What is a Waist Trainer?

If you have been researching on how to get slim or even if you have a social media presence and follow giant female celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian, you would have noticed the new trend, namely waist training that is being endorsed by many people, famous and not famous alike. Waist training aims at reducing the waistline, thereby shaping the body into an hourglass figure and appearing slimmer. What exactly is waist training and what are its origins? Is waist training actually effective and beneficial or is it just a hoax to stay away from? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the text below.

Structure of Waist Trainers

Waist trainers are corset-like pieces of garments which you wear enclosing your waistline and abdomen. They can be worn under any piece of clothing, especially loose fitted apparel so that they can easily be concealed. They feel a little stiff as that is how they are made in order to train the waist.

History of Waist Trainers

During the 1500s in France, the wife of King Henry II introduced an absurd rule where she forbade any woman with an unkempt waist from coming into the court. This started what we call today as waist training. Women were forced to opt for desperate measures to appear slimmer and that is when corsets emerged which, when concealed under clothes, pulled women’s waits and stomachs inwards creating the illusion of a slimmer figure.

Starting from the 16th century, the tight fitting corset took many shapes and sizes and was called “stays” or “pair of bodies” before evolving into full garments called corsets in the 19th century. Since their birth, corsets have become a recurring face in fashion, sometimes being in trend while other times phased out, however always reappearing. These days, during the 21st century, corsets, now also known as waist trainers, have again made an impression on people with famous celebrities wearing and posing in them and swearing by their effects.

How to Practice Waist Training

There are some things to consider before mindlessly starting to practice waist training. In order to achieve the best results, you should be more informed about the pros and cons of waist training and how to properly practice it without jeopardizing anything.

Discuss your body’s dimensions with the buyer you are getting your waist trainer from and make sure that whose opinion you consider is a professional. Do not start waist training aimlessly without a plan of how many days to wear it for and also make sure that you are not training your waist for more time than is required as this could damage your abdominal organs as well as your lungs, reducing their capacity to breathe. Also make sure that you are not wearing the waist trainer too tightly.

If you feel crippling discomfort and prolonged pain near your waistline, abdomen, and chest even after you take the waist trainer off, then consult a physician and, if needed, discontinue its use. Train your waist responsibly.

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