To the girl at the gym, wearing that horribly uncomfortable neoprene band around your stomach. WHY???
Not sure if it’s just me, or the fact that I’m in Central America, but I have been noticing an abundance of women at the gym wearing a “waist trainer” while working out. If you are not familiar with a waist trainer or “trimmer,” it is a band that can be worn around your midsection which supposedly melts fat and tricks your waist into thinking you are Barbie. They are ridiculous.
First, the good. Oopsy, this part was just a joke. There is nothing good about waist trainers, they are an abomination. In my opinion they take women back to the times of foot binding and rib bruising from wearing tight corsets. If you want to wear a waist trainer just for a special day or night, kind of like spanx, that’s one thing, but to wear one 24/7 in hopes of a smaller waist, bad idea folks!
The bad. The bad part is they do not work and they are (I imagine?) uncomfortable. Personally I can not wear tight jeans without getting a stomachache. Why anyone wants to have something tight around their waist for fun is beyond me. if you are thinking, “I am not doing this for fun, I’m doing this for results” think again. A waist trainer may cause you to sweat more while working out or doing daily tasks, but in the end, excessive sweating does not result in greater weight loss. Excessive sweating results in 1) consuming more fluids or 2) dehydration (very bad).
The ugly. Not only are waist trainers ineffective, they can be downright harmful.If worn too tightly they can cause acid reflux, shallow breathing, and potentially cause rib damage. Also, back acne. No one wants backne.
Now that we know what doesn’t work, what does work? High intensity interval training, lifting weights, plank variations, eating healthy. All of those things actually work to make you stronger and slimmer, but none of them change your physical bone structure.
Tell me, have you ever worn a waist trainer? What was your experience? Are there any other weight loss or body shaping gadgets/supplements you would like me to blog about?
*Please note, if you were advised by your physician to wear a “waist trainer” or other device postpartum that is a different situation and may be advisable.