Posted on July 28, 2017 by Brittney Loveall-Talley
Can a waist trainer help you lose weight? We've worked with thousands of women over the years who are waist training, and we can confirm: a waist trainer doesn't magically melt your belly fat (contrary to some celebrity claims).
The truth is, a waist trainer is only helpful in trimming inches off your waist when used as part of a weight loss program. We've heard from many women who combine waist training with healthy eating and exercise to shrink their waists. Here are some real before and after examples.
Wearing a waist trainer can help reduce your appetite at meal times. It also "shapes" your waist into a more classic hourglass shape. The waist trainer essentially acts as an external LAP band, reducing the amount you can eat.
"The corset physically restricts your stomach, and that can make it impossible to overeat," New York City nutritionist Brittany Kohn, R.D. told Shape Magazine.
Again, waist trainers don’t melt fat … they simply redistribute it while reducing appetite at meal times. If you want to lose weight, exercise and eat your vegetables!
If you decide to proceed from here, you can make the waist training process safer and more comfortable by following some basic rules.
Waist training is not dangerous if you are willing to use common sense and listen to your body. We suggest the use safe and sane practices anytime you wear a waist trainer, whether you're a serious waist trainer or you're simply wearing a corset as a complement to your fashion. The conversation goes something like this:
"Is your waist trainer causing you pain?"
If the answer is a resounding "YES!", then loosen it or take it off completely! The idea of no pain, no gain does not apply here. Slow and steady is the rule of thumb for waist training.
Considering wearing a waist trainer? We've listed below the ones we recommend for getting started based on your body type and torso length. "Waist Trainer" is a generic term that refers to waist cinchers, corsets and other similar shapewear. See here the differences between corsets and cinchers.
A short latex cincher with strong shaping power. The shape memory latex helps in streamlining the abdomen, decreasing waist size, correcting posture and urging the bust upwards.
An extra firm short waist cincher designed to nip the waist. Works great for short torsos. Use this garment to target your pooch or create an extra curve at your waistline.
A shape memory latex cincher that helps in streamlining the abdomen, decreasing waist size, correcting posture and urging the bust upwards.
The CS-201 is a ridiculously comfortable corset that "hugs the body" without an extreme cinch. And, because it is relatively short, it will fit most body types and torso lengths. The mesh is ultra breathable for comfort.
The CS-411 corset is a popular style that will fit many shapes. It has plenty of curve at the waist, but is relatively short and does not require an ample hip. The mesh is breathable for wearing comfort.
The best-selling corset style, the CS-426 features an extremely contoured underbust and longline length that extends down over the hips for most women. Satin is the best fabric for wearing under other clothes.
The answer is ... it depends. We've put together a little video below that helps answer this question.
See our full list of waist training tips here.