If you haven’t heard about waist training - the latest ‘sliming’ craze – then you’re clearly not fans of the Kardashian’s. The showbiz family including Khloe, Kourtney, Kim and Kylie, love posing up a storm on Instagram in their elasticated waist cinchers.
But the Kardashian’s aren’t the only fans. In a magazine interview Jessica Alba revealed she wore a double corset ‘ day and night for three months’ following the birth of her daughters saying ‘it was brutal; it’s not for everyone but it was worth it.’
What’s the hype?
Essentially a waist trainer is a wide elasticated belt. The theory is (and we say the word ‘theory’ loosely) is that used continuously it trains your tummy to hold a smaller, firmer shape. There’s really no science behind it but some wearers swear by them. Naturally, if the Kardashian’s own them wants one.
Makers say that you should wear the waist cincher for around four hours every single day. Sounds uncomfortable.
Not to be confused with a boned corset
Dita von Teese told the Huffington Post, ‘It’s funny because I’m watching the (waist training) trend and it’s like the blind leading the blind. People that actually know a lot about corsetry are not the ones publically speaking about it. And I’m seeing some of these corsets that they’re saying are waist shapers and I’m like, ‘That doesn’t work.’ They’re like stretchy fabric. If you really want to get into it you should probably look into real corset makers that have been doing it for decades and decades. Waist trainers are just a fast fix. If you put on a corset and you pull the strings tight, you instantly have this silhouette and it’s great – but it’s not going to modify your body if you’re not engaged in the serious regimen of it.’
What they say
The guys who make the waist trainers for the Kardashian’s, the Waist Gang Society, say on their website; the ‘waistshaper is a unique latex material which attacks unwanted fat and impurities within your body. Our reshaping line will strengthen your core all the while improving your posture. The thermogenisis created within your body will allow your body to rid itself of harsh toxins and impurities, through perspiration. While wearing the garment or waist trainer, the tight compression will help to reduce food intake which will help achieve the healthier practice of smaller meals, more often, rather than three large meals a day.’
Do they work?
We’d love to tell you these are the quick fix you’re looking for. If they were don’t you think we’d be the first ones wearing them around the clock? The truth though is they don’t work – well, not at least in the way you’re hoping. They instantly slim your waist while you’re wearing them, so as shape-wear at least they have some merit. But if you’re thinking this is your short cut to a Dita von Teese waist then don’t get your hopes up. There is absolutely nothing to prove that they can make you permanently slimmer. After all, where would the fat go?
We’re thinking the magic is more likely in the contraption’s discomfort, we can’t imagine it’s easy to overeat when your insides are being compressed like a vacuum-packed piece of meat. If there is any reduction at all in the size of your waist it’s likely down to sweating like a pig – or the thermogenisis the Waist Gang society talk about, but it won’t be down to the compression.
Is it safe?
Anyone who has ever worn a lace-up corset will tell you that at times it can be difficult to breathe. (Shocker). The corsetry compresses your bladder, your lungs, your kidneys, you name it, so you certainly won’t be doing yourself any favours wearing one for long periods of time.
Elasticated waist cinchers aren’t so brutal; they’re tight, of course, but they won’t compress your insides in the same way as a corset. That said, if you’re wearing one that’s too small or too tight, you can feel lightheaded to say the least.
Here’s what we’re thinking; got something fancy and clingy to wear? A waist trainer is ideal in that situation; it smoothes over bumps and muffin tops, and carves out a neat silhouette. But, if you’re looking for long term spot reduction for your tummy area? It’s time to get back to the gym. Sorry.