Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen everyone from Snooki to the Kardashian clan wearing waist trainers, cinchers, corsets, whatever you want to call them. They’re not only wearing them, but they’re endorsing and promoting these torture devices like they’re the beez neez. Mic drop, it’s a BIG FAT LIE!

Everywhere you look on social media you see overly sexy cinched barbie waists and big bubbly booties popping out. I mean these things are practically the new black, right?!?! WRONG! There are so many things wrong with these filtered, photoshopped, and misleading devices…not to mention that health dangers.

Okay, so let me just start by saying DO NOT buy a waist trainer, wear one, believe they work, think you should try, envy girls who are wearing them, get sold on a “quick fix”, or even think for a second that they’re a good idea.

Let’s start with an experiment (except, please don’t really do this!) Go get a rubber band and wrap it around your finger really tight for a few hours (the type of tight that hurts and makes the tip bulge and turn purple) After a few hours, remove the band. Even from here, across cyberspace, I can assure you that you’ll have an indention. Like an nice hourglass shape on your poor finger! However, after some time when the blood gets back into the tip of your finger and oxygen starts flowing freely again, your soft tissue will eventually pop back into place and your finger will look normal.

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Okay, so lesson one, soft tissue can be manipulated, it can also return to it’s normal state, and it’s not necessarily a good thing. So when you take off the rubber band and the magic is over, you find out that it was not only uncomfortable, but only a temporary fix.

Lesson two, Here are just a few of the major dangers with those damn medieval torture chambers:

  1. These “trainers” are just cramming all of your insides and organs together
  2. The intense squeezing puts strain on your heart, lungs, and diaphragm (often making it difficult to breathe)
  3. Woman have passed out due to lack of air while wearing waist trainers
  4. Organs like your colon, liver, and stomach get shifted around and can even be rearranged after prolonged use
  5. Increase in heartburn/indigestion as a result of the passageways being restricted
  6. They may cause bruising on your ribcage, leading to major discomfort #notfun #dontsignmeup
  7. Hello deep lines, itchy wrinkles, sweat, and rashes ughhhh gross
  8. For years, research has shown that you can NOT spot reduce, so give it up

Listen, wearing a corset or body shaper under a dress or garment to get a specific silhouette for a short amount of time is okay. Like squeezing into your wedding dress, I get it. But, if you have a coach or trainer telling you to invest in a waist trainer, I’d say it’s time to find a new coach!

Research shows that waist trainers are dangerous and don’t actually work to loosing inches off your waist, so what does work. Ding Ding Ding, you are correct….Eating healthy and exercising! Sorry to burst your quick fix bubble, but stop spending time on ways you can cheat and just focus your time on putting in the work. You’ll get there and I’ll tell you what, you’ll feel so much better about yourself knowing that YOU did the work and you did it all in a healthy, safe way!

XOXO Jess #waisttrainersareawaste

Written by: Jessica Glazer

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