Why You Should Avoid Waist Training

Wearing a corset used to be associated with Middle Ages, sexy underwear, and even musical or burlesque performances. Today, the word corset usually makes people think of waist training. This type of training was largely popularized by members of Kardashian/Jenner clan. Other celebrities joined this weird way of losing wait and sculpting body. Soon after, “regular” girls and women started with waist training as well. We can explain that with the fact that people do whatever Kardashians or Jenners do without even realizing that the things they do (or wear) are usually WRONG. Waist training is no exception. In fact, Dita Von Teese famously stated that celebrity trend of waist training is completely wrong and described it as “It’s like blind leading the blind”. And guess what, she is completely right.


Christopher Ochner, PhD, weight loss and nutrition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital told to Marie Claire that wearing corset can squish your lungs and ribs. In turn, you experience breathing difficulties. He also added that some women even passed out from wearing a corset for far too long.

“Spot reducing doesn’t exist! You can’t reduce the collection of fat in one particular area of your body. If you push your stomach in, all the fat will go right back where it was no matter how long you wear the corset for” says Ochner.


Christopher Ocnher isn’t the only doctor who claims that wearing corsets won’t, actually, help you sculpt your body. For example, Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine revealed to Women’s Health mag that it scientifically and medically has no sense that clinching your waist tightly will make it appear smaller permanently. She also added: “Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape.”

Doctor Minkin also revealed that along with breathing difficulties, wearing corsets for too long can also damage your rib cage.

If you want to appear slimmer at a party or some other event, wearing a corset might not be a bad idea. However, there is no scientific proof that wearing corsets regularly can help you lose weight or sculpt your body to get the hourglass figure. In fact, your health can be significantly affected.

Therefore, when trying to lose weight it’s always better to do it the old-fashioned way by making some lifestyle adjustments that include physical activity coupled with healthy diet.