Khloe Kardashian has one. Kim Kardashian-West and Amber Rose do, too. According to many, these women possess the quintessential female body shape-the hourglass figure- with a large bust, tiny waist and curvy hips.
It is well-known and well-documented, that women will go to great lengths to achieve that “36-24-36” shape. One of the latest attempts is the waist trainer- a compression undergarment that’s akin to a girdle and meant to “train your waist” to be smaller.
According to Google, searches for “waist trainers” have more than doubled in the past year! Of course, thanks to endorsements from celebrities- including Jessica Alba, the Kardashians, Brooke Burke, and Snooki- who claim that these products are the secret to their beautiful physiques. Many women are even taking to social media to document their waist training progress- more than 146,000 photographs have been tagged #waisttraining on Instagram alone!
But can you really train your waist?
Companies that sell fitness waist trainers claim that they “compress your core, ramp up perspiration, release toxins, and metabolize fat.” The tight fit also restricts your abdomen, reducing your food intake during the day. Advocates assert that these garments will help you lose fat and inches from your waist.
The basic premise behind these waist trainers is that they spot reduce fat around the center of your body. This is an extreme misconception. If you want to lose body fat, you’re going to do that through exercise and a sensible diet. You CAN NOT target where you will lose fat from. We would all be walking around with dream bodies, wouldn’t we? Waist trainers will not cause you to permanently lose fat on your belly; they can simply cause a re-distribution of the fat (and organs) in your midsection.
Waist trainers also make you sweat… alot-due to the fact that these trainers are typically made from latex. When you sweat, you’re shedding water weight, and that’s not fat- but it can appear that you’ve lost fat… well, until you drink water again. People may lose weight initially- whether that be from water weight or reduced food intake- but you would have to wear the thing forever in order to keep the weight off and to keep the shape.
So, what’s the best way to achieve an hourglass shape?
Simple. Exercise and eating right.
If you’re not willing to put in the effort, then anything else is the equivalent to taking a magic pill (and trust me, I’ve searched for that pill my entire life-If there was one out there, I would’ve found it by now 🙂 )