Waist trainers are to the modern woman what corsets were to older generations. The fact that they work is indisputable. You’ve only to look at celebrities like Khloe Kardashian to see how impressive the results can be. Waist trainers (and corsets) work by constraining the waist, which makes it both impossible to overeat and enhances the sensation of being bound. The “bound sensation” is what women in the past did not enjoy about corsets. But the resulting narrow waist has never been a complaint.

Are Waist Trainers Safe?

Waist trainers do carry inherent risks. If worn over a long period of time, and with sufficient tightening, a waist trainer can actually displace internal organs. Think of it. Some of your organs are in the waist area. If you squeeze them out, they have to go someplace. This organ displacement can lead to issues with digestion or even lead to internal bleeding. Obviously, this isn’t a risk that is worth having a smaller waist.

When Using a Waist Trainer Makes Sense

There are situations when using a waist trainer makes sense. If you have trouble controlling your appetite, and thus are heavier than you’d like to be. A waist trainer can help. Likewise if you don’t have a waist to speak of. A lot of women just don’t have an hourglass figure. If your shape is more straight up and down and less shapely, then it might make sense to try using a waist trainer and see if you like the results.

What to Avoid When Wearing a Waist Trainer

Now, a waist trainer can potentially help with your weight and shape goals. Some women even note that wearing a waist trainer gives them body confidence and hope, so they feel more empowered to reach their fitness goals. But first, here are some ways not to use a waist trainer:

  • Never go to sleep wearing a waist trainer
  • Don’t do heavy exercise wearing a waist trainer
  • Never wear a waist trainer while breastfeeding or while pregnant
  • Don’t wear a waist trainer longer than eight hours

Waist trainers can be a good idea as long as you don’t use them incorrectly. Be sure to check with your general practitioner before embarking on a waist training regimen, especially if you have any existing medical issues.