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Waist Trainer Gone Wrong! You Will Not Believe These Mistakes

Waist training is a wonderful tool to shape and mould your midsection into getting a Kim Kardashian or Jessica Alba hourglass figure, and avoiding cosmetic surgery. It can directly and indirectly help you cinch your waist and lose the inches.

However, as with any weight loss tool to get rid of body fat and get a smaller waist, you can go too far—which can be dangerous and lead to negative side effects or health risks. In this article, we’ll cover how a lot of people misuse waist training and the errors they make.

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Wearing Waist Trainers - What Could Go Wrong?

Waist trainers can give the waistline amazing results and a snatched waist if used correctly, especially for a post-baby postpartum body. However, like any tool, it is very easy to misuse them and many people do.

This is often because they are impatient, don’t know how to use it correctly or because they didn’t select the right product. Another huge misconception is to get waist trainers confused with corsets. Here are the top ways that people go wrong with waist training:

Not Being Prepared

Waist training isn’t something you jump into head first. Unlike other shapewear you need to take some time to prepare your body and also your mind. Waist training can be a little uncomfortable initially, because you’re probably not used to having something physically restrict your waist hours on end.

So, the first thing to do is to go slow. Wear it for about 1-2 hours a day, and slowly build up to around 5 hours. You should also take days off during this transition time (say 1-2 days per week). During this transition time, you’ll notice that you’ll sweat more around your waist, and you will have to eat differently.

For the sweating, you’ll need to up your water intake. For the meals, you should eat smaller meals more frequently because eating a huge meal while wearing a waist trainer is going to be really uncomfortable.

Getting The Wrong Size

This is another mistake that people make, especially those impatient to see results. It is very tempting to buy a size that is too small thinking that it will give better results, but that will only have dangerous consequences and can backfire.

Waist trainers come in a variety of sizes, so you have plenty of choice. In fact, Luxx has 10 different sizes with 3 torso lengths. You can contact the manufacturer, who can help you figure out a safe size for your measurements.

There’s no hurry to get the smaller sizes because most people go down a size anyway as their waist training progresses. With the ideal size, you should be able to breathe and carry out a normal conversation or carry out basic physical activity such as walking around the house.

Ignoring Your Body Cues

Some people take the term ‘No pain, no gain’ too seriously. While that may work in the gym, it is a dangerous thing to live by in waist training. If you feel sharp pains in your abdomen, you should stop waist training immediately.

This could also be a signal from your body that you’re doing too much waist training. So, level down the waist training a little, until you can do it comfortably. Never ignore your body’s cues!

In extreme cases: Organ Damage

This sounds scary but it doesn’t happen with regular waist training - specifically with certain corsets! There are two instances where you may increase your risk of organ damage. Firstly, you’re either overdoing the waist training or wearing far too small a size of a waist trainer. This can put pressure on your rib cage and lung capacity, leading to breathing problems. You should only wear a waist trainer for a maximum of 8 hours a day, and never when you’re sleeping.

The second reason is that you’ve confused a waist trainer for a corset. Corsets have a much more rigid structure and often use rigid steel boning that is not flexible at all. It’s like putting your abs in a little steel cage, which is horrible.

Waist trainers on the other hand, are far more flexible, and have flexi-steel bones that conform to your body rather than squeeze your organs. So, pay attention to the bone material before you buy a ‘waist trainer’. A lot of ‘waist trainers’ are really just corsets.

Wearing Waist Trainers For Too Long

Another common mistake is to wear a waist trainer for too long. They are only meant to be worn for a maximum of 8 hours during the day. You should never wear it while you are sleeping or working out at the gym.

As we mentioned before, pay attention to your body and don’t ignore pains or cues.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly - Waist Training Gone Wrong

The results you see above is what happens when confuse corsets for waist trainers. Waist trainers will give you more realistic cinching in your tiny waist. It will not make you look like Jessica Rabbit!

The only way waist training will give you such extreme results is if you overdo it (wear it for too long or wear too small of a waist trainer)—which is dangerous. So, when you’re purchasing online, be careful of extreme before and after photos. The product may be a corset and not a waist trainer.

Is Waist Training Dangerous Then?

Waist training is not dangerous at all, when done correctly. The most important things to keep in mind are to be patient, be prepared and don’t overdo it! Listen to your body.

When Can I Expect Results?

The fastest way to have results is to combine waist training with other fat loss methods such as a healthy diet and a good exercise regimen. You won’t see optimal results with waist training on its own.

Eat plenty of vegetables, ditch the sugar and refined foods. Get plenty of cardio and follow a good ab workout.

It’s also important to have a realistic goal when it comes to waist training. Be wary of photos you see on social media that may have been tuned or photoshopped to give extreme results.

What You Need To Know to Safely Waist Train Without Worries

Here are some things to keep in mind to waist train safely.

Tip #1 - Lead a Balanced Lifestyle

As we mentioned, lead a balanced lifestyle. Don’t use waist training as a substitute for poor dietary choices or a poor lifestyle. It will make it worse, and you’ll only become more impatient with your results.

Tip #2 - Staying Hydrated and Nourished

It is so crucial to stay hydrated! The waist trainer will heat up the abdomen and cause increased sweating. So, you need to replace this lost moisture and electrolytes by keeping hydrated.

Tip #3 - Work On Posture

The great thing with waist trainers is that they encourage you to have a good posture. Keep your back straight and don’t let your gut bulge out. This will cause the waist trainer to dig in and cause discomfort. Besides, good posture will make your waist look slimmer over time as well.

Tip #4 -Be Strategic When You Wear A Waist Trainer

As we mentioned, you don’t need to (and shouldn’t) wear a waist trainer for too long. You only need a couple of hours a day (4-5 hours when you’re really experienced).

Time this session, so that it doesn’t coincide with any large meals or drinks! For example, eat your biggest meals in the morning and afternoon. Then wear it in the evening when you’ll be eating a light dinner.

Tip #5 - Don’t Exercise With It!

Waist trainers aren’t meant to be worn during exercise. If you’d like to still have something for support, opt for a waist trimmer belt instead. They are more flexible and allow a greater range of movement.

Waist Training Safely - Our Tips

As we mentioned, make sure you get your sizing right. Contact Luxx if you need help with sizing, as we have an impressive 10 sizes to choose from.

If you need to exercise, keep yourself hydrated at all times. Wear a waist trimmer belt for extra support during exercises like the deadlift or squats. Here are some more tips that will help you waist train safely.

Summary - Being Careful When Waist Training

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We help women shed that stubborn belly fat by using body contouring garments that help support and shape the waistline so you can look fabulous and feel confident!

To sum things up, waist training is not dangerous at all if you use them as instructed to get an hourglass shape, but there are some ways that people abuse it by treating it like a fad or quick fix and not taking it seriously. Don’t wear them for too long (more than 8 hours) or when you’re sleeping.

They are also not meant to be worn during intense workouts at the gym. A waist trimmer belt is more appropriate for this.

The common mistakes people make which makes waist training dangerous are: going for sizes that are far too small for their body shape and confusing corset training with waist trainers. Corsets are far more rigid than waist trainers and can squeeze or damage your internal organs over time. Waist trainers use flexi-steel bones that don’t suffocate your body.

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  • Have you had anyone use waist trainers after having a hysterectomy? If so how long after can you use one?

    Charlene Lee

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