Are there any long-term risks?
Most doctors agree that you shouldn’t wear a waisttrainer for too long or too tightly to harm your internal organs. You might also feel some discomfort in the short term.
If you didn’t mind the discomfort and kept the waist trainer on, too few calories could be unsustainable. It could even prove to be dangerous. Restrictive diets can slow down your metabolism, which can lead to future weight gain, as well as disordered eating, and weakness.
Constriction could also lead to constipation and bloating. “This compression can also contribute to acid reflux by interfering with normal digestive flow,” Dr. Laskowski wrote.
A waist trainer can also cause a decrease in the natural movement and function of your diaphragm. This can then affect your ability to breathe. That’s especially true if you wear one while working out. Dr. Lombardo stated that people may pass out in rare cases.
“Having good airflow, like you’re designed to, is a good thing,” she said.
The bottom line
Waist trainers make up part of the growing number of unproven and ineffective products being sold to frustrated women who are unhappy about their weight.
“It’s why we have a billion-dollar weight-loss industry: We want the easy way out,” Dr. Lombardo said.
That’s not to say that smoothing lumps and bumps under an outfit for a night out isn’t worthwhile for some. If shapewear makes you feel more confident, then don’t hesitate to put it on. You can achieve long-term, sustainable results by eating a healthy diet and incorporating strength training into your exercise routines.
“Nothing beats the basics of clean eating, physical activity and strength training, including core exercise,” Dr. Laskowski wrote. “The best ‘brace’ you can give your midsection is your core muscles working together, and the best ‘corset’ is your muscle ‘corset.’”
Source: NY Times