Waist Trainer – Do they really work?
If you haven’t heard about using a waist trainer – the latest ‘slimming’ craze favoured by the A-list who love posing up a storm on Instagram in their elasticated waist cinchers, a practice officially known as ‘waist training’.
Shapewear is a bit of a guilty secret—for guys as well as for women. Whether you want to look fantastic in that LBD, slim down to fit into a wedding dress, or just take a few pounds off your appearance, shapewear is a great way to go.
Traditionally “waist training” referred to the use of steel boned corsets to develop an exaggerated hourglass shape. By cinching a corset tighter and tighter, the waist trainer corset was able to pull in a woman’s floating ribs and even do a bit of rearranging of her internal organs to effectively reduce the circumference of her waist. The effect is semi-permanent, requiring continued corseting even after the goal reduction has been achieved. Not sure which one to buy? Check out our 6 best waist trainers for beginners.
More recently, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose have redefined the term with the use of latex waist cinchers during workouts, shifting the entire concept of waist training (we refer to this practice as “waist taming”). Women discussing “waist training” these days are, more often than not, likely discussing it as a part of their workout plan.
Let’s face it, we all like to look our best – and there is nothing wrong with that. Looking good can be a serious boost to your confidence, and that translates into a happier and a more active social life. This is why body shapers exist, in addition to helping your clothes fit much better.
Obviously, due to the high demand these accessories have, there are several body shapers in the market. But not all of them are designed to make you look as good as you would like to. This is why you should settle for nothing but the best body shapers in existence; and here they are.
Shapewear isn’t a fitness gadget, and it’s not going to actually help you lose the weight. Instead, it will “cover a multitude of sins” to help you look good even if your body isn’t quite where you want it to be.
There are many brands to choose from: Body shaper, MiracleSuit, Spanx, and the list goes on!
Differnce Between Waist training and Waist Taming
Understanding the differences between steel boned corsets and latex waist trainers and what each of them can do is a very important part of educating yourself if you are considering waist training. In addition to the information below, you may want to check out the waist training section of our blog for some real life stories from waist trainers and the results that they have achieved.
Qualities of a good waist trainer
- Beautiful shapewear for your butt, tummy, hips, and love handles – Very high-waisted brief, easy to put on/take off, durable, affordable, great for shaping/slimming, not too tight, and moves with your body
- Great control/holding without being uncomfortable
- Well-made and very reasonably priced
- Smooth your hips, tummy, thighs, and buttocks
- Great for layering beneath pants, dresses, and leisure wear
- Seamless, soft, an all-day wear
- Shape your butt, tummy, and hips
- Comfortable; stays firmly in place
- Lightweight, breathable, and versatile
- Creates perfect hourglass figure
- Thick material slims down every bulge
- Eliminate bulges in your midsection, hips, and thighs
- Excellent support without the squeeze
- Totally replaces the need for a bra
- Lifts, perks, and enhances your breasts’ appearance
- No digging or poking, highly comfortable
- Seamless cups, easy to put on and remove
Comfortable, practical, great for layering, seamless, no panty lines, invisible beneath dresses, and can be worn all day long.
For those who want a pair of shorts to wear beneath any outfit, there are excellent items of shapewear. Their mid-thigh length means they can be worn under any knee-length dress, and they’re beautifully soft and comfortable.
The fact that some of them don’t offer tight compression and slimming means you can wear them all day long without discomfort. These lightweight shorts keep things securely in place without squeezing.
Some shapewears are perfect for wearing under a cocktail dress, leisure outfit, or formal wears. The shorts are comfortable all day long, and they’ll help your hips, thighs, tummy, and butt look amazing.
They’re durable, comfortable, and built for maximum shaping without being too tight.
Smooths out your midsection, enhances shape of butt, no visible panty lines, doesn’t roll down, good for all occasions, smooth, comfortable, and not too tight.
For women who want to control their tummy and tighten up their buttocks, there are some girdle that do focus primarily on the sides and stomach. They are tight enough to keep everything in place, but not so tight you’ll feel constricted.
One of the best are those made with a combination of polyester and spandex, they are durable, surprisingly soft, and breathable. The antibacterial lining of the girdle will keep bacteria away, no matter how much you sweat. The material even wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable.
In most cases, they are slim enough to be invisible beneath even form-fitting dresses, and it will do wonders to improve your curves. They are perfect for wearing with beautiful dresses, comfortable, good slimming shape, solid material, no visible lines, no pressure or tightening on your legs or arms, secure hold, slim shoulder straps, and built-in bra.
For those in serious need of a body shaper, the waist training cincher made of cotton, spandex, and latex, are the best as they are made of spiral steel bones, which are able to provide a little more rigidity than most body shapers. For this reason, it can do a lot more for your posture and shape. You will have a flatter tummy and a more defined waistline after wearing such body shaper. Regardless of such waist trimmer amazing body shaping capabilities, such shapers are also quite flexible
How waist training works…
Essentially a waist trainer is a wide elasticated belt. The theory is (and we say the word ‘theory’ very, very loosely) that used continuously, the belt ‘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 swear by them, then a lot of people want in…
Makers say that you should wear the waist trainer for around four hours every single day. If this sounds too uncomfortable by half, try consuming a few of these genius flat stomach foods instead, a pretty good starting point that doesn’t require sucking in fat and can make a difference to your silhouette, without any discomfort…
Are waist trainers dangerous?
Unlike lace-up corset, 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 light-headed to say the least.
‘Aesthetically, and superficially, waist shapers work. The best is those made of industrial-strength latex – breathing optional.