Getting the right fitting garment is essential to a successful waist training journey and it goes hand in hand with a number of other factors. There are four main parts that make up an effective waist training routine, namely:
- A consistent and regular schedule
- A nutritious diet full of protein and fiber
- Regular exercise
- The right sized waist trainer
With the absence of one or the other, you will not be able to fully maximize your garment nor the time and effort you placed into the waist training routine. In fact, you may only see little to no results if your goal was to improve your physique long-term. To ensure that you get the most out of your experience, we have listed a handy guide to tackle each of the four parts.
Part 1: A consistent and regular schedule
If your waist training goal is to look slimmer for only a night, just be sure to practice wearing the compression band before your special occasion arrives so that you will feel comfortable all throughout.
If your intention is a slimmer waist and accentuated hips for a longer period, you will need to “teach” your abdomen to adapt to the narrow form. With time, it will naturally take shape and you can wear the waist trainer less frequently.
Part 2: A nutritious diet full of protein and fiber
Having a waist trainer on understandably makes a few changes around your midsection. The constriction allows your stomach to become narrow and because of this, you will feel full faster with less food. This helps you eat fewer calories and smaller portions at a time – instant weight loss strategy!
We recommend you fill up on protein and fiber to ensure that your system will remain full much longer.
Part 3: Regular exercise
All compression bands have heat retention capabilities that allow you to sweat more. By wearing one especially made of neoprene, you can expect to flush out a lot of water weight and shed off more calories while working out compared to exercising without one. You can even perform easy exercises, so long as you focus on your core and try to break a sweat regularly.
Part 4: The right sized waist trainer
Last but not the least, you must have the right sized cincher. If it is too tight, you can risk injury to yourself and /or damage to your garment. It will also feel really uncomfortable and demotivating to continue a routine.
If it is too loose, your torso will not be compressed, which defeats the purpose of training in the first place. It should be snug, but not too tight – so, how can you tell if you need a smaller size?
- If your corset slides around
If the undergarment slides around even while on the tightest setting, you need a smaller size. A little breathing room is fine but it should still feel snug enough to compress your stomach.
- If you cannot feel heat
A good fitting waist trainer retains heat and lets you sweat out. If you cannot feel the heat or perspiration, it is not tight enough.
- If you are able to slouch
Did you know waist training greatly improves your posture? The constriction forces you to sit and stand upright and keep your back straight. If you are able to slouch, that means there is not enough support and constriction from your cincher, and you will need a smaller size.
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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.