No doubt you’ve heard the hype about waist training and you know all your fave celebs are swearing that it really works, but do you really know what it is? Waist training is when you wear a restrictive garment (think a corset) to slim down your waistline. As with almost anything there are some risks and benefits to using one. Many people in the medical community suggest you shouldn’t wear one because there are many misconceptions about how to wear them and what they can and can’t do for you. If you’re thinking about using a waist trainer it’s important you fully understand them first.
Types of Waist Trainers
There are a lot of different types of waist trainers/cinchers on the market. So you need to find out which one would be best for what you want to achieve. There are some waist trainers that heat up your midsection as well as train it for example.
There is also a difference between corsets and cinchers. Most corsets are made of cotton and have laces to tie them together. Cinchers are commonly made from latex with hook and eye fasteners on the front. When most people think about corsets they picture the traditional ribbon or steel-boned corsets. Because corsets are tied together with lace there is a level of customisation as you can make it as tight (or loose) as you like.
Cinchers are something that can be worn every day and can reduce your midsection by up to 3 inches. There are also cinchers that should be worn during workouts. They are tougher than regular cinchers and stimulate perspiration (sweating) in the midsection. As a result they shouldn’t be left on for too long. No more than three to four hours a day at the most. Of course the idea that these kinds of products are a magical solution to getting a slimmer waist without work is a total fallacy. Even with a waist trainer you need to do some exercises and eat healthier to see any kind of long-lasting weight loss.
The Benefits and Misconceptions of Waist Trainers
It’s certainly true that wearing a waist-cinching garment can give you some temporary physical benefits including a smaller waistline and looking thinner. There are also some other possible benefits. Wearing a corset can provide proper back support and posture control for example. The material of the waist cincher can also provide extra abdominal support which can encourage you to sit up straight and not overeat.
Brad Thomas M.D, an orthpoedic surgeon and one of the founding partners of Beach Cities Orthopedics and Sports Medicine accepts these benefits are possible. He says that one of the most overlooked benefits of these waist cincher is that they can activate your core muscles and improve your posture. He says they could have a lasting benefit as long as people don’t wear them so tightly that they are crushing their organs and instead are just pulling in their tummy. It may not directly affect the shape of your waist but it does give you a gentle reminder to keep your core activated as you go about your day.
It’s important that you make waist training a supplement to a healthy diet and exercise regime and not a substitute for one. There is a bit of science behind the modern waist trainer and it’s the same science that goes into the “sauna suit” athletes wear to get rid of their excess water weight through sweat. The latex cinchers are made out of can increase thermal activity and stimulate perspiration. Basically it makes you sweat. Any weight loss you get from this will just be temporary water weight though and not lasting or substantial. It can still help you look your best for an upcoming event at least.
Waist Training Risks
Everything that is beneficial almost always comes with a risk and that is true of waist cinchers. The most common problems with waist trainers are having a decreased abdominal muscle tone, visceral displacement and they can also make your abdominal walls atrophy. There are other health risks too including a deformed stomach, liver and lungs as well as difficulty breathing and decreased lung capacity. You should never wear a waist trainer for too long.
Squishing together your abdominal organs (the liver, kidney, intestines, etc) is asking for trouble. It reduces blood flow to the organs and makes them less effective. It also pushes your organs upwards which reduces your lung capacity. So you are left unable to breath properly which makes it incredibly difficult to exercise.
However this squishing of the organs is a bit of a misconception. It can definitely compress your organs and be dangerous but this only happens if you don’t waist train properly. You should also remember that it is a long process. You should never wear your waist trainer for too long or too tightly to try and get speedier results. It just makes it dangerous.Read More
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Summer is here and there’s never been a better time to look and feel your best. Warmer weather brings with it more social gatherings and everyone wants to look their best and maybe even have some summer romance.
Everyone knows the importance of first impressions so here are some tips to help you look great all summer long.
Clean Up Your Face
Beards are on their way out and being clean-shaven is back in. Make sure you shave before you head out and trust us when we say that the girls will notice your hard work.
The following four simple steps can help you get that smooth shave you want:
- Start out by washing your face with warm water to soften the hairs up and apply generous amounts of shaving gel
- Use a fresh safety razor and gentle strokes when shaving
- After shaving rinse off your razor (wiping them can damage them) and use a great after-shave to finish everything off
Smell Great to Feel Great
After making sure your face is nice and clean splash on a nice fragrance before heading out. Girls always notice the way a guy smells (everyone does!) so make sure you smell nice. Don’t forget that you can have too much of a good thing though. Putting too much fragrance on is just as bad as not putting any on.
Be Sun Smart
No doubt you’ve had it drilled into you that you shouldn’t neglect the sun screen. Don’t doubt the power of the sun. With more people than ever being diagnosed with skin cancer it is incredibly important that you apply sunscreen every single day. Not to mention the red lobster look doesn’t work for anyone. Put on the sunscreen before you go out in the sun or go swimming.
Don’t Forget that Sweet Summer Smile
You need to take real good care of your teeth if you want to impress people with your charming smile. It’s also important that you have fresh breath. It really could make or break your chances of grabbing a date with that girl across the bar. Any girl will tell you they won’t get too close to a guy with bad breath.
During the recession roughly a quarter of people said they put off going to the dentist so that they could save money. That’s understandable but those money problems are in the past. It’s about time you went back to the dentist. Not getting your teeth checked regularly can lead to gum disease, cavities and even oral cancer. The good news is that all of these problems can be fixed before they become a problem. As long as you go to the dentist anyway! Don’t forget to buy a new toothbrush every three months too so pick up a new one for summer when you can.
And that’s it! These top tips will help you look great all summer long and make this summer the best one ever.Read More
Dull and lifeless skin requires tender love and care to get rejuvenated. Some women might find it a bit difficult to hold onto that natural glow, as they go through their thirties or forties. It is not rocket science, though. All it requires is an adherence to particular practices and giving up of others which are not beneficial.
To reduce the look of wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin, women should start using the top anti-wrinkle creams from their late thirties or early forties because one of the things most desired by women is to get flawless skin devoid of dark spots, acne or other skin problems. But it’s a dream too good to come true for most of us. The reasons behind this are our stressed lifestyle, exposure to harmful rays of the sun (UVA/UVB), hectic work schedule, lack of nutritional diet, pollution, excessive smoking, and drinking.
You can have healthy skin by opting for premium skin treatments like face washes, scrubs, toners, masks, and moisturizers. Many skin consultants from Mumbai provide these beauty services at home; but if you want to get facial treatments without the effect of harsh chemicals, we have some effective ways to rejuvenate your skin for giving it a soft texture and glowing appearance.
Cleansing helps you to reverse the effect of dirt and harsh rays of the sun and gives back its natural luster. Aloe Vera gel mixed with milk and curd mixed with honey prove to be very effective combinations to be used for cleansing. A grated peel of grapefruits and vitamin C tablets added to a cup of boiling water also makes a powerful toner. You can also apply a mask of besan and water on your face after rinsing it with lemon juice to remove dead cells.
2. Steaming with Herbs
Cleaning away the trapped oil and dirt from your skin’s pores is very necessary for getting a clear and healthy skin. Adding some herbs like Chamomile or green tea along with chopped ginger to a pot of boiling water, and using it to steam your face proves to be highly beneficial in removing accumulated dirt from the pores of your skin. Moreover, it gives your face a softer, cleaner and smoother feel.
Another of the many facial treatments equipped to refresh your skin is exfoliation. It is the process of removing dead cells from your face to give it a nourished look. A mixture of oatmeal and salt in water proves to be an excellent exfoliating treatment as it also accelerates skin renewable besides removing dead cells to give your skin a soft, clear and hydrated feel.
4. Face Masks
A face mask has numerous benefits like increasing skin elasticity, maintaining the level of oil in the skin, minimizing signs of aging like wrinkles and giving your skin a youthful glow. Masks can be easily made at home using common household ingredients like banana, watermelon, and mango, honey or multi mud (fuller’s earth) mixed with rosewater and milk.
What miracle does green tea do? We all know that drinking numerous cups a day can assist reduce your risk factor for forming many degenerative diseases–that is, diseases linked with the aging process.
But few of us usually give green tea much if any thought as an aid for skin care remedies. But it’s true! Here’s why.
First, green tea holds potent antioxidants. These substances are known to assist battle “free radicals” in your system, which are capable of the aging process. But antioxidants usually contain antiseptic qualities with also anti-inflammatory capabilities, as well as the capability of fighting viral and any fungal infections.
But green tea can is best and can do more than that as part of a do-it-yourself skin care remedy. Just look at the following health, beauty, and skin care advantages of green tea:
* Lowers your risk of acquiring rheumatoid arthritis
* Heals minor cuts, spots, rashes, and other blemishes
* Reduces acne
* Provides a youthful appearance
* Treats sunburn
* Slows the signs of gaining
These are the best ways to care for your skin without the use of chemicals. If you enjoyed this article please be make sure to share with friends to help them as well!Read More