Poster girl curvy celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna etc have all endorsed various brands of waist cinchers and corsets on Instagram, leading many people to believe that this is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to attaining the elusive hourglass figure.
These celebrities have hinted at ease of wear, effectiveness and attractiveness as some of the reasons for wearing these shaping garments and while it may be something you may be curious to try, we think you should read this excerpt from MEDICALDAILY.COM before you make that decision.
Health experts say that waist training isn’t effective, or even entirely safe.
“It’s going to make you look slimmer when you have it on, but I don’t know any physiology that would explain that you’re going to lose body fat by wearing this device,” Stephen Ball, associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, told TODAY.com.
“People want a quick fix. They don’t want to put in the effort that it actually takes and so I’m sure lots of women will see these pictures and go out and spend their money on these types of devices when they should be focusing on exercise and healthy eating.”
Corsets have been used throughout history to induce form-fitting beauty standards. Also known as tightlacing, the practice diminishes the volume of the lungs, making it more difficult for the tightlacer to breathe. In addition, tightlacing can change rib structure as well as the position of organs such as the liver, which is pressed upward. It was particularly popular during the Victorian era, but has since lost its appeal in general fashion. But the practice has reemerged in recent years among celebrities like Jessica Alba, who used a corset to help her keep her shape after giving birth. There’s also something called the “Corset Diet,” which essentially squeezes your stomach to the point that makes it painful to eat too much — and painful to breathe, and probably to move, as well.
“The notion of an external brace or corset reshaping your midsection is pure pseudoscience. While it is possible to elongate or stretch a body part over years, as some African tribes have proven with their customs, it is not at all possible to do the same to the trunk of the body — especially after coming into adulthood, when the torso’s bones, tissues, and organs have grown to maturity”.
Please never hold yourself to the standards of everything you see on Instagram, as many sellers of products such as waist cinchers, corsets and body wraps on that platform are frauds and promise unrealistic results by photoshopping the pictures featured on their pages.
Also, many celebrities who have endorsed these products do so for personal gain and many have undergone plastic surgery such as liposuction and fat transfer to achieve such results.
Eating healthy and exercise are still your best bet to getting your dream body. And don’t forget about self love! No shortcuts.
What are your thoughts on the new waist training obsession? Sheer madness or worth the try?