Waist Trainers and why I don’t recommend using them!

So by now most people have heard of the waist training fad and most know what it is.  If you don’t here is a quick overview.

What is a waist trainer?

A waist trainer is a shaping garment similar to a girdle. The waist trainer pulls a person’s midsection in as tight as possible. The idea behind a waist trainer is that the pulling action gives the person a sleeker, smaller waist.

Waist trainers usually consist of a combination of tough fabric and hard fibers. Hooks, Velcro, lacing, or other strong fasteners hold the trainer tightly in place.

Advocates believe that it is possible to “train” the waist to retain a slimmer shape after frequent wearing of the garment over an extended period. Some people suggest that wearing a waist trainer while working out can aid weight loss.

 

Long term use could have some negative effects on a person’s overall health.  Before deciding to use a waist trainer here are a few things to consider:

Breathing Problems:  using a waist trainer while exercising may cause breathing difficulties. You may experience restrictions in movement that may make certain maneuvers challenging and painful and result in shortness of breath. It may also cause you to not get enough oxygen or become easily winded.

Internal Damage: Squeezing the midsection with constant force will likely cause internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys, to shift into unnatural positions. This shifting of internal organs may affect the blood flow, and it can change how well the organs function. It may even lead to permanent organ damage.

Weakened Core: Waist trainers provide support that would normally come from your core muscles. If you wear a waist trainer but don’t train your core, you could end up with severely weakened abdominal muscles. Your core muscles can atrophy and shrink from lack of use. Decreased core strength due to the prolonged use of waist trainers increases the chances of pelvic floor problems, poor posture, and back problems.

Digestive issues: The shifting of organs due to a waist trainer may also affect the digestive organs, such as the esophagus (food pipe), stomach, and intestines.

As well as interfering with digestion, the constant pressure can force stomach acid back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. If a person has gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), wearing a waist trainer may exacerbate the symptom.

 

 

On the flip side waist trainers can provide some benefits such as:

Improved posture: Waist trainers help you maintain proper posture while standing and sitting because the metal bones in waist trainers make it impossible for you to slouch. They improve your position by providing the necessary support to your back.

Postpartum support: -Waist trainers may provide support to women whose abdominal muscles have stretched or thinned following pregnancy. The extra support may help reduce pain and discomfort and also support and speed up the healing process. However keep in mind that after giving birth, our pelvic floor muscles and the surrounding organs need time to heal. If you wear a waist trainer while healing, it can make matters worse instead of better as the trainer will put additional pressure on your pelvic floor.While this damage isn’t always visible, it can lead to incontinence or prolapse.

Weight control: If you wear a waist trainer all the time, you will realize that it is challenging to consume large portions of food. However, they only restrict the amount of food you eat, they do not burn any fat in your body.

Waist training is similar to fad diets and many fitness fads. It may provide some temporary waist thinning, but it ultimately does not provide a safe, long-term solution to weight or fat loss. Long-term use of waist trainers can lead to organ damage. It can also lead to digestive issues, such as acid reflux. Waist trainers pose a variety of health risks and as such it is recommended that you opt for safer alternatives to trimming your midsection, like a balanced diet and regular exercise.

How to Make Informed Decisions

The decision-making process is a part of our everyday life. Some decisions are so simple that you’re barely aware you’re making them, while others are time consuming, high risk, and can leave you feeling anxious.
Decision-makers must understand each part of the step-by-step process that goes into making informed decisions. Here are some steps to help you make informed decisions:

 

Identify the problem

Decisions often fail because key factors are missed or ignored from the outset. So, before you can begin to make a decision, you need to fully understand your situation and correctly identify the problem that must be solved. This might sound simple, but it’s impossible to begin working on a plan of action when you don’t fully comprehend the question you are trying to answer.

Collect data and information

The wider the options you explore, the better your final decision is likely to be. Generating a number of different options may seem to make your decision more complicated at first, but the act of coming up with alternatives forces you to dig deeper and to look at the problem from different angles. Gathering enough information will help you analyze all possible outcomes and make the best decision.

Generate all possible alternatives

Use the information you gathered in the previous step to generate as many solutions as you can, helping to identify the best alternatives. Don’t worry if any of these will ultimately lead to the right decision quite yet; important decisions often require outside-the-box thinking, so feel free to be as creative as possible during this part of the process.

Weigh the alternatives

When you’re satisfied that you have a good selection of realistic alternatives, it’s time to evaluate the risks and implications of each one. When you make tough decisions, there are different approaches you can take when examining your options. Almost every decision involves some degree of risk. Get out a piece of paper and make a list of pros and cons for each one. You’ll also want to examine the ethical impact of each option, and how that might sit with your personal values.

Select your best solution

Once you’ve collected all relevant information and analyzed the alternatives, it’s time to make a hard decision. If you find yourself overwhelmed with indecision or dwelling on the worst-case scenario, you may just have to trust your gut. It is important at this point to “Sense Check” your decision. After all, hindsight is great for identifying why things have gone wrong, but it’s far better to prevent mistakes from happening in the first place!

Making an informed decision requires that you work with both facts (actual data) and emotional information. Combining a range of decision-making tools can help you make highly effective decisions!