28 June 2016
SHRINK THE WAIST?
With my body measurements, it matches the criteria of the hourglass. However my body shape isn't quite the hourglass shape I want. It's between a rectangle/athletic and hourglass. I know if I lose another inch or two (naturally), I will get the shape I want. Ann Chery is a well known brand out there in the body shaping world and is the leading brand when it comes to waist trainers.
I have heard about this whole waist training shenanigan and was intrigued by it. Didn't realise the Kardashians and Jenners were promoting it at the time. I did my research and ended up purchasing the genuine Ann Chery 3 Hooks Sport Latex Waist Trainer since I'd cave. This is a waist cincher, not an actual corset. I've read the reviews that also helped determine which size to get - small (32).
It is made out of latex with a cotton lining and you could smell the latex. It's off-putting. Putting it on was hard. I broke a nail in the process. Was it worth it in the end? Yes and no. When worn, it did help shrink my waist down 1 and a half inches and boobs look pushed up, but there are more cons than pros. It seems to have squeezed and pushed my back fat out of the cincher, making me look broader. The band on my bras doesn't fit properly because of this. It doesn't give me the smooth, streamlined silhouette. I felt and looked rounder. Rather than it making me look thinner, it somehow made me look thicker than I actually am. I can't wear my casual clothes over this unless it's sweatpants and a loose top. I have worn it to work once in lounge clothing but could smell the latex and got paranoid that everyone else could smell it.
The first day of wearing it, I instantly hated it. Not only the above mentioned, it also did affect my breathing. I wasn't able to take a full, deep breath properly. It was uncomfortable. I dread to think what it would be like working out with this. After the first few times of putting it on, I was able to get onto the second hook. I've trialled this for a month and this is what I think of it.
I've used this during my workouts for 2 hours. I thought it would be very restrictive in terms of movement but it did help with my posture and core stability but some exercises I couldn't do properly. My breathing was restricted after an intense cardio workout which isn't good. If I don't workout, I'd wear it for 6 hours at home. Every now and again, I got a rash from it so I do have to stop wearing it for a day or so to heal up.
Due to the compression, it does make you sweat more by increasing the body temperature. Therefore you're shedding water weight, not fat. I don't believe this will burn fat alone and doubt there are any scientific proofs. I do admit that I did feel slimmer the next day after wearing it but I would go back to my old self after drinking water. The results are only temporary rather than permanent. This helps restrict your food intake, which is probably the only way you see some inches lost.
It is easy to just rely on this and not work out but you will end up not using your core muscles and it'd still be a midsection of fat rather than a toned stomach you'd hoped for. You can't scoff pizza in conjunction with this. You do need to incorporate a healthy eating lifestyle with an exercise regime. There are no quick fixes or cheats in getting the body you want. This can help motivate you and show you what your body could look like. Whether you get an hourglass figure depends on your genetics and your body composition.
I did see half an inch lost around my waist. It's something I guess, even so, I'm not disappointed yet not wowed. Never will I use this again. A healthy eating and an exercise routine is all you need to see better results. This cannot be stressed enough. Skip this completely. It's just a fad as you cannot spot reduce.
What are your thoughts on waist training?
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