Are Waist Trainers Safe?

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Are Waist Trainers Safe?

Thanks to celebrities like the Kardashians and Jessica Alba, waist trainers are becoming a rage once again, and everyone from teen girls to mature women seems to be getting one. If you are also thinking about getting a waist trainer to get that perfect body, then you must be wondering if waist trainers are safe for you, what are the dangers of using waist trainers or if waist trainers are safe after pregnancy.

Well, like a good friend, we are here again with a small piece of advice and some useful information that will come in handy before you go out and buy a waist trainer for yourself or someone you love. Here you go.

First things first! Just because a celebrity is using or endorsing a product, it does not mean that it actually works and you should go out and get one. They are paid thousands of dollars to promote the products and brands online. Now, let’s begin from the bottom!

What Is A Waist Trainer?

Waist trainers are the modern-day corsets that women in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries used to slip into their excruciatingly tight and uncomfortable dresses. Manufacturers claim that all you have to do is wear a waist trainer for at least eight years every single day for up to six weeks and what you will get in return is the perfect hourglass body.

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What Does Science Say About Waist Trainers?

Apart from the fact that women have been using corsets for centuries to shape up their waistline, there is no other proof that a waist trainer actually helps you lose fat. It just forces your waist inwards, giving you a temporary hourglass shape. Only continuous waist training can help you maintain the shape you long for but then it can lead to severe complications.

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What Are The Risks?

It shouldn’t be surprising that these painful waist trainers are actually damaging your body instead of helping it. Here are three ways putting on a waist trainer can be harmful:

#1. These Can Harm Your Organs

As per the several studies, some of which date back to the 20th century, have found that long-term use of corsets can lead to displacement of internal organs or cause them a permanent damage. MRIs of women wearing waist trainers have also shown the liver and kidneys to be crushed and the digestive organs to be pressed by the ribs.

#2. These Can Cause Atrophy Of Abdominal Muscles

It becomes hard to breathe while wearing a waist trainer, even when you are not doing anything. So, if you do not indulge in waist training exercise, you can lose your abdominal muscles. That is why waist trainer manufacturers emphasize on working out with their product.

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#3. These Can Cause Dehydration

When you wear a waist trainer, your core heats up, and you tend to sweat profoundly, which puts you at the risk of dehydration. While mild dehydration isn’t serious, a severe case can lead to headaches, fatigue, fainting and even seizures.

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Are Waist Trainers Safe To Wear After Pregnancy?

Though working out with a band around their waist may help new moms feel comfortable, it might be a little too much for the body. Even mothers who have used a waist trainer or some other kind of post-natal waist band have argued that the product did not do much good to them.

Well, now that you know all this, you can choose for yourself if the pros of wearing a waist trainer outweigh the cons of it. Would you wear it now, or have you ever worn one? Tell us your opinions through comments in the dedicated section below.

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