Waist Trainers; Figure 8 or Healthy Organs?

Waist trainers are found in almost all female closets, sometimes in hand bags even. And why not, how else to get that perfect shape in the pretty dress? These contrapments come in various types and often remind us of the corsets of old.

A waist trainer is the magic wand that helps most women get that perfect figure 8. By decreasing waist size, at least temporarily, this cloth/device/equipment helps to push fat from the waist and redistribute above and below to accentuate the curves. Most social media and television personalities finish up their picture-perfect looks with the aid of a waist trainer. But at what costs do we get these perfectly slim waists?

Waist training
Shape enhancing corset

Also, most historical physicians believe that corsets were responsible for a great number of female health problems. Having the same structure as a corset, a waist trainer is more than likely to recreate one or two health issues itself. But first, a look at how it works.

How does the waist trainer work

Figure enhancement
Shaping up…
  1. The smallest waist ever achieved on a woman was 13 inches. Such extreme waist size reductions will take years to achieve, depending on the wearer’s body shape. Let’s face it, you can’t magically shrink a size 14 to an 8 now can we?

2. Also, effectiveness of waist trainers also depends on how muscular the stomach is and stomach fat. After effectively tying or hooking up a waist trainer, within a year, losing an inch might be feasible.

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3. Ribs: Waist trainers or corsets when fastened, push all the fat in the torso[abdomen/mid-region] up and down towards the breast and hips. This reduces the size of the mid-section. Some corsets are shaped to reduce from up and widen downwards towards the waist.  This means there will be immense pressure on the upper torso and that will heavily affect the ribs. The lower ribs will be continuously pushed inwards with every waist trainer session.


4. Internal Organs:  Most internal organs get pushed together in unnatural positions in the body. This is comparable to when a pregnancy distorts the position of the internal organs due to the weight and pressure of the womb.

Long Term Effect

How waist trainers train the waist
The Insides
  • The waist trainer does not actually get rid of any of the excess fat or mass that adds inches to our waist. On the contrary, it simply redistributes this fat and holds it in for the while until you take it off. So, there is very little long-term reduction in size.
  • On the other hand, a waist trainer squashes the organs so tight that ingesting any food will be near impossible. This can reduce food consumption and maybe influence portion control. On the long run, the quasi-starvation might help lose a few inches if maintained.
  • Breathing: Tightened ribs basically reduces the volume of the lungs and limits functionality to upper parts of the lungs. This phenomenon is known as intercostal breathing and causes the appearance of a heavy chest when breathing.
  • The lesser utilized lower lungs often experience a build-up of phlegm or mucus. A persistent cough is a sign of the body trying to get rid of the build-up.
  • The liver gets pushed upwards and it will develop to fit the new position. This might result in the liver pressing against the ribs. Some growths called accessory lobes may also develop off the liver.
  • The compression of the stomach can result in indigestion and other digestive issues. Compressed intestines worsen constipation. Fizzy drinks will easily cause trapped gas since there is very little space for proper movement of food and digestion. These digestive inadequacies are easily resolved upon removing the waist trainer.

End Not

Wanna get that flat belly at all cost now?

Looking good is very important, a fact that a multi-billion-dollar fashion and cosmetic industry can attest to. But on the other hand, feeling good should be way more important than the looks. The benefits of a waist trainer are often temporary and it will be much easier to be able to breath well.

How often do you use waist trainers? What has your experience with them been like?