Waist trainers provide a waist slimming effect, but it is only temporary. They do not provide permanent change and will not aid meaningful weight loss. These garments also have several associated risks, including breathing difficulties, digestion issues, and organ damage due to long-term use.
Waist trainers need to be worn 8-10 hours a day for weeks to months to produce results, and usually require diet and exercise to shape the body.
Contrary to what celebrities say, waist training will not reduce belly fat, make you lose weight, or give you similar results to liposuction. All a waist trainer can do is squeeze your torso for a temporary change in appearance.
What are the risks and side effects of waist trainers?
Aug 24, 2020
The medical community, such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, doesn't generally support the use of waist trainers for any amount of time, much less at night. Reasons not to wear one while sleeping include: potential impact on acid reflux, hindering proper digestion.
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You might temporarily lose a small amount of weight wearing a waist trainer, but it will likely be due to loss of fluids through perspiration rather than loss of fat. You may also eat less while wearing the trainer simply because your stomach is compressed. This is not a healthy or sustainable path to weight loss.
The short answer is: Yes! The slightly longer answer is: as long as you practice what we at OC call “safe and sane” waist training practices, corseting and waist training is perfectly safe. Waist training only cinches in the two lower floating ribs of your body, which are intended to move anyway.
If you plan on waist training, the keyword is “gradually.” Don't tighten to the point where it's painful. We recommend gradually increasing your time from 1.5 hours a day to around 6-8 hours a day over the course of 10-14 days. Take your time lacing yourself down tighter; don't rush it!