Is "WAIST TRAINING" without a workout routine at the gym possible???

So I'm trying to figure out if this is possible.... I had 2 babies and my waist is not the same. I'm losing the baby weight through tracking my calories, but hoping to get a bit more of my prebaby figure back. I've lost 35lbs and am about 15lbs away from my prebaby weight.

The research I have done basically says, "wear a waist trainer while working out" and 2 hours at a time. As of right now, I don't "work out" as part of a daily/weekly routine. I work full-time and have 2 children under the age of 3. I stay active, walk and take the stairs at work, 5 days a week. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not lazy. I just don't workout lol And do you have to sweat alot for it to work??? From what I have read, that seems to be a big part of waist training too.

Is there some kind of waist trainer built for wearing all day.... like when I'm at work and/or when I'm doing my regular errands in the evening after work. I know there are "body shapers" that compress and are made to be worn all day. But I'm assuming those won't make any difference when it come to actual "waist training". Look good on, but don't actually change anything in the long run.

I'm not looking for a miracle fix or anything. If it's not possible, it's not possible. I get it. I can wait to train my waist until I have more time to invest into going to the gym. I just want to know before I give up.

Thoughts? Advise?? Experiences??

Thanks in advance!!


  • MikePfirrman
    MikePfirrman Posts: 3,113 Member
    No and it's potentially dangerous.
  • mengqiz86
    mengqiz86 Posts: 176 Member
    I had read that “belly splints” can be used postpartum to help accelerate healing of diastasis recti - the desperation of ab muscles, which can contribute to that postpartum “pooch”. But haven’t really heard of it as a way to lose weight or “reshape”
  • LyndaBSS wrote: »
    My understanding is that those waist trainers are not healthy. Apparently, they cause undue stress to your ribs and organs. I'd rather have a little pooch than a bruised pancreas. 😟

    Yikes!! I didn't know that!!!! Thanks for the info!!! I'll probably steer clear of it then. My best friend did it to help her make weight/measurements to join the army a few years ago & her recruiter actually recommended it to her..... so I figured it was a normal and safe method to use. Apparently not!
  • TrishSeren
    TrishSeren Posts: 587 Member
    Depends on if you have diastasis recti or simply a weak core. If it's diastasis recti then some PTs or physios specialise in helping heal this.

    If it's a weak core then pilates can help, or weight training or bodyweight exercises (plank etc), any exercise that really activates the core will help tighten the abdominal muscles.
  • Cahgetsfit
    Cahgetsfit Posts: 1,913 Member
    I also have read that waist trainers are not good for you - the proper ones. And the ones that are just gimmicks for "melting fat" are, well, just that - gimmicks.

  • concordancia
    concordancia Posts: 5,320 Member
    Cahgetsfit wrote: »
    I also have read that waist trainers are not good for you - the proper ones. And the ones that are just gimmicks for "melting fat" are, well, just that - gimmicks.

    Many of the gimmicks are made of neoprene or other non breathable fabric. They make you sweat more, so if you weigh yourself before and after a workout, you see a bigger water weight loss.
  • LyndaBSS
    LyndaBSS Posts: 6,971 Member
    Then you drink a glass of water and gain it back.
  • DaddieCat
    DaddieCat Posts: 3,670 Member
    Yeah... actual "Waist training" refers to the practice of using corsetry to cinch your waist smaller. That is also not a permanent solution... it's just training you to be able to cinch tighter and tighter over time achieving a smaller waist through an external contractile force. It can cause serious long term health issues such as causing bones to change shape under the pressure and forcing your internal organs into unnatural locations and positions.

    The other things they sell are not related and only a gimmick.
  • mbaker566
    mbaker566 Posts: 11,234 Member
    gym waist trainers mostly just make you lose water weight being made of nonbreathable fabric. they also do not provide the support a proper corset does. a poorly made corset can do damage as stated
    waist training is temporary either way.

    work on your core. all the muscles.
  • Terytha
    Terytha Posts: 2,074 Member
    Small off topic comment: I adore my (real, proper) corset for back pain. My back never feels so good than the times I wear it.

    Gives a fake flat stomach though. Calorie deficit to burn fat, core exercises for strength and muscle. Physio or other medical care for medical problems. That's how you "train" a stomach for real.

    Anything else is just thinning out your wallet and possibly harming you.
  • ritzvin
    ritzvin Posts: 2,847 Member
    Usually, you won't see a flat stomach/abs (if there) until pretty close to ideal weight. Those last 15 lbs are probably the problem (if no other known complications). Depending on what device you're considering wearing, you might just end up with a weaker core and worse results than without once you've finally lost those 15 lbs.
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 40,889 Member
    Waist trainers are a gimmick and potentially harmful.