What is Waist Training?
Traditionally, waist training is the practice (commonly among women) that involves using steel-bone corsets or waist trainers to develop an hourglass figure. The practice involves cinching the corset or waist trainer tight around the waist, expecting to contract floating ribs or even rearrange internal organs with the result of reducing the waist’s circumference. In more recent times, the use of a latex bands or waist trainer is now more widely used. While less effective than the sturdier steel-boned corsets, these are more painless and provide more flexibility.
It should be noted that waist training is has semi-permanent results; meaning, it requires continued use of the apparatus even after the goal is achieved. An hourglass figure via waist training is nowadays used primarily as a fashion statement or as a way to captivate an audience in a social setting. It should be clarified however that waist training has no bearing on weight loss except for maybe restricting food intake due to the constraints of the corset.
Is Waist Training Safe?
An hourglass figure is not mandatory for women in today’s time so the question becomes a matter of preference. As people are born and shaped differently, you may have different levels of tolerance to the practice. Regardless, it’s best to use safe and sane corsetry practices when pursuing waist training and to not hesitate to remove the corset or trainer completely on the onset of pain.
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What are the Results?
Results in waist training vary depending on a number factors such as:
- Length of time wearing the corset or waist trainer
- Frequency of wear
- Tightness of the apparatus
These factors are subjective to a person’s tolerance, need and preference — more so, a person’s genetic predisposition may incline better results than others. Body structure and genetics differ from person to person so even if the above variables are applied the same, no two people would still have the same exact results.
We are fortunate to live in a time where an hourglass figure is not expected of the female form as opposed to before. While there is certainly appeal in the sexy results of waist training, it must be stressed that “no pain, no gain” has no room in this practice. Safety and comfort in your own body should trump any unrealistic view of beauty. Ultimately, the best shape you’re in should be the shape you are now.