The Real Housewives of Atlanta star even claims to have lost four inches from her waistline. And Jessica Alba says she wore a corset for three months after having a baby, noting, the experience was “brutal” and “not for everyone.” Ummm, Ok…? CrossFit is brutal… Running a marathon is brutal…
Anyways, waist training is essentially corseting with a fancy, new name. The corseting trend ended in the early 20th century, long, long ago, but here we are in 2015 where people are buzzing about celebs and their waist trainers. Can wearing a waist trainer really make you thin? Is it healthy? No, absolutely not.
Experts have warned women of the risks of waist training which includes rib damage, chafing, vomiting, internal organ compression, bruised bones and trouble breathing. Sounds pleasant right? Maybe this is what Jessica was talking about when she said it was “not for everyone.”
And, get this, women who wear waist trainers aren’t losing any weight, it’s just distorting your body. Essentially, the waist trainer is clinching the waist making it appear slimmer—magic! Once the corset is off, your body will return to its normal shape. Women say that waist trainers are uncomfortable and that they restrict movement, but people are still wearing these things. The things people will do for the perfect Instagram selfie.
But not me. Here’s five reasons why I will never wear a waist trainer.
Reason No. 1 — It’s Not Healthy
There’s no health benefit to wearing a waist trainer. There are serious health risks, instead.
Reason No. 2 — There’s No Real Result
Once you take the waist trainer off, your body returns to it’s normal shape.
Reason No. 3 — It Distorts Body Image
Wearing a waist trainer can not only harm you physically, but mentally. Setting unrealistic standards for your body can be harmful to your mental health. Eating disorders, depression, overworking in the gym…
Reason No. 4 — It’s Uncomfortable
I prefer yoga pants. There’s no way I’m lacing up in a waist trainer. Comfort over everything.
Reason No. 5 — It’s Just A Fad
Trends come and go. Who knows what will be next. Plus, these things are expensive. Some waist trainers like the ones from Waist Gang Society sell for more than $130. No thanks. I’d rather buy a new pair of Nikes.