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Waist Trainer Shapewear: The Ultimate Guide to Selecting and Wearing Waist Trainers

Let’s get started with a bit of history…

While waist training is a modern day creation having been popularized in the twenty first century by various celebrities, the concept of women reducing their waist’s size has been around for many centuries.

Before the modern day waist trainers were conceptualized, there was the fashion of wearing corsets.

Corsets have been around since the 1550s, when wife of King Henry the Second, Catherine de’Medici banned people with ‘thick wastes’ from the royal courts.

This prompted a movement for corsets that were made with metal and other tough material which would cinch waists and make them appear more slender.

Initially corsets were worn as part of dresses rather than under them. They used to be decorated with embroidery and other fashionable ways to mask their industrial strength and use. This was so they could be worn as part of dresses themselves.

From shapewear to underwear

It was only later during the Victorian era when corsets became something which was to be worn under the dresses women wore. They became a sort of underwear.

And this is how you should look at waist trainers: they are underwear that helps you keep things in place and fight gravity!

After this, the corset was popularized amongst women who wanted to appear more slender while their chests, hips and buttocks were more emphasized upon. With corsets, the initial materials used were whale bones, metal and other strong material which would help hold the waist in a slender shape.

At times a layer of metal was added between the corset material and the person wearing it, to give it an extra layer of reinforcement!

While traditionally corsets have been used for fashion purposes, they are also at times used for medical reasons where doctors have prescribed them to patients with back problems.

A lot of patients with back issues are asked to wear corsets for helping their posture and back alignment.

But most popularly, corsets and now waist trainers have been and are used for fashion purposes.

So after centuries of popularity, the corset started to die down with only a handful of women practicing the art of waist training with corsets.

One of the reasons for their reduction in terms of popularity was because of the widespread opinions about waist trainers being harmful to people as they pushed your internal organs into unnatural positions and cause a lot of damage internally to those who wear it.

But waist training is absolutely not a thing of the past…

However, a few years ago, waist training came into being as it was popularized by the Kardashian and Jenner sisters. The sisters who star in a reality television show, started using waist trainers and encouraging their followers to try the trend out as well as they continuously commented on how beneficial the waist trainers had been for them.

But, what do waist trainers actually do?

Much like corsets, waist trainers also aim to cinch a person’s waist. However, there are a few differences. The material used to make waist trainers is not as severe as the material used to make corsets. Waist trainers are made with a stretchy material, a special latex kind of a material, that is not as severe at steel or whale bone reinforcement like it had been in the past.

Waist Training: Permament shaping effects or not?

The side which says the waist trainer’s effects are not permanent say it’s because the waist trainer is made of a stretchable latex material and the waist loses its cinched shape once you take it off. While corsets made of tough material such as steel and whale bone are said to have permanent effects after you wear them for a while, a waist trainer is said to not have the same effect.

However, those in favor of waist trainers swear by the fact that it does indeed make a permanent change to the size of a person’s waist.

They say it should be worn for a couple of hours every single day; a minimum of four hours of wearing a waist trainer is recommended if you want to ensure that your waist is permanently altered and your body retains the hour glass figure you aim to achieve.

While waist trainers are more acceptable to physicians, there have been constant warnings by physicians in the past 200 years about the evils of wearing corsets. They are said to ‘squish’ you internal organs together and restrict breathing.

Anything which is supposed to alter the shape of your body through the use of force cannot be good for you. Thus people are always cautioned in regards to whether or not the waist training trend is appropriate for them.

A lot of celebrities specifically try out the trend after they have given birth and are trying to gain back the figure they have prior to having a baby. Since the waist trainer also acts as a sort of motivation, showing you the kind of slender waist you can achieve if you keep on dieting and exercising it is a great way to keep yourself motivated.

However, one should be warned about the problems modern day, latex based waist trainers can cause. If you are considering waist training, you should be equipped with all the facts so you can make an informed decision about whether or not wearing a waist trainer is the correct decision for you.

Much like corsets, waist trainers are said to have a similar if not as drastic effect on your internal organs. A lot of times wearing a waist trainer can cause you to become dehydrated since the garment encourages a lot of sweating due to its properties of thermogenesis.

It can also negative impact your back muscles because you will start to rely on the waist trainer for supporting your back and keeping it in shape hence your back muscles will not be active and start to deteriorate as they are not being used as much.

Other than that, a waist trainer might also interfere with your breathing and cause discomfort when you exhale. This can cause a lot of health problems as you can imagine since restrictive breathing can never be a good thing.

It can even cause skin irritation and rashes as well as other problems which might arises on the surface of your skin due to wearing a garment so tight on your skin for prolonged periods of time.

Since a lot of celebrities have fan followings which consists of young impressionable girls, it needs to be clearly communicated that people with growing bodies should not wear waist trainers under any circumstance since they will restrict their natural growth and impede their height and other physical developments.

Recently a lot of companies have popped up which are selling waist trainers. These companies usually recruit high profile celebrities or social media influencers to advertise their products on social media.

Waist trainer myths: what’s true and what’s not!

 

And to boot, waist trainers are said not to be as severe and harmful to internal organs like corsets are. The fact is that with waist trainers, there is more room and the severity of the product is not as much since it aims to provide a temporary solution instead of a permanent one.

 

As the material is stretchy, it does not restrict breathing or pushes internal organs too badly. While with any item which aims to cinch waists will logically make restrict breathing and push back fat and hence organs as well, a waist trainer is not as bad as a corset.

A waist trainer mainly tries and pushes back the fat in your belly and love handles so that your waist area seems slimmer. This creates an illusion of a very slender silhouette. Most people prefer to wear waist trainers under their clothes since it gives the impression of a very sleek silhouette.

A lot of people wear waist trainers while exercising since they appreciate the logic behind how a waist trainer is supposed to encourage and increase sweating which in turn helps you not only lose weight but also increases thermogenisis which is when you sweat out all the toxins from within your body.

Even if you are not exercising, a waist trainer is supposed to increase sweating and the process of thermogenesis hence when you wear a waist trainer, the theory is that your body is constantly getting rid of toxins and other harmful chemicals which reside within your body.

Other than that, waist trainers are supposed to give you a lot of benefits.

 

What are the benefits of waist trainers?

 

A waist trainer is supposed to not only reshape your waist but also strengthen your core. Exercising is a great way of making your core stronger and with waist trainers, you can make this process even better. Waist trainers are also supposed to improve your posture by making you sit and stand up straighter since there is a pressure against your back which encourages this.

Logically, when you are wearing a garment which is tight around your waist and belly, you cannot eat as much as you normally do. Thus a waist trainer also encourages smaller meal portions; there is a lesser chance that you will over eat or eat unhealthy food items.

The idea that while waist trainers restrict bigger meals, you can substitute your three big meals a day with several smaller meals that you eat at shorter intervals this will ensure that you will amount of nutrition in a better way especially if the smaller meals you eat are healthier in nature.

Hence, your will be able to keep and maintain a better figure if you keep wearing the waist trainer as well as exercising and eating smaller but healthier meals.

The trend has gotten a rise in popularity because of various celebrities and socialites buying into the trend and showing their own progress and experience while wearing a waist trainer; it has caught on very as a trend among the masses as women also aspire to achieve the coveted hour glass figure the waist trainer promises to help you get.

While a waist trainer gets you an amazing silhouette while you are wearing it, once you take it off, the effects themselves  are not as permanent. However, this point seems to be heavily debated with people on two ends of a spectrum; one side claims that the waist trainer’s effects are not permanent while the other side swears that wearing a waist trainer regularly helps in retaining your shapely waist permanently.

Waist Training: Permament shaping effects or not?

The side which says the waist trainer’s effects are not permanent say it’s because the waist trainer is made of a stretchable latex material and the waist loses its cinched shape once you take it off.

While corsets made of tough material such as steel and whale bone are said to have permanent effects after you wear them for a while, a waist trainer is said to not have the same effect.

However, those in favor of waist trainers swear by the fact that it does indeed make a permanent change to the size of a person’s waist.

They say it should be worn for a couple of hours every single day; a minimum of four hours of wearing a waist trainer is recommended if you want to ensure that your waist is permanently altered and your body retains the hour glass figure you aim to achieve.

While waist trainers are more acceptable to physicians, there have been constant warnings by physicians in the past 200 years about the evils of wearing corsets.

Some waist trainers are said to ‘squish’ you internal organs together and restrict breathing. Anything which is supposed to alter the shape of your body through the use of force cannot be good for you. Thus people are always cautioned in regards to whether or not the waist training trend is appropriate for them.

Waist Training After Giving Birth

A lot of celebrities specifically try out the trend after they have given birth and are trying to gain back the figure they have prior to having a baby. Since the waist trainer also acts as a sort of motivation, showing you the kind of slender waist you can achieve if you keep on dieting and exercising it is a great way to keep yourself motivated.

However, one should be warned about the problems modern day, latex based waist trainers can cause. If you are considering waist training, you should be equipped with all the facts so you can make an informed decision about whether or not wearing a waist trainer is the correct decision for you.

Healthy eathing habits and hydration are key…

Much like corsets, waist trainers are said to have a similar if not as drastic effect on your internal organs. A lot of times wearing a waist trainer can cause you to become dehydrated if you don’t drink enough water since the garment encourages a lot of sweating due to its properties of thermogenesis.

It is very important to take off your waist trainer and have periods of rest.

Wearing a waist trainer 24/7 can have a negative impact on your back muscles because you could start to rely on the waist trainer for supporting your back and keeping it in shape hence your back muscles would not be active and start to deteriorate as they would not be used as much.

Other than that, a waist trainer might also interfere with your breathing and cause discomfort when you exhale.

This can cause a lot of health problems as you can imagine since restrictive breathing can never be a good thing.

It can even cause skin irritation and rashes as well as other problems which might arises on the surface of your skin due to wearing a garment so tight on your skin for prolonged periods of time.

Can waist trainers be worn by teenagers?

Since a lot of celebrities have fan followings which consists of young impressionable girls, it needs to be clearly communicated that people with growing bodies should not wear waist trainers under any circumstance since they will restrict their natural growth and impede their height and other physical developments.

Recently a lot of companies have popped up which are selling waist trainers. These companies usually recruit high profile celebrities or social media influencers to advertise their products on social media.

Finally, and to wrap things up, Foxy² final advice is:

Just like everything in life: moderation is important. Yes, wear your waist trainer, but not extremly tight, hydrate yourself, eat properly, and take breaks!

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