Can waist trainers cause diarrhea

Can waist trainers cause diarrhea DEFAULT

When it comes to trying to achieve a certain body type, I can honestly say I've tried tons of weight loss products. I can't even count all the different diets, fitness fads, and products I've tried to have what I thought was the new modern body type — including corset training to shape my waist.

There were lots of reasons why it felt necessary to try a waist trainer. I felt that to be accepted by others, to be loved by the man I love, I needed to match up with stereotypical images of health, beauty, and weight.

It didn't take too long to find other women to support me in my pursuit of external happiness. We all felt shame about our too-thick thighs when thinner thighs were in vogue, or too small in the butt department, when being flat in the back was no longer in style.

We shared dieting tricks and secrets, and when we ate too much, we supported each other, determined to push hard past plateaus and gains to get that hourglass shape and perfect body.

Body type is a big deal, and it can be a deal-breaker for what a woman wants in life — especially if she's single — or so I was told by television, magazine covers, and advertisements posting images of celebrity endorsers claiming I could be sexier if I lost a few more pounds.

And it's not a total myth. The same men who would walk past me and my 20-pound heavier post-baby body would hold the door when I was leaner, trimmer, and (apparently) more attractive. It was that same mentality that led me to corset-train to decrease my waistline and achieve the hourglass figure.

What is a waist trainer?

A waist trainer is essentially a corset made up of thick fabric with a hard metal boning. It's worn around your midsection, and it either has a waist cincher with a lacing system, or it has small little hooks to button up or just simple velcro.

When a woman is waist training, she's wearing a corset around her waist for a period of time during the day and, in time, with a special diet and exercise as part of the entire process, the corset or waist trainer helps teach the midsection to reshape itself.

Of course, there are some uncomfortable side effects to waist training. But as you ease into the process, your body adjusts and it just feels snug.

You're supposed to wear the trainer for the same amount of time every day over a period of months. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba, JWoww, Snooki, Blac Chyna, and more have all promoted that waist trainers work to help slim the look of their waists.

Do waist trainers actually work?

What's amazing about using a corset to shrink your midsection is how fast they work. In a matter of a week or two, a woman can reduce her waistline by 1-2 inches. It can also help improve posture.

However, waist trainers do not move your fat. So, if you're looking to slim your waist and lose body fat, a waist trainer is not the way to go. It only temporarily reduces the size of your waist while wearing it, but when you take it off your waist won't look any different.

In addition, you can train your waist to temporarily flatten your stomach, but it will not magically get rid of fat and make your stomach flat.

The waist trainer can also suppress your appetite by pressing down on your stomach, which creates a fake feeling of fullness. Therefore, it's promoting fasting and unhealthy eating habits which isn't beneficial to your body, especially when wearing it for long periods of time.

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People can lose weight this way, but it's very unhealthy. By starving yourself you're depriving your body of a healthy diet and the right nutrients and minerals.

If used for a period of several months, I thought it could make a woman have the waist she's always wanted. I had viewed pictures of other women celebrities who waist train. I reasoned that if they were dangerous, they wouldn't use them.

After a few months of using my waist trainer, I lost 3 inches off my midsection. I couldn't have been any happier. It would have taken me a year to do that at the gym, and even then I might not have had the same results.

Is waist training dangerous?

Around the same time that I was reshaping my body, another strange phenomenon happened — I started having indescribable pain that debilitated me. I ended up in the emergency room. They did tests and could find nothing.

The incidents were sparse, but I started to notice a pattern as they became more frequent. I got the attacks almost always after I had worn my corset. So, I stopped using it.

A week later, I doubled over in pain so massive that death would have felt like a blessing. Worse than childbirth, I ended up in the emergency room again, only this time, I needed to have emergency surgery.

The doctor on staff asked me to recite the events leading up to my pain. I asked him if there was any chance that the waist training garment I had been using could have caused my problems? His answer was "Yes."

Due to their restrictive nature around the midsection of the body, corsets put pressure on vital organs and can even strangle them, leading to permanent body damage when worn for extended periods of time. From physical disorders such as meralgia paresthetica, blood clots, gastroesophageal reflux disease, to even hindering and impacting a woman's menstrual cycle, there's a lot of reasons why waist training can be deadly.

The basic risks of waist training include challenged breathing, permanent damage to your internal organs by being crammed together over time, and affecting blood flow, possible fractured ribs, and possible acid reflux, as well as other digestive issues.

Waist trainers cause breathing problems because they reduce your lung capacity by 30 to 60 percent, which can make you pass out if worn too tight for too long. It can also lead to inflammation of the lungs and a build-up of fluid in the lungs, as well as problems with your lymphatic system, which rids your body of toxins.

You could additionally get a bad case of heartburn from acid that can travel from your stomach into your esophagus from all the pressure. It also won't help you If you have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) because it could make your symptoms even worse.

The most disgusting thing a waist trainer can do is cause prolapse, which is when your pelvic organs (your uterus, your bladder, and your rectum) come into your vaginal canal and then out of it because it applies pressure to the pelvic floor.

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How long do you have to wear a waist trainer to see results?

When you wear a waist trainer every day, you're only temporarily making your body look slimmer in the waist. However, no matter how long you wear your waist trainer, you won't see significant results in losing weight or inches off your waist unless you keep an active lifestyle.

All a waist trainer is going to give you is health problems if you wear it too long. You can certainly wear a waist trainer if you want to look slimmer for certain events or as a costume, just make sure to not make it too tight.

You can wear them every now and then, but don't add wearing them to your daily routine as this may only cause problems for you. Always make sure that if you do wear a waist trainer, it's not too restrictive. And in case you feel short of breath, light-headed, or faint, remove it as soon as possible.

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There are more natural remedies to shrink your waist like eating a balanced diet, adding aerobic and strength training into your workout routine, or talking to a specialist about how to target your waist or core muscles while exercising. There's also the option of plastic surgery if you decide you want a more permanent and fast solution.

What are the side effects of wearing a waist trainer?

Here are 3 corset training side effects — and why I'll never use a waist trainer again:

1. Spot training does not produce lasting weight-loss results.

It takes time for our bodies to adjust to change. True improvement takes time, so it's best to do things the right way with diet and exercise.

There's no magic to pushing around body fat or getting muscles to conform to a forced shape.

If you want to have a small waist, you have to put in the work. Especially if you want to lose weight. If your body refuses to be pushed past a certain plateau, chances are, you're where you need to be.

2. Waist training corsets might be pretty, but they aren't worth the potential kidney damage.

Factoring in the cost and time associated with the long-term damage waist trainers can cause, there's really no denying that it's not worth the health risk.

Sure, you get a smaller waist in less time than you would with diet and exercise. But as the corset helps you slim down your waist, it is also putting pressure on your stomach and kidneys.

Pressure on the kidneys reduces blood supply to your organs. This could lead to bladder infections or stomach problems — neither of which is cost-effective.

3. You get less oxygen when you wear a corset.

The whole point of looking and feeling better about your body is to have a sense of confidence and freedom in your skin. But waist training does the exact opposite.

When you wear them, pressure is placed on your other vital organs, and your lungs feel the pinch, too. Even if you wear the garment short-term, the only way to have any lasting effects is to put it back on. That's no way to treat your lungs.

Although it is rare to pass out while wearing them, shallow breathing creates other health problems such as an increased risk of fluid build-up in the lungs.

From now on, I'm sticking to a healthy diet and exercise along with a healthy dose of self-acceptance. I'm okay, no matter what society says my body is supposed to be.

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Aria Gmitter, M.F.A., is YourTango's Senior Editor for Horoscopes and Spirituality. Aria is an astrologer, numerologist, tarotist, and theologian who earned her undergraduate degree in comparative religious studies from the University of Miami.


This entry is a summary of the information in the video “Corsets and Toilet Issues”. If you would like more detail or demonstrations, please see my video on YouTube here:

Going to the bathroom. Visiting the loo. Going for a tinkle or a whiz. Dropping the kids off at the pool. Whatever you want to call it, and no matter how un-PC it is to talk about it, everybody needs to do it. Here’s a few tricks to make it easier when you’re wearing a corset:


1) Wear a skirt with a corset. Corset under your clothing with garters, then place your knickers over that, then your skirt over everything else. This way, when you need to go to the bathroom, you don’t have to unclip your garter straps to pull your underwear down.

2) Avoid wearing button/zip up pants with longline corsets. Wear high-waisted pants or yoga pants over your corset, and low-rise underwear will help if you’re wearing a longline.

3) You can usually wear a multitude of outfits with a short corset or waist cincher since it doesn’t cover the hips too much. Low-rise pants is a good choice if you don’t have tummy pooch hanging out underneath your corset. In this situation, a bit of “tucking” of your pants/underpants into the bottom of the corset is not too annoying. I wear cinchers most days.


You may notice that wearing a corset makes you defecate less often. This is because food is moved along by peristalsis, a pushing and squeezing action of the intestines, and that natural movement is slower when tightly cinched. This is another reason that it’s important to train your waist down slowly, so it gives you time for your intestines to get used to the change. If you find the corset causes constipation, loosen the corset, and try to cinch down more gradually over a longer amount of time.

Also adding fiber always helps. After I was corseting for awhile, I noticed that foods that stayed in my stomach for a long time didn’t make me feel good. I felt good whenever I ate fruit, soup and salad which all have a faster stomach-emptying rate (digests faster) and these foods also have higher fiber and water content. Everyone will find their own preferences in terms of how much soluble/ insoluble fiber and water they need to feel best. I personally find that foods with soluble fiber, like fruit, when taken with the proper amount of water, is more effective in making me regular compared to just insoluble fiber (bran, leafy greens etc).

You might also notice (especially if you have a longline corset that presses down on your pelvis) that you will have to pee more often. Don’t worry, your kidneys shouldn’t be affected by your corset, the main reason that you feel you have to pee is because the corset presses down on your bladder. But whatever you do, don’t decrease your water intake – you need water, it’s good for you and especially helps in bowel movements.


Before you sit down, please make sure your laces are tucked safely away! Just stuff them under the X’s or underneath the bottom of the corset.

When sitting down on the toilet and doing your business, especially to poo, you might notice that you can’t push as hard. This is because your abdominal muscles and your diaphragm play a part in help pushing out the waste. If their movement is hindered then it can be a little more difficult to get your bowels feeling empty, especially if you didn’t have enough fiber! If this is a problem for you, just loosen up the corset when you go to the bathroom. You don’t have to take it off completely. If you’re the type who only has a bowel movement once a day, this won’t be too annoying. If you have 3-4 movements a day, the constant loosening and tightening of your corset may be a little laborious for you.

Other things you may notice: since a corset tends to flatten your intestines, you may notice that the circumference of your poop becomes a little skinnier. Maybe this is good news to those who find big poops painful. ;)

Wiping is a little different because you have perfect posture when sitting down. If you’ve got long arms, you will generally not have a problem with wiping. If you have a problem reaching, try a different position: squat down a little more, stand up a little more, or even approach it from a different angle. Just make sure, wherever you approach the mess from, to always wipe front to back. So if your hand’s in back, this is a pulling action, if your hand’s in front, it’s a pushing action. This is VERY important especially for the ladies, so you don’t get e.coli in your reproductive tract, because that can cause a very bad infection.

When worse comes to worst, you can feel free to loosen your corset prior to wiping.

Lucy’s Little Life Lesson: If a bully tries to intimidate you, imagine them pooping. Suddenly it puts you both on the same level.


*Please note that this article is strictly my opinion and provided for information purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of a medical doctor. Please talk to your doctor if you’d like to start wearing a corset.*


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15 Things You Didn't Know About Waist Training

From Instagram to Game of Thrones, corsets and waist training are everywhere. Celebrities are doing it. Fashion magazine editors are trying it out for their readers. And now us regular folk are getting into the act. Why? Because we want some way to cut back on the sight of our belly fat, whether it is from a poor diet or if it is a mommy belly.

But much of this trend is against medical advice. You see, waist training may benefit our immediate appearance, but too much of a good thing can actually weaken our core and can cause us some serious health issues. Will this stop us from giving it a shot? Probably not.

Waist training has been around for centuries. Women of all classes have done it and so have the guys. Some men, in fact, still undergo waist training to attain a more masculine, domineering figure whereas women undergo waist training to accentuate their curves and flatten their stomach. Whatever the reason is behind wanting to try out waist training, there are certain facts you need to know to get into the trend safely.

16 Can Cause Heartburn

The trick to waist training is to not go too tight. If it does fit too tight, it can push your stomach into your diaphragm and cause heart burn. When you will need to do is get fitted for a properly sized waist trainer. This can involve taking your own measurements and working with a fitting person online or visiting a boutique specialized in fitting women for intimate apparel.

15 They Can Boost Your Self Esteem

Let’s face it. If something can give you a thinner looking waist, wouldn’t you try it out? Well, many women are getting into waist training because it does make them look thinner and, as a direct result, these women are feeling good about themselves. Waist training is like an automatic boost to the self esteem because you see immediate results.


13 Waist cinchers

Special waist trainers, called fitness waist cinchers, are designed to be worn while you work out. While experts say they do nothing for the fat, the cinchers do help you lose water weight around your stomach. This is great news for women who want to get rid of their bloating. Toxins are also said to exit the body this way, but keeping the cincher on for too long can also cause an acne breakout and may, in the long run, reduce your core strength.

12 Restricts Breathing

Wearing a tight waist trainer does restrict your breathing, so keep it off when you practice yoga or anything that requires deep breathing exercises. You will only be able to take shallow breaths while wearing the trainer and that can cause dizziness. For deeper, belly breathing, the waist trainer will have to come off because it will prevent your abdomen from expanding.

11 Only Worn for 2 to 10 Hours a Day

Waist trainers are not meant to be worn every day, 24 hours a day. In fact, doing so will weaken your core muscles and your stomach will become flabby instead of strong the was you would like it. If you are going to start waist training, begin by wearing the trainer for only 2 hours a day. Gradually work your way up to, at most, 10 hours a day.

10 Can Cause Back Acne

Wearing a corset or a waist trainer can cause a severe acne breakout on your back. When you have your trainer on, sweat and body oils become trapped next to your skin. Your skin can’t breathe properly, and the results can range from a rash or an acne breakout. To avoid the acne, only wear the trainer for a small amount of time, keep your skin washed, and your trainer dry and clean.

9 Feels Comfortable After Giving Birth

After having a baby, you will have a soft, belly skin. This post baby tummy makes a lot of women feel uncomfortable and celebrities, such as Jessica Alba, have used waist training to go back to their pre-baby tummy. The trainer, or corset, helps hold the belly in place, gets rid of water weight, and according to some, helps reduce uterus swelling.

8 Restricts Blood Flow

Wearing a waist trainer or corset can restrict your blood flow back to your heart. It can also affect your blood pressure. If you already have any pre-existing problems with your heart of blood pressure, you should seriously reconsider the dangers of wearing a waist trainer. This blood flow restriction can also cause fainting and wearing a waist trainer is something you will want to avoid while driving your car.

7 Helps Improve Posture

Waist trainers and corsets force you into a straight posture. You simply cannot slump your back when wearing one because there is not enough room to do so. This is one of the positive benefits to wearing a trainer, although with a bit of perseverance, you could achieve a better, straighter posture on your own without the help of a trainer.

6 Makes You Take More Potty Breaks

One of the biggest complaints among women who are just starting out in waist training is that they always have to go to the bathroom. The waist trainer puts a lot of pressure on your abdomen and their is not enough room in there for your bladder to fill up. Instead, any small amount of urine has to come out immediately or you will feel a constant, uncomfortable need to go pee.

5 Can Cause Constipation

While it seems like your body can’t keep any pee in it and you have the nonstop urge to go to the bathroom, the opposite seems to be true with your bowels. Wearing a corset or trainer can cause constipation. The best way to beat this is to eat a healthy diet that contains fiber and to give yourself breaks from wearing a corset.

4 Weakens Core Muscles

One of the biggest complaints from fitness trainers is that wearing a waist trainer can weaken your core muscles. From my research, this is true if you would wear the corset without implementing any form of exercise. Some women are wearing fitness waist trainers to get speedy results on their weight and fitness training. Still, other women do not wear a waist trainer while they exercise, believing that they are giving their core muscles better training without the trainer. Whether you decide to try out a waist trainer or not, exercising core muscles is essential for a healthy body.

3 Can Help You Eat Less

Many women are claiming that wearing a waist trainer or full corset is like a non-surgical lap band. These devices restrict your eating because there simply isn’t enough room for your stomach to expand inside the trainer. Many women feel that trainers are safer than getting surgery and they can put the trainer on whenever they feel the need to curb their eating.

2 Has No Lasting Effect

A drawback to wearing a trainer is that doctors say it has no lasting effect. Your waist will return to its normal shape shortly after your stop wearing one. In other words, to keep a flat stomach or an hourglass figure, you will need to continue to wear a trainer or corset for the rest of your life or until you grow tired of wearing one.

1 Has Been Around for Centuries

The history of the corset is a fascinating journey through women’s trends and fashion. Women have been using corsets since the 1500s as a form of body modification. By wearing one, their midsection fitted into their dresses better and they were able to either push up their breasts with a full corset or flatten their breasts with one, depending on the fashion. The waist has always been a target, from the hourglass figure to the wasp waist to the simple desire to make the stomach appear flat, the corset in its many forms will probably never fully vanish from our wardrobe.,,


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5 Things To Know About Waist Trainers And What They Actually Do To Your Body

TBH, when I think of waist trainers, I automatically envision a medieval, bodice-like corset. And honestly, I'm not that far off -- except that waist trainers were (sadly) not left in medieval times, and are actually still pretty popular. But, for real, do waist trainers work? Well, let's put it this way: There are a few things you should definitely know before you make the investment and throw that bad boy on.

Waist trainers essentially promise to give women an hourglass figure and core definition without having to engage in any actual exercise. Kind of sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, it pretty much is. First of all, if you've ever actually squeezed yourself into one of these contraptions, you can likely confirm that it's kind of difficult to breathe in it, and overall, your body just feels, well, squished.

Plus, waist trainers are basically promising that you'll tone your body and lose weight in one specific area -- aka "spot reduction," which, as research shows, doesn't work. Besides, if you ask me, the idea of a waist trainer, and achieving a specific type of figure, completely goes against what should comprise a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The real beauty of working out lies in those feel-good endorphins, and the sense of accomplishment you feel when you push your body to do things you never even knew it could do.

But, if you're curious about what a waist trainer actually does to your body, here are a few things that could happen if you decide to wear one.

1. Your Organs Might Shift

When you use a waist trainer, the pressure on your midsection doesn't just affect your outer body. It can have detrimental effects on your inner organs, as well.

Waist-training causes the upper organs to rise and lower organs to move downward. The unnatural shift of these parts of the body can lead to not-so-great symptoms like heartburn, constipation, and indigestion.

I don't know about you, but not being able to poop is not worth it to me.

2. You Could Get Really, Really Sweaty

When you wear a waist trainer, you might notice that you're sweating a lot more because of the pressure put on your body, and its reaction to the latex material.

Eh, no thanks, I'm sweaty enough as it is.

3. Your Core Strength Could Suffer

Waist-training companies tend to tell you that you'll have a defined core on the outside when you wear their contraptions, but they fail to mention what's actually going on inside your body.

If you wear a waist trainer for a long period of time, your abdominal muscles become less and less active. This leads to weakened abs and lower back muscles, because the corset is basically doing all the work to perfect your posture.

I get it, core circuits suck. But if you truly want a toned tummy, waist-training is just not the answer.

4. You Probably Won't Be Able To Breathe That Well

As a human being, I personally enjoy breathing. Waist-training makes that process a bit difficult, so I'm going to go with a hard pass on purchasing one of those bad boys.

Oh, and according to Marie Claire, some women have actually passed out from wearing a waist trainer for too long.

Yeah, sure, that definitely sounds safe.

5. There Could Be Other Serious Health Issues

OK, if you weren't a little sketched out by waist trainers before, you probably should be now.

Apparently, because of the intense compression involved with wearing a waist trainer, prolonged use can lead to more serious health complications in the long run, including things like skin infections, kidney problems, and even lung issues.

In the name of body positivity, and like, you know, just having a healthy, functional body, let's just stay away from waist trainers -- sound good?


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4 Reasons to Throw Your Waist Trainer in the Trash

The desire for shortcuts to a fit body is nothing new—novel “secret weapons” for quick and easy body shaping are constantly brought to market. The latest craze among some celebrities (and, in turn, their fans) is waist training.

Waist trainers are tight-fitting corsets worn for specific periods of time to purportedly reshape your midsection by force. And when we say “tight-fitting,” we’re not talking the slight pressure you feel from Spanx; these waist trainers can, sometimes literally, be tight enough to take your breath away.

How Waist Training Supposedly Works

Composed of thick fabric and hard metal boning, waist trainers are placed around the midsection and cinched down using a lacing system. The idea is to wear the device repeatedly for months, after which time your body is molded into an hourglass figure. According to fans, simply wearing one can take an inch off your waist in just a few weeks.

Waist training is nothing new, and corsets on the market today are basically the same as contraptions that women wore 100+ years ago, except now they come in trendy prints. The recent surge in popularity is likely connected with corseting converts such as the Kardashians and stars of Jersey Shore, who broadcast selfies of their cinched-in waists and curvy hips on Instagram.

Proponents of waist training claim it helps them shrink their waistline, have better posture, and eat less—even if it does make breathing difficult. But do corsets really work? More importantly, is waist-training dangerous?

The Truth About Waist Training (and Why You Should Avoid it)

While wearing a shaping garment every now and then probably won’t do any harm, long-term waist training is simply an ineffective way to slim down. It will do nothing to change your body proportions, and it can lead to many health problems. Here are just a few reasons why you should avoid waist training:

Waist training can damage vital organs

Remember that your torso is more than a column of fat and muscle—it’s home to your lungs, stomach, liver, kidneys, and other essential organs. When you squeeze into a corset, these organs have to adapt, and they end up being pushed into unnatural positions where they are too crowded to function well. In the short-term, this likely just feels very uncomfortable, but long-term waist training can permanently harm organs, disfigure your body, or even fracture your ribs.

You will be slowly suffocating yourself

Waist training can deprive your body of oxygen, reducing lung capacity by an estimated 30-60% while you’re wearing the corset. At best, this can result in low energy and discomfort, but scarier consequences—passing out, fluid buildup in the lungs, inflammation—are also a real possibility. Binding yourself in a corset for weeks on end also restricts your lymphatic system, which relies on deep breathing and normal range of motion to properly remove waste products and toxins from your body.

You can cripple your digestive system

Your esophagus, stomach, and intestines form an intricate network in your abdomen, and extreme compression from a corset can hinder proper digestion. This can potentially cause blockages in your digestive tract, as well as give you acid reflux and other problems. Plus, any weight loss that does occur when wearing a waist trainer is likely due to the fact that your stomach is being crushed—and sacrificing your health for weight loss is simply a bad idea that will soon backfire. (In contrast, losing weight through making healthy changes will have many positive side effects.)

Waist training simply doesn’t work

Contrary to what celebrities say, waist training will not reduce belly fat, make you lose weight, or give you similar results to liposuction. All a waist trainer can do is squeeze your torso for a temporary change in appearance. Like many get-thin-quick schemes, there is no evidence that weight loss while waist training is due to the corset rather than calorie restriction and exercise. In fact, the “health tips” from the Waist Gang Society, a vendor of waist trainers, states that “Wearing a waist-cinching corset, exercising and eating a healthy diet can radically reduce your waist size.” Even waist-training enthusiast Jessica Alba admits that diet and exercise were necessary to achieve her enviable figure. In other words, you can skip the pain, cost, and side effects of a waist trainer and simply focus on diet and exercise.

You cannot drastically change your body shape with a piece of fabric

Aside from losing weight, waist training is supposed to give you a perfect hourglass figure. The problem with this claim is that if hourglass curves are not your natural body shape, you simply are not going to have an hourglass shape once the corset comes off. Even the fittest of people have diverse body types and carry their weight differently; other than through surgery, you cannot dramatically change the shape of your body when you are already at a healthy weight.

The Beauty of Slimming Down Naturally & Proven Ways to Reshape

If you want to trim down and improve your body contours, there is no better method than adopting a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Watch your portions and swap out sugary, processed snacks for fresh, whole foods. Add strength training to boost your metabolism and tone muscles for a tighter tummy. A dietician, personal trainer, or physician can offer guidance on how to lose weight safely and suggest an exercise plan to help you reach your goals. Looking more vibrant and feeling happier are additional rewards you’ll reap from healthy eating and regular exercise.

If you’re already at a healthy weight and want to reshape your body further, consider proven-effective cosmetic surgery procedures for body contouring. You can hear about safe options that are appropriate to your goals in consultation with a board certified cosmetic surgeon in your area. There are multiple procedures that can permanently reduce unwanted bulges, tighten loose skin, and sculpt a more aesthetically pleasing appearance if diet and exercise have not been as effective as you would like.

As for that waist trainer? If you know the risks and want to keep it on hand for rare occasions (perhaps a Victorian-themed costume party), go right ahead. But if you are looking for a tighter tummy, your money will be much better spent on comfortable new workout clothes.


Side Effects Of Waist Trainers

Are waist trainers safe?

Waist training is similar to fad diets and many fitness fads.

It may provide some temporary waist thinning, but it ultimately does not provide a safe, long-term solution to weight or fat loss.

Long-term use of waist trainers can lead to organ damage.

It can also lead to digestive issues, such as acid reflux..

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Is wearing a waist trainer while pregnant bad?

Wear a Waist Trainer: Most shapewear is fine during pregnancy, but waist trainers are absolutely not. … If the waist trainer were tied up too tightly, it could cause rib fractures, limit your mobility, restrict your breathing capacity, restrict your abdominal muscles and affect your posture.

Does waist training flatten your stomach?

Contrary to what celebrities say, waist training will not reduce belly fat, make you lose weight, or give you similar results to liposuction. … Like many get-thin-quick schemes, there is no evidence that weight loss while waist training is due to the corset rather than calorie restriction and exercise.

Can waist trainers cause diarrhea?

Some people online wear the devices 24 hours a day and only take it off to shower. That’s when Dr. Duggan says it gets dangerous. “The other problem with a corset is because its displacing your intestines, and you will get horrible diarrhea.

Is it bad to sleep with a waist trainer?

The medical community, such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, doesn’t generally support the use of waist trainers for any amount of time, much less at night. Reasons not to wear one while sleeping include: potential impact on acid reflux, hindering proper digestion.

Is wearing a body shaper bad for you?

Because of its stretchy nature, shapewear won’t permanently damage your organs, Dr. Wakim-Fleming says. But if you wear a body garment that is extremely tight for a long time, it could squeeze your digestive tract enough to create acid reflux, a condition in which stomach contents leak into the esophagus.

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How do you lose belly fat with a waist trainer?

You might temporarily lose a small amount of weight wearing a waist trainer, but it will likely be due to loss of fluids through perspiration rather than loss of fat. You may also eat less while wearing the trainer simply because your stomach is compressed. This is not a healthy or sustainable path to weight loss.

What happens when you stop wearing a waist trainer?

That’s because, while waist trainers appear to work on a surface level, their effects don’t last long. “When the waist training stops, the bones and organs will go back to normal,” Dr. Shulman says. Our bodies have a miraculous way of doing what they need to do in order to remain healthy.


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With access to celebrity-endorsed weight loss and body altering 'cheats' at an all time high, it's perhaps no surprise that women around the world are desperate to modify their silhouettes.

China has seen perhaps one of the most alarming, with the recent "A4 waist challenge". Women are taking photos of themselves holding an A4 piece of paper in front of their bodies to show that their waists are narrow enough to fit behind it. While the #A4Waist will hopefully be just a fleeting obsession, waist training is sadly showing little sign of disappearing.

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Type "waist trainer" into Google and you'll be met with over 3 million results, including articles boasting their amazing results. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Amber Rose and three of the Kardashian sisters are pretty vocal about their use, too.

What are waist trainers?

Waist trainers are similar to 16th Century corsets in that they cinch in your waist, core, hips and back. The theory behind them is that if you wear them on a regular basis for a set amount of time, your body will eventually retain the shape and reduce the size of your waist, giving you an 'hour-glass' silhouette.

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A survey by British Military Fitness found that 1 in 9 admitted to using a waist cincher and another 1 in 5 wanting to try it in the future. Garry Kerr, Head of Operations and Training at BMF is a firm believer in the dangers of waist training and why it should be avoided:

"They may have an effect when you have it on but as soon as you stop wearing it, the fat will return to where it was and your shape will remain the same."

While there no evidence to support the idea that your body can be moulded into a specific shape using spot reduction, there is proof it can lead to some pretty nasty side effects:

1. Skin irritation

One of the most common effects of waist training is skin irritation. Having something so tightly fastened to your skin for a prolonged amount of time will cause chafing that can cause serious discomfort. You may think a rash is a cheap price to pay for the 'perfect' hourglass figure, but you may not feel the same way if it leads to infection and your shape is the same as it always was.

2. Acid reflux

Anyone who experiences acid reflux will appreciate the intense pain it can cause. By compressing your mid-section, the trainer is also pressing on your stomach up higher increasing your chance of heartburn and indigestion. Not only can it cause pain, but recurring acid reflux can cause long-term damage by eroding the walls of the esophagus.

3. Breathing

As well as putting pressure on your stomach, your entire internal network is being pushed to fit the shape of the cincher. By restricting your diaphragm, you're reducing the amount of oxygen you can take it. This can leave you feeling short of breath, light headedness and even cause you to faint.

4. Bruising

Unlike traditional corsets, modern waist trainers don't have the same strength to affect the shape of your bones. This will means you will be left with bone bruises as the trainer compresses your body. You may not think this sounds that bad but bone bruises are significantly more painful and long lasting than regular bruises. With social media users getting younger and younger, there is a far greater risk to children whose bones have not formed fully as cinchers could actually affect the development of their bone structure.

5. Numbness

Not only will your blood flow be limited by the compression, your nerves may also be affected. This could cause you to experience pins and needles or numbness in your legs.

6. Psychological toll

Although a waist cincher will make your waist appear slimmer while you're wearing it, every time you take it off your unhappiness with your shape will be perpetuated through comparison. You're constantly reminding yourself of how much you dislike your body and being fooled into thinking your ideal figure is just out of reach. This false hope can even leave you with the belief that diet and exercise is no longer necessary, as well as becoming addicted to the wearing the cincher. In the long-run, you'll most find the whole experience rather distressing when the desired results are not met.

Izzy CapelinSocial Media EditorPsychology graduate turned digital marketer.

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