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waist cinchers... do they work?


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so lately i've been seeing advertisements for waist cinchers... these ads claim they will help shape your waist and make you lose inches.

i dont believe in this, and im sure any "inches" you lose are simply water, and will come back right away... i've used cinchers under dresses, but never relegiously to help shape my midsection

im wondering if anyone has ever tried using one? and what are the results they've gotten?

 

Edited May 01 2014 22:08 by coach_k
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No, sorry. Claiming that a waist cincher/body shaper will actually shape your body is ridiculous. They're great to wear under dresses but they only work while you are wearing them. Once you take them off, the fat will go back to its normal shape.

The only way to lose inches is to lose FAT, and that can only happen if you burn off more calories than you eat. It's an internal process.

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let me say i dont reccomend doing this...dont want to get yelled at...lol..

 my mother wore a home-made waist cincher for a while in her teens..shed wear it during the day and at night to sleep. the 'in-thing' at the time was small tiny waist so she was determined to get it-and it worked- she maintained a 18-19 inch waist for years! shes 5'2" with nice round hips but a tiny waist...and even years later she has such a tiny waist (even given more recent weight gain)

 

so some could argue that might have been natural...that she would have had the tiny waist regardless. she and i have similar frames and i have a 23-24" waist so i think shed naturally fall somewhere there

 

if you think in some countries they put foot braces on women to keep their feet small and dainty. its essentially deforming your body 

 

definitely go with toning instead of the quick fix :) itll be worth it! 

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Original Post by thyme828:

let me say i dont reccomend doing this...dont want to get yelled at...lol..

my mother wore a home-made waist cincher for a while in her teens..shed wear it during the day and at night to sleep. the 'in-thing' at the time was small tiny waist so she was determined to get it-and it worked- she maintained a 18-19 inch waist for years! shes 5'2" with nice round hips but a tiny waist...and even years later she has such a tiny waist (even given more recent weight gain)

 

so some could argue that might have been natural...that she would have had the tiny waist regardless. she and i have similar frames and i have a 23-24" waist so i think shed naturally fall somewhere there

 

if you think in some countries they put foot braces on women to keep their feet small and dainty. its essentially deforming your body

 

definitely go with toning instead of the quick fix :) itll be worth it!

there's differences between shaping your waist and the various cultures like you mentioned that deform the feet. 1) usually they wear the braces WHILE THEY ARE STILL GROWING, so the body part grows into the desired shape because it has no where else to go. 2) they aren't actually losing fat, they are deforming the bone and muscle. Fat is squishy and can go into most any shape.. and still bounce back. the bone can't. So if you want to change the shape of your body, you either have to change the the bone/muscle, or change how the skin holds the fat (think liposuction.. but in this case they do actually REMOVE the fat physically.)

BTW I'm not bashing your mother but she's not relevant at all. 1 person.. who happens to have a small waist and happened to wear a waist cincher..it's not anywhere near proof. -shrug-

Feanor:  I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one.  There are many documented cases of waist cinchers and corsets causing permanent deformation of the body.  It takes a long time for it to happen, but it does happen if they are worn constantly over a long period.  So the case of thyme828's mom could very well be one such case. 

 http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/medmuseum/w allexhibits/body/alterations/clothing.html

I agree with techdog.  The practice of wearing corsets all day every day to change the shape of one's waist is called "waist training"....granted this is done by slowly deforming the bones and displacing some of the organs in the body....probably not healthy, and certainly not a weight loss technique.
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I don't think anyone actually read my post. Waist cinchers are not going to change the shape of your FAT and they will not make you lose fat. Yes, if you wear one tight enough they will deform your body and displace your organs and push the skin to stretch to other places of the body..

but I didn't think the OP was interested in striving for those types of effects.

"Corset diseases" such as fainting, hemorrhoids, coughing, and palpitations plagued many fashionable women. Corsets could displace internal organs and cause pulmonary disease, and occasionally led to miscarriages.

Sorry, but it's still just a stupid idea. 

I did read what you said, it just wasn't completely accurate.  Yes, fat is squishy and can be temporarily moved around, but you said that waist cinchers weren't like the deforming of feet, when in fact, they are.  They reshape the floating ribs, deforming them in an unnatural way, resulting in the hourglass shape.

So, you  were right in that it won't help anyone lose fat and isn't a good idea, but it can deform your bone structure in such a way that you have a thinner waist.

But regardless of which of us is right or wrong, I agree that the OP wasn't interested in deforming her body and a waist cincher is a potentially dangerous thing with negative side effects.  And you advice to avoid them was spot on. 

well...i'm pretty sure they work, and i can see them killing any appetite you have...but this sure as hell doesn't look healthy:

 

http://www.cathiejung.com/ ;

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Original Post by feanor:

Original Post by thyme828:

let me say i dont reccomend doing this...dont want to get yelled at...lol..

my mother wore a home-made waist cincher for a while in her teens..shed wear it during the day and at night to sleep. the 'in-thing' at the time was small tiny waist so she was determined to get it-and it worked- she maintained a 18-19 inch waist for years! shes 5'2" with nice round hips but a tiny waist...and even years later she has such a tiny waist (even given more recent weight gain)

 

so some could argue that might have been natural...that she would have had the tiny waist regardless. she and i have similar frames and i have a 23-24" waist so i think shed naturally fall somewhere there

 

if you think in some countries they put foot braces on women to keep their feet small and dainty. its essentially deforming your body

 

definitely go with toning instead of the quick fix :) itll be worth it!

there's differences between shaping your waist and the various cultures like you mentioned that deform the feet. 1) usually they wear the braces WHILE THEY ARE STILL GROWING, so the body part grows into the desired shape because it has no where else to go. 2) they aren't actually losing fat, they are deforming the bone and muscle. Fat is squishy and can go into most any shape.. and still bounce back. the bone can't. So if you want to change the shape of your body, you either have to change the the bone/muscle, or change how the skin holds the fat (think liposuction.. but in this case they do actually REMOVE the fat physically.)

BTW I'm not bashing your mother but she's not relevant at all. 1 person.. who happens to have a small waist and happened to wear a waist cincher..it's not anywhere near proof. -shrug-

 i never said the story i relayed was proof of anything. i just wanted to share a relevent-or not so relevent as you may prefer- story that might be interesting. she did wear it as she was growing so her waist stayed the size she wanted.

 

ill keep my stories to myself then

If you want a "quick fix" buy a spanx and wear it until you actually lose the inches via diet and exercise....then you can use it as a dust rag! ;)

@ feanor.  Honestly all of what you said right there was sorta bogus. Corsets actually apply less pressure and also displace organs much less than a perfectly healthy pregnancy. Also the only bones that are even affected IF they are affected at all, are the floating ribs which are flexible. They actually can cause weight loss but not on their own. There is actually no real evidence that corsets caused miscarriages. Today there are many people who find corseting enjoyable and fun. These women are healthy and happy. Saying that something that actually has very little risk involved and makes many people happy is stupid is quite rude and you didnt do your homework.

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Waistline Cinchers do help in many ways... I dont see it as losing inches but its more like shaper, as someone indicated in their previous comment, its more like a trainer for your waistline when used overtime. Its basically the same thing as according to the type of underwear that you wear for a long period of time especially when starting to gain weight, your stomach starts to form accordingly to your underwear. I use waistline cincher, and it has help me by improving my posture and I also mange to maintain my small waistline.

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Original Post by vandijb:

so lately i've been seeing advertisements for waist cinchers... these ads claim they will help shape your waist and make you lose inches.

i dont believe in this, and im sure any "inches" you lose are simply water, and will come back right away... i've used cinchers under dresses, but never relegiously to help shape my midsection

im wondering if anyone has ever tried using one? and what are the results they've gotten?

 

Sounds like the same snake oil garbage you hear from every advertiser willing to exploit those looking to lose weight or get in shape.  I understand that you are just curious, and don't actually believe this kind of thing, but cmon.  If you want to lose inches from your waist, hit the treadmill and clean up your diet.  No need to buy silly shortcut products that don't actually do anything.

As a corset wearer who has been tightlacing for years ; No. Unless whatever you are wearing is worn 23 hours a day with no room for expansion (eg steel boned corset rather than some elasticated thing). Even then, it would take years to achieve a 1 inch reduction.
Deffo not worth the discomfort and inconvenience!!!
(Altho i *will* say a properly made corset is amazing to knock an inch or two off your waist for a special occasion eg wedding :) Whip it on - instant hourglass - and they look gorgeous too :)

The OP posted 6 years ago. She's probably not interested anymore.

This may be true. However, just as you're reading this, maybe someone else is reading it. Good advice should never be overlooked......It's called, "Thinking Outside The Box."

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Original Post by selene9314:

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The weight you lost was from your diet and exercise, not from snake oil scams like that clincher. These aren't the kind of things that "work for some people" but don't work for others. They are scams. It is a scam with regard to me, and it is a scam with regard to you. Nothing that holds your waist in makes you lose fat. THats not how physics or biology works.

This is a clear case of mistaking correlation for causation. Nothing that pushes in at the waist can decrease fat, burn fat, cause you to lose weight, better position the body to lose weight, etc.

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Original Post by selene9314:

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1. Again, that is nothing but a confusion of correlation with causation. You believe you have eliminated all other possible factors or explanations, and that this is the only one left to explain it. Yet if you spoke with a doctor, and laid out all the correlating details, I'm sure you could have the true explanation.

2. While a product like this could give the appearance of a smaller or flatter midsection, it cannot medically cause weight loss. You cannot literally squeeze pounds out of the body.

3. Your stomach size can't shrink from pressing again it. Where in the world did you hear such a thing?

Please understand that I don't mean to demean your success. I am very glad you have found success and I am very glad you lost weight and are positive about it. But if one single person reads this thread and comes away thinking that this is a viable approach to losing weight, then I can't in good conscience stay quiet.

Edited May 01 2014 22:08 by coach_k
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