A consistent and well-planned waist training routine has many health benefits and physical advantages both instantly and in the long run. However, in order to enjoy these, your mind and body have to learn to adjust to a few things – most especially if you are a beginner at waist training.
One of the frequently asked questions when it comes to bodily adjustments is if a waist trainer can cause constipation. And if so, why?
Below we provide a break down of what kind of changes you should expect and a guide on how to best handle them.
Will wearing a waist trainer make you constipated?
Some users suggest that utilizing a compression band can lead to changes in bowel movement – and they are partly correct.
The constriction around your midsection promotes a shift internally. As you progress along your routine, your internal organs and bottom most ribs will start to compress and take shape. Your upper organs will nudge upwards, while your lower organs will move downwards.
This process will place some gentle pressure on your abdomen, which will slow down the natural movement of food along your intestines, and may eventually lead to some constipation for the duration that your waist is cinched.
However, if you opt not to wear the waist trainer while you are eating or while your system is still digesting, your risk of feeling constipation will be very low. You may continue along your routine outside this given time period to ensure comfort.
Will the shift in my organs hurt, and is it safe?
Yes, it is perfectly safe and healthy, and is also necessary in order to have an hourglass figure. Our bodies were naturally built to withstand changes as we grow, most especially in women as we can naturally adapt when growing a baby in our bellies.
When it comes to pain, no, in no part of your waist training routine should anything hurt. The above process is one of the main reasons why we highly suggest pacing yourself when waist training. Not only does your garment take time to mold to your natural form, but also, your body needs an ample amount of time to adapt to its new frame.
Should you feel pain or discomfort, it could either be your cincher is too tight or that it has been warped and you need to get it fixed.
What are other possible adjustments to make while wearing a cincher?
The compression on your abdomen will physically leave less room for food intake, which is why you may find yourself feeling full with smaller portions. This hold on your midsection will also make you less tolerant gas-inducing meals since the smaller your stomach, the more susceptible you will be to experiencing to acid reflux.
To prevent this, we suggest eating smaller, but more frequent meals in place of the usual 3 big meals.
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Hannah - Manager at Hourglass
Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.