Waist trimming and compression aren't new concepts. David Kunzle points out in his book, "Fashion and Fetishism" that women have been binding their bodies for centuries to create a trimmer, more hourglass appearance. The only difference is that the new crop of waist trimmers promise to help you lose weight. While you may not see a drastic change in the size of your waist, waist trimmers do have a few alternative benefits to consider.
Victims of back and spine trauma are often instructed to wear waist trimmers and compression bandages around the waist to support their backs and create the best posture for healing. Compression is part of the physiotherapy portion of recovery, so it could be hypothesized that wearing a waist trimmer can be beneficial to those with bad backs, poor posture and pain at the end of the work day. If you have lower back issues, a waist trimmer may give you the extra support you need to sit up straight and remove some of the pressure on your back.
The subject of waist trimmers helping you to shed inches has not yet been studied, it's doubtful that wearing a waist trimmer will help you lose weight. You may still see an immediate slimming of the waist when you put on the belt, according to Diet Spotlight. Most waist trimmers are made of stretchy neoprene that is tightly fastened around the waist. Like a new age corset, it will create the facade of a slimmer waist while you wear it -- even if it doesn't whittle away your middle.
While your waist trimmer won't allow you to effortlessly lose pounds and inches, it can inadvertently remind you to eat better and exercise more to help foster healthy weight loss. The constant reminder of having compression on your waist could be enough to entice you to switch to a salad at lunch or hit the gym after work. When you wear the waist trimmer, you may find that the constant pressure acts as a constant reminder of your fitness goals and help you find the motivation to achieve them.
- "Fashion & Fetishism: Corsets, Tight-Lacing and Other Forms of Body-Sculpture"; David Kunzle; 2006
- Diet Spotlight: Neoprene Waist Trimmer Review