If you have been on Instagram, you probably noticed a trend: Workout selfies are out and waist-training selfies are totally in. Celebrity moms like Kim Kardasian, Kim Zolciak and JWoww have been posting pictures showing off their freakishly small waists in these tight corsets, which are supposed to “train” your post-baby body into an hourglass figure. Find out which celebrity moms are “obsessed” with waist trainers and if they really work or not.
Are you telling me that I have been wasting my time at the gym when I can simply slap on a corset and train my stomach into a perfect hourglass shape while I sip on wine and eat bon-bons? I didn’t think so, but let’s look at all the celebrity moms who swear by this trend.
Kim Kardashian helped start the waist-training craze, saying she is “obsessed” and posting several selfies wearing the compression garment. She prefers the Waist Gang Society, which will cost you around $133.
It wasn’t long before the entire Kardashian clan jumped on the waist-training bandwagon, including Khloé and Kourtney, who recently gave birth to her third child.
We are just waiting for Rob Kardashian to post his own waist-training selfie. Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion the Kardashians are getting paid a little something for promoting these waist trainers? Moving on…
The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kim Zolciak, who has six (yes, six!) kids loves posting pics of her perfect figure, thanks to waist training (and a little post-baby tummy tuck and possibly some photoshop).
Jersey Shore star JWoww just got new F-cup breast implants after she gave birth to her daughter Meilani, and, of course, she is waist training as well.
Her BFF Snooki had to follow her lead…
Amber Rose’s best friend Blac Chyna, who has a son with her ex, Tyga, touts her love for waist training as well.
OK, but what happens when you take them off?
The Waist Gang Society info page explains that waist training became popular in the Victorian era and promises that it does several things.
“Our reshaping line will strengthen your core all the while improving your posture,” the website says. “The thermogenesis created within your body will allow your body to rid itself of harsh toxins and impurities, through perspiration. While wearing a garment or waist trainer, the tight compression will help to reduce food volume intake which will help achieve the healthier practice of smaller meals, more often, rather than three large meals a day.”
There is no doubt that a waist trainer gives you an hourglass figure while you have it on, but does it stay that way when you take it off? Do most people even care since the entire point is to take a selfie with your waist trainer on? I would imagine that all that squishing can’t be good for your organs, especially since you are supposed to wear them for a minimum of four hours per day.
Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors says that they not only don’t work, but they can be unhealthy since they press and constrict your internal organs. “When you press those inward, what can’t happen? Your diaphragm, which allows your lungs to expand and contract, can’t do its job,” he said.
Who cares if they are unhealthy, as long as they help you lose weight… right? I’m kidding of course, but Dr. Stork explains. “It doesn’t help you lose weight. If anything, if you wear it too tight, you’re not allowing your body’s natural core musculature to develop,” he says, totally bursting our bubble.
Sorry to be a buzzkill, but your best bet is to put on a waist trainer, take a selfie, remove it one minute later, take a deep breath, appreciate your natural (and normal-looking shape) and then hit the gym.