Why would anyone willingly put themselves through this torture?
The Kardashians are obsessed, so you know it’s krazy with a kapital K.
Waist-training involves wearing a tight corset (made from cotton, neoprene, latex, steel – anything from the Bondage Materials Store) for 2-8 hours per day, during workouts, meals, and sometimes even overnight.
Supposedly, it will make you lose 2-4 inches off your waist permanently, because it will decrease hunger, increase core strength, encourage perspiration and improve posture.
If you use it in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, of course.
NO SHIT, SHERLOCK.
So when you’re wearing that restrictive garment, where is all the tummy fat going?
Some of it will go down and make your ass look a little bigger. Some will go up and give you a cute little fat roll under your boobs (it won’t go INTO your boobs, give that dream up). But mostly, it will go in, and push against your organs.
“The main benefit of a waist trainer is that it compresses the waist and stomach region in order to surpress hunger” claims the Waist Trainer NZ website.
You know when you’re wearing a really tight bra? Or skirt? And it starts to cut into you a little bit, and soon your torso is so uncomfortable or your stomach is so compressed, you feel sick instead of hungry? That. That, but worse.
One of their target markets is time-poor women.
“Many of our customers are busy with long work hours, children or other commitments, resulting in a lack of time to exercise throughout the week, so have used a waist trainer as an alternative.”
But then, they suggest these time-poor customers should walk for 40 minutes a day, because “walking is a great way to burn fat and lose weight (better than running – running burns more energy than fat).”
I’m not an exercise scientist, but I definitely call a bit of bullshit in that last sentence, because running every day will prooooobably burn a bit of fat. And call me crazy, but if the time-poor customers walked 40 minutes a day without the waist-trainer, they’d still probably lose a couple of kilos, AND be able to breathe.