For centuries women have experimented with enhancing their bodies to appeal to societal standards of beauty, and over 100 years later wearing corsets has made a comeback under the name of “waist training” (formally called tight-lacing). This piece of equipment is advertised as being capable of doing what regular exercise cannot: flattening your stomach AND giving you a curvy hips! It’s a miracle right? Celebrities have been flooding social media timelines everywhere showing off their stylish waist trainers and their jaw-dropping results while simultaneously getting any self-conscious female to join the band wagon.
I am here to tell you that your favourite waist training celebrities have lied to you and so have the companies that sell these bone-crushing contraptions. The motive behind this commodity is for women to buy into a celebrity-endorsed trend that actually has no benefits. The three most popular companies that sell waist trainers are all using the same information (word for word) about how they work without any scientific research to back up these ‘so-called’ benefits.
Here are the top 5 lies told about waist trainers and the actual truth:
1. “The waist-trainer will strengthen your core all the while improving your posture…”
The truth: Waist training does not improve your posture it only makes it difficult to move around. Unless you have a spinal injury or broken ribs, the only benefit a corset will give you is keeping your body stiff. Your abdominal muscles will also weaken the more you wear your waist trainer because daily activities that require using your abs will not be in use.
2. “The thermogenesis created within your body will allow your body to rid itself of harsh toxins and impurities, through perspiration…”
The truth: Thermogenesis means ‘production of heat’ and our bodies do this through exercise, shivering, and eating. Since you can’t do neither in a waist trainer, this makes the above statement false. Sweating does remove toxins and impurities from your body but only through a full-body workout. The amount of sweat you will produce wearing a waist trainer will only give you back acne, cause dehydration, and make you feel uncomfortably moist.
3. “The tight compression will help to reduce food volume intake which will help achieve the healthier practice of smaller meals, more often, rather than three large meals a day…”
The truth: The tight compression will cause heart burn, shortness of breath, acid reflux, digestion problems, and form mucus in the lower lungs. The worst part of all is that waist trainers compress your vital organs close together which can be life-threatening.
4. “It’s really that simple all you have to do is wear the garment…”
The truth: There is nothing simple about reshaping or altering your appearance when your internal organs have the potential of being harmed. Back in the 18th and 19th century, corsets were the cause of many health conditions such as irregular heart beat, broken ribs, abnormal menstrual cycles, constipation, and death.
5. “Rather than buy one corset, purchase two strong corsets and alternate them so that each corset gets to ‘rest’ between each wearing…”
The truth: Marketing scheme! If you didn’t believe me earlier then here is the proof. Any company that encourages its consumers to purchase two of the same product to maintain them is full of it. There is no point of ‘breaking in’ a product if you need to buy another one in a few months to make them last longer.
The overall problem is the excessive use of waist trainers and women thinking it can replace exercise and healthy eating. There is no harm in wearing a corset for a few hours to give a seamless appearance to an outfit. If women want to look their best they should dedicate their time and money towards fitness classes or a personal trainer, a dietitian or nutritionist, and a cart full of healthy groceries :)