What’s Up with Kim Kardashian’s “Waist-Training?”
I was browsing some entertainment sites this weekend, checking out the cool costumes celebs sported for Halloween, when an article jumped out at me:
“Kim Kardashian Continues “Waist-Training,” Takes Selfie of Tiny Frame.”
Naturally, I couldn’t resist. I clicked on the article to find out what “waist training” meant, and saw an Instagram pic of Kim sporting a corset-looking contraption with the caption:
“I’m really obsessed with waist training! Thank you @premadonna87 for my new waist shapers!”
I immediately had a flash back.
Two years ago, I was at Barry’s Bootcamp in the valley shooting a video segment on Kim’s workout when none other than the Queen of Reality TV herself strode in to the class, and jumped on the treadmill next to me.
Needless to say, I didn’t inform Kim that we had just spent an hour talking about her and replicating her workout, and I inconspicuously observed her as we sweat side by side.
Where am I going with this? Well, right before we began our workout that day, Kim strapped on an identical tummy tightener!
When asked what it was, she told us that it helps you lose weight in your stomach and tighten up.
OK, so it’s one thing if she chooses to believe that nonsense and tells a few people at BB that it works. It’s another when she’s spreading this misleading information to millions of young girls online who may buy into the bogus advice in an attempt to look like her.
I can’t just stand by idly while people waste their money on a worthless “waist-trainer.”
I did a little research and this tummy-tightening belt is made by a company called “What’s A Waist.” They claim that the device shrinks your waist up to three inches in two weeks, if you wear it for a minimum of four hours a day.
1. Ouch. That thing looks like it hurts.
2. That’s BS.
They say it works by “making you perspire more” and in turn, lose weight in your stomach.
I probably don’t even need to explain why this is absolutely incorrect, but just in case I anyone is confused: losing water through perspiration and burning fat tissue through exercise are completely different things.
Also, you cannot spot-train for weight loss.
When you train your mid-section, you’re building muscle in that area. However, you’re not directly burning fat there. Fat loss occurs proportionally all over your body through energy expenditure (calorie burning).
I will give this to the company though — when you’re actually wearing this contraption your waist probably does “shrink” about 3 inches. But make no mistake, it will go back to normal size the minute you remove the belt.
The only way this thing could actually make you lose weight is if you’re squeezed so tightly that your stomach can’t expand and therefore, you’re prevented you from consuming food. It won’t do anything for the hunger you’ll feel though from starving yourself.
Finally, some experts say these things can actually be very dangerous and in extreme cases cause organ failure.
In conclusion, there’s absolutely no evidence that anything about this “waist-trainer” will make you lose weight or slim down.
The worst part about all of this — this thing costs about $150.
Kim may be able to waste her money on krap, but the majority of us cannot.
Please don’t waste your time waist training.