Waist training has been around for centuries as the hourglass figure was all the rage around the 1500s. Since then, corsets and the like have had a long history as they waned in and out of style. The modern era largely gave them up in the context of offering women more freedom of movement. Nowadays, however, they seem to be making a comeback as celebrities and influencers use them to idealize a slim waist.
As it turns out, the answer is a bit complicated. It may not help in losing body fat, rather just excess water through sweating which constitutes some weight loss. And even though the science does not really back it, user testimonials swear by their effect. A waist trainer should be seen as an accessory that complements other efforts to get into shape. At best, it can give a boost in the right direction and work towards your goal body.
Another big claim is that cinchers promote weight loss by decreasing the appetite, and that is true — technically speaking. It does that by temporarily compressing the stomach so that one would feel uncomfortable if eating a large meal. However, this aspect requires caution as it can result in potential damage, especially to those prone to eating disorders. Besides, by only physically restricting the amount of food you ingest, it does nothing to help burn existing fat.
Cinchers do indeed improve posture. How does it work? By giving your lower back the proper support that it otherwise lacks from all those hours sitting in a chair. Slouching will be nearly impossible, making you seem taller and more confident. This will greatly affect your self-esteem, and people will take notice of the elegant way you carry yourself.
New moms can experience the benefits of wearing a waist cincher including after a C-section. It can help in firming up abdominal muscles that have stretched and deteriorated during pregnancy. It offers support and promotes healing while simultaneously making a woman feel more comfortable in her new body. Better yet, it keeps loose belly skin under wraps until it recovers, thus making mom feel like herself.
A cincher is a quick-fix for pesky love handles and potbelly. Tucking them in and reshaping your waist into that famous hourglass shape can do wonders for your body image. Not only will your posture change, but wearing one under your clothes can have an instant slimming effect that will not go unnoticed.
Choosing a Cincher
A waist cincher is essentially a contemporary interpretation of a corset, minus all the lacing up. Instead, you will most likely hook up the same tiny clasp used on bras. At the same time, they usually don’t have ‘bones’ making them less restrictive than a corset might be. They are made of latex which is looser and suitable for beginners and you can even exercise while wearing it. Or they can be made of fabric which makes them considerably more rigid. Both kinds can be worn seamlessly under your regular outfits.
In high demand but still controversial could easily describe these garments. And while they do have indisputable benefits and can do wonder for your self-esteem, it’s important not to overdo it! They might hide some ‘imperfections’ and enhance your qualities, but in the end, nothing can replace a healthy lifestyle. So use them with caution and as a complementary measure to exercise and proper nutrition.