By Chioma Umeha
Wearing a corset-like contraption to cinch your core, hips, and back. The idea is to wear it for a certain amount of time every day, and eventually, your body “molds” itself into a slimmer figure. Sounds easy enough.
Now the big question is should you try it? Probably not.
When you wear this 500-year-old de¬vice, you squish your lungs and ribs, which makes it hard to breathe. Some women have actually passed out from wearing one for too long, says Christo¬pher Ochner, Ph.D., weight loss and nu¬trition expert at Mount Sinai Hospital.
If you keep wearing it for an ex¬tended period of time? You could get crushed organs, compressed lungs, and fractured ribs.
Plus, experts say it doesn’t really work. “Spot reducing doesn’t exist,” says Ochner. You can’t reduce the col¬lection of fat in any one particular area of your body. If you push your stomach in, all the fat will go right back to where it was no matter how long you wear the corset for. Yes, some people can get away with wearing the waist trainer without any real harm done. But for a real, long-term weight-loss plan, you’re better off looking elsewhere.