Long gone are the days when we resorted to healthy eating habits and regular exercise for our pre-summer bodies. These days, countless celebs rely on waist training, and many of their fans are hopping on the bandwagon, too.
But what even is this new fad, and can we really rely on it? We’ve done the research, and are ready to tell you what you need to know before you strap on your corset. Ahead, the five things you need to know about waist training:
1. Jessica Alba
1. Sweat, sweat, and more sweat.
Stars have sworn by waist trainers to help get added fat off the hips. Jessica Alba, in particular, wore one "day and night" post-pregnancy to help melt off those unwanted extra pounds.
2. Waist Trainer
2. Expect some discomfort.
These corsets won't be as comfortable as your Snuggie. Be prepared for some shortness of breath from the cinching and possible back pain, as the waist trainers tend to push your stomach up towards your chest.
3. Kim Kardashian
3. Size means everything.
The Kardashians are notorious for their waist-training selfies, and for good reason. Kim Kardashian and her sisters wear properly-sized corsets, which is crucial. The waist-cinching contraptions have the ability to give you the added curve that every chica is hoping for with the added bonus of sweating off belly fat — but only if properly fit. Before ordering, be sure to measure yourself accurately to ensure proper dimensions.
4. Waist Trainer
4. Trends come and go.
Health and exercise fads are hot one day and lame the next. It's important to keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to jump on the latest celebrity craze. The bright side is that the options are endless and fairly affordable, so you can give this trend a shot if you're curious enough.
5. Long-term results are a no-go.
If you're looking for permanent, long-term results, there is no answer other than a healthy diet and exercise. Waist training may help you kickstart a health regimen or lose a few unwanted pounds, but don't count on it to change your life around. US Weekly reports that new momma Snooki shared this post-baby selfie after waist training, saying, "Every MOM needs a little help sometimes." However, the star is dedicated to strict workouts and a healthy lifestyle, as well.