers really help you lose weight?
Not exactly. Instead, there are three main things happening:
- Squeezing. Waist trainers squeeze your midsection, kind of like super-intense shapewear. But the effect disappears as soon as you take the trainer off.
- Sweating. You might sweat more than usual while wearing a waist trainer which can make you lose water weight. But the loss is only temporary.
- Shrinking. If you wear a waist trainer consistently, your core muscles can atrophy and shrink from lack of use. Since your stomach is squeezed, you’re also less likely to overeat while wearing one.
What do waist trainers do?
Waist trainers are made of a thick elastic fabric such as neoprene. They’re meant to be worn snugly around your midsection, to be worn regularly, and to be tightened over time. Waist trainers provide a waist slimming effect, but it is only temporary.
Are waist trainers safe?
Waist training is similar to fad diets, it may provide some temporary waist thinning, but it ultimately does not provide a safe, long-term solution. Long-term use of waist trainers can also lead to internal organ damage.
Squeezing the midsection with constant force will likely cause internal organs such as the liver and kidneys to shift into unnatural positions. The shifting of organs due to a waist trainer may also affect the digestive organs such as the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
As well as interfering with digestion, the constant pressure can force stomach acid back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. Waist training can also make breathing difficult. A person looking to slim their waist should probably just consider sustainable dietary and exercise changes instead.