Do I really need to discuss this with you guys? I’m used to being the “bad guy” when it comes to keeping it REAL. So. Lets begin this heated debate. I say heated because everyone gets extremely negative towards me when I speak the TRUTH about this stupid gimmick FAD that has exploded on the internet lately. Not to mention the people that sell it and have started movements involving these waist cinches. I aint’ mad at the hustle. I get it. It is their hustle. But wow, to compromise integrity by offering dangerous products for the all mighty dollar? Sorry. I can’t vibe with that. Boy oh boy if you could see the hate comments, and emails these people send me for exposing their scam. Hey boos, I know you guys are reading my blog. STOP LYING TO PEOPLE FOR A QUCK DOLLAR! You are setting these people up for failure. You are helping in the development of body dysmorphia and depression in these impressionable individuals. Shame on you.
So let me get to the point. First of all, let me tell you how I personally know about this. Just to shut anyone down who wants to say “have you even tried it?” Why yes honey. I have! You do remember I am a recovering body dysmorphia & eating disorder addict right? For those that don’t know my past history. I have been suffering yoyo weight gain/loss from multiple eating disorders beginning at an early age, as a young teenager. I have abused laxatives, tried every get skinny quick diet, harsh fasts, harsh detoxing, and even insane gimmicks like waist training. So lets get to the point.
For almost two years (mostly the first) I wore an aggressive corset up to 16-18 a day. Being someone who has suffered from body dysmorphia, anything extreme or a “quick fix” like this was my type of thing. It didn’t matter the consequences, I wanted more more more! I measured myself from day 1, ate clean, worked out, and wore my corset day in and day out. You know what it did for me? NOTHING! I even had some of my friends do it with me. You know what it did to them? NOTHING! Well sort of. It made me/us depressed, scarred my body pretty bad, hurt my breathing and bowels. The fact that I wasn’t seeing “immediate” results as they promise depressed me. I kept hoping for my “quick fix” and it just wasn’t happening. But what it was doing was keeping me constipated, scarred my body pretty bad, I had breathing problems, it gave me rashes, welts, bruising, it was breaking my skin apart! Asides from the depression it was causing, this was the stupidest idea I have ever tried. One of many, because i’ve tried many. Yet I am sure many of you will still try it. smh
It saddens me to see many women of influence accepting a check and promoting waist training to their audience knowing damn well THAT CRAP IS GARBAGE and they’re doing it for a paycheck! With the exception of a few. Recently a big celebrity friend of mine asked me if it worked? She genuinely had no clue but she like many said that they offered money to endorse it. I told her no it doesn’t work but to try it for herself because I don’t want to be the “big bad wolf” and shut it down. She did for a few months and came to me and says WOW THIS CRAP DOES NOT WORK and that her body was always uncomfortable. She declined the offer. I commended her for being a woman of integrity and saying no to endorsing it.
If you think I am being too harsh, I can post hundreds of screen shots of the offers I get to promote “waist training!” Really good zeros attached to these emails. Upwards of one company offering me 100k and a partnership to launch them. Sorry but NO! I will never endorse such scam that is harming your mind and body into believing that you can get a 21 inch waistline just by “cinching” your waist. Even with proper diet and exercise the answer is NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Real fitness trainers and I say “real” because all of a sudden everyone has jumped on the health & fitness bandwagon and has decided to become a “trainer!” **side eye** Real trainers will side eye the hell out of this subject and laugh at it. It’s so ridiculous I can’t even believe that you guys fall for it. Yes there have been people who wore it for 5 – 10 years straight and their ribs adjusted and made their waistline smaller. Back in the Victorian days this was a common method proved to bring down the waistline 2-3 inches by wearing it for YEARS! Really? Is that ideal? Do you really believe this is the way to go about life? Why not just eat healthier and workout and gain permanent results that are not harmful? Wearing these corsets can and WILL lead to eating disorders and extreme body dysmorphia.
Now wanna know something that corsets are good for? Looking cute & curvy in a sexy dress and in sexy photo shoots 🙂 Ok see, I said something nice about it. Latin moms will tell you that after birth to wear a corset for a month due to your tummy muscles being stretched out. It’s not a bad thing if it’s the cloth kind like I am going to explain. There are some cloth style corsets that are GREAT and I wouldn’t be opposed to you wearing them while working out. But, they are not tight to a point where you feel uncomfortable or feeling like it’s harming you. They serve well for proper posture and make you feel great when you workout because you stand straight and it tucks your tummy in. Some of my fitness girlfriends wear them while working out too. They are not bad for that reason only. I’ll be on the search to see if I can find a company that sells those “non harmful” styles for you guys. I have seen them and recommend ONLY those. But they are not for weight loss or a quick fix. Great for posture and keeping you tucked in while working out.
Please my loves listen to what i’m saying. I’m not trying to shut down your dreams of a smaller waistline or losing weight. They don’t work, break your wallet and are really bad for your health. Sorry if this TRUTH offends anyone, well actually NO I AM NOT SORRY! This is not the way to go about weight loss. Don’t be fooled, don’t spend your hard earned money. My “realistic approach to fitness” has proven to work for many people across the globe. It’s not hard. You just have to be willing to try. I know it SUCKS to hear this. Trust me, when I figured it out for myself I was also sad, pissed and disappointed. Fast forward to now, I’m happy to know the truth so I don’t have to subject myself to the disappointment and harmful mental/physical effects that waist cinching brings. I’d never BS you. Trust me, I don’t benefit by telling you NOT to wear one. I could be endorsing these products and getting MAJOR PAY for it. But I pride myself in having integrity and sharing a REALISTIC approach to fitness. Sorry but “waist training” is not realistic.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE! Altering your waistline won’t make you anymore awesome because you already are 🙂
If you or anyone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please call the National Eating Disorder helpline 1 (800) 931 – 2237