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The Waist Training Phenomenon: Does it Actually Help You Lose Weight?

September 19, 2015 2 min read

Waist training has taken hold in Hollywood for a long minute now. Celebrities, including the Kardashian clan, like to post pictures to social media showing off their cinched sides held in by a strange contraption reminiscent of centuries long ago. But it begs the question as to whether it is simply a gimmick or a look, or if it really can work to whittle down the middle? And while it's been known to grace the waists of women in the past and present, the corset garment body-changing tool has now made its way to men thanks to the company Hourglass Angel. If even men are jumping on the bandwagon, something must be happening ... right? According to Calories and Corsets: a History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years, by Louise Foxcroft, corsets popped up in the 17th century in England during a booming sugar importation. Today's revival? It may have risen in Colombia, where new moms were looking to get their pre-baby bodies back intact. And then there are those, like the littlest of the Jenner crew, who find that the juxtaposition of the tiny waist look to the hips creates an almost impossibly perfect curvature to the human frame. waist training But how exactly did people go from calling this garment a corset to a waist trainer? Can it actually change the shape of your body? It seems like an impermanent fix that can only be achieved while the actual item is on, but with so many people fans, it seems something must be going right. Companies are claiming the process of “fat cell mobilization” is the science behind the trainer. Meant to be worn all day long, including during exercise, the garment supposedly works because the fat surrounding the waist will grow tired of being suffocated for such a prolonged amount of time, so it will give up and go somewhere else. And as for the company, Hourglass Angel, who is now making the product for both men and women alike? They claim it works by increasing sweat rate. They even suggest “pairing a waist-training regimen with a healthy lifestyle that includes nutritious eating habits and exercise.” They also add, “While you’re wearing your waist trainer, you might find yourself eating less because your stomach is restricted.” What do you think of this new trend in weight loss? Source: Men's Health Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_109236" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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