What is the optimum body form for you? If you could have your way, how would you want to appear? Curvy comes to mind. With a biggish breast, it’s in at the waist and out at the hips.
Not many of us have the typical hourglass form these days, and we have a considerably less visible waistline and carry a lot of weight around our middle part. We’re more outward-looking than inward-looking, and we’re straight up and down rather than curving. Stress, a high-fat, high-sugar diet, and a sedentary lifestyle are all contributing factors.
Are You Ordinary?
In the United Kingdom, the typical woman’s waist size has increased to nearly 34″ from a healthy 31.5″. In the 1950s, the average British lady had a waist measurement of 27.5″ and hips of 39″. Can you picture what you’d look like if you looked like that?
Worryingly, our lack of a waistline can be a sign of serious health issues. Doctors consider a wide waist a warning sign for long-term health difficulties such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility, and cancer.
So, how do we slim down our waistlines?
Waist training is one technique to achieve it…
Since Kim Kardashian began doing it, waist training has become all the rage on social media. She flaunted her teeny-tiny waist in photos all over Instagram, and it has had a significant impact on women who desire to get the same results.
I am questioned a lot about waist training. How do you do it, and do you agree that I should do it? Here’s my take on the benefits and drawbacks of waist training.
Read to the end to see if I succeed…
Waist Training: 15 Things You Should Know
- Wearing a waist training belt for long periods is required for waist training. The belt is constructed of latex rubber with boning and fastens down your front with hooks and eyes. To allow you to train your waist, most waist trainers come with two or three sets of hooks and eyes.
- Waist training is a long-term endeavor that necessitates commitment and patience. It takes weeks of using a waist trainer for 8-10 hours a day for results to appear.
- It would help if you used a specialized waist trainer to train your waist rather than a waist cincher or shapewear. Waist training is not the same as wearing a waist cincher for a couple of hours on a night out, and it’s in a different league altogether!
- Wear your waist trainer on the widest setting to begin training your waist. After a few days or even weeks of consistent use, your waist will begin to shrink physically. This is when people begin to adjust the waist trainer fastenings. This is what waist training is all about. You repeat this process until your waist trainer is too large. You have the option of stopping there or getting a smaller one and repeating the process.
- Many people discover that when they are waist training, their appetites are lessened. It essentially squashes your stomach and functions similarly to a bariatric belt. You will find it difficult to eat large meals while waist training. This can be beneficial if you’re trying to curb your eating habits. However, if you have an eating disorder and need to keep track of your meals, this could be a terrible thing.
- Waist training can cause a lot of sweating. If you don’t have more than one waist trainer, things can get a little stinky quickly.
- Waist trainers must be washed by hand. Due to the high rubber and elastane content, they do not behave well in the washing machine. And don’t even consider tumble drying them; the bones would be destroyed!
- If you have any health issues, you should avoid waist training. Anything untoward: high blood pressure, c-section scars, etc. Waist training places a lot of strain on your body, so it’s not for everyone.
- Anyone under the age of 18 should not attempt waist training. You’re still developing, which could lead to difficulties.
- If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you should never use a waist trainer. It squashes your insides and moves things around, so having a baby in there would be a nightmare!
- No doctor will ever advise you to exercise your waistline, and it is not seen as a healthy activity to perform on your body.
- When worn for an extended amount of time, waist training might hurt your back muscles. Your waist trainer works similarly to your muscles, removing the need for you to use your muscles, and they may become weakened as a result of this.
- Waist training might force your internal organs out of place if you take it too far.
- Waist training will not affect your body fat percentage, and its sole purpose is to shuffle stuff around. Yes, you may lose weight due to eating less, and however, waist training will not affect your BMI!
- Waist training has only a brief slimming impact. When you stop wearing your waist trainer for an extended period, your waist will begin to return to its natural form.
Waist Training: My Personal Opinion
I’m not a big fan of waist training, and I can’t help but think it’s detrimental to your physical and mental wellbeing. Putting your body under so much stress while also being conscious of what you eat and drink is not a healthy way of life.
Waist training isn’t the same thing as wearing shapewear. Shapewear is only meant to be worn for a short period, and its purpose is to smooth you out, make your clothes fit properly, and increase your self-esteem. Waist training is quite extreme, very bodily dysmorphic, and very unhealthy.
Being a serial Slimming World failure, I’m not one to speak up, but the only way to lose weight healthily is through food, exercise, and stress reduction.
And not spending hours in front of the computer composing blog entries…