After seeing it on plenty a Kardashian Instagram, we started to get curious. What exactly is waist training? And does it actually work? So, just in time for bikini season, we called in topical expert Vanna B, author of Waist Training 101: A Guide to Using Corsets to Slim Your Waistline to give us the low down on this new beauty fix.
So how does waist training work?
Regular wear of a steel boned corset can mold the floating ribs and abdominal fat to it’s shape, gradually decreasing the waistline. The floating ribs are the two lowermost pairs, and because they are not connected to the sternum (breastbone) like all the others, they are more flexible and malleable.
Besides a smaller waistline, are there any other benefits to wearing a corset?
In addition to shaping the waistline, other ways in which corsets are beneficial are that they improve your posture and help you consume less food. You’ll find that while you’re wearing your corset you simply won’t be able to eat as much as you normally would. The compression caused by the corset reduces the stomach’s capacity, making it easier to eat less.
So how do you go about picking out a corset?
Corsets come in various shapes designed to provide different silhouettes, but the best kind for a waist training beginner is a basic hourglass shaped corset. A good quality steel boned corset should be used. A lot of people are confusing fajas (a Columbian latex garment like the one Kim Kardashian wears – see above) for a corset. Aside from corsets’ steel boning, other differences include sizing by waist circumference in inches as opposed to the S, M, L sizing of fajas, and corsets have a steel busk closure in the front and laces in the back, which enables you to pull them tighter than a fajas’ hook and eye closure.
How do you measure yourself for a corset?
You’ll want to measure your natural waist as opposed to where the waistband of your pants sit. Your natural waist is the smallest part of your waist and it’s usually about two inches above your navel. Order a corset four to five inches smaller than this measurement.
Is waist training safe?
Many articles on waist training will have some doctor quoted saying it’s dangerous and can hurt your organs. But you’ll notice that they never provide any statistics or evidence supporting their claims, and that’s because no proof has ever been furnished showing that waist training actually harms the organs.
It does compress them and cause them to shift, but organs are malleable and able to easily adjust to changes in our body form as they do anytime we twist, crunch, or bend during exercise. […] However, you should not put a corset on and tie it as tight as you possibly can, trying to force extreme results in a short period of time. Slow and incremental waist training allows your body to get accustomed to the corset and the changes it causes.
How do you know if you’re doing too much, too soon?
If your corset is too tight you could begin to experience numbness, tingling, or shortness of breath. All of these are signs that you’ve laced your corset too tightly and you should either loosen it or remove it immediately.
Is waist training permanent?
Results last as long as you continue wearing the corset for maintenance. When you’ve reached your ideal waist circumference you can begin to wear your corset less frequently and for shorter periods of time. But if you stop wearing it altogether, your waist will begin to expand back to its normal size.
And there you have it, ladies.