Up at Healthy Performance Towers, we came across a video on the BBC website yesterday about a new weight loss craze, waist training. Waist training has become a regular and controversial talking point on social media sites and its popularity has risen in part, thanks to celebrity endorsement from the likes of Kim Kardashian.
What is it?
Waist training involves wearing a device made from tight material – think of a modern-day, gym-friendly version a Victorian corset – for long periods of time in the hope of changing the body. Hundreds of thousands of people have been sharing their experiences of waist trainers online and their attempts to lose weight in the supposed right places, but there’s also been a backlash against them.
What is wrong with this method?
You probably don’t need to be a qualified GP to realize that “training” your waist to shrink sounds like a bad thing to do. In fact, experts generally agree that there’s no way it can really work—and it might do real bodily harm.
Waist trainers work by constricting the abdominal walls, which is where important muscle and adipose tissue sits to protect your internal organs. When you constrict this area, it stops blood flow getting to this tissue, and therefore to those organs. Additionally, when constricting, your body cannot release fat from that area. This means it actually could even start gathering fat in the waist area, as this area can’t free up any fatty acids.
The secret as always can usually be attributed to one key aspect in our lives – balance. The most realistic method to achieving a slim and toned waist, without causing serious damage to your bone structure(!), lies in exercise and diet.