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Do Waist Trainers Really Work?

Waist trainers continue to be the topic of debate about whether or not they’re the key to giving you that hourglass shape, but should they be left in 2022?

What is a Waist Trainer?

Waist trainers, also known as waist cinchers, are garments designed to cinch the waist and create a slimmer, more hourglass-shaped figure. Some people believe that wearing a waist trainer can help them lose weight and achieve a smaller waist, but the evidence for this is mixed at best.

Do They Actually Work?

There is actually no scientific evidence to support the claim that waist trainers can help you lose weight or permanently reduce your waist shape/size. A waist trainer can however work temporarily, making your waist look slimmer, but doesn't necessarily provide a permanent change to your waistline or aid weight loss.

The concept behind waist trainers is that they exert pressure on the waist and abdomen, leading to a temporary reduction in the size of these areas. However again, this effect is only temporary.

The Risks

While some people may use waist trainers for aesthetic purposes, there are some potential risks associated with using waist trainers that should be concerned prior to use:

  1. Compression of internal organs: Waist trainers can compress the internal organs, including the liver, stomach, and intestines. This can lead to digestive problems, such as acid reflux and bloating, discomfort, and/or difficulty breathing.

  2. Damage to skin and muscles: Tightly fitting waist trainers can cause chafing and irritation of the skin, as well as bruising. In addition, the constant pressure on the muscles of the waist can lead to muscle strain and weakness.

  3. Risk of injury: Wearing a waist trainer for an extended period can cause muscle imbalance and cause back and shoulder pain.

So... What is the best way to take inches off my waist?

Suppose you are looking to lose weight and achieve a smaller waist, and want more permanent results. In that case, it is important to focus on a healthy diet and regular exercise, rather than relying on a waist trainer. A healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity, is the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and waist size.


In conclusion, there is no scientific evidence supporting the claim that waist trainers are an effective method for losing weight or reducing waist size permanently. If you are interested in achieving a slimmer waist, it is important to focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as physical activity and a healthy balanced diet rather than relying on waist trainers or other quick fixes.


At House of Sweat not only do we have experienced personal trainers, but we also offer customized meals and tips to help you achieve your fitness goals! If your goal is taking inches off that waistline to help give you that hourglass look, we're happy to provide you with tips and expertise for more permanent results! Call us at 647-988-6794 to request a consultation, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for tips, inspo & more!

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