Dangers of Waist Training

Dangers of Waist Training

Kim Kardashian do it.  Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi do it.  But should you do it?  No, we are not talking about making a sex video.  We are talking about waist training.   There’s alot of people waist training but does it do more harm than good?  Here’s the real truth on waist training and why you shouldn’t waist train.

Dangers of Waist Training:  The Modern Day Corset

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For those of you who are not familiar with waist training, waist training is like the modern day corset.  The idea is to use the waist trainer to compress your stomach and reshape your waist to decrease the size of your waist permanently over time.  You wear the waist trainer for hours, even working out and sleeping in it.

The problem with waist trainers it not only can it be uncomfortable,it makes it difficult to take deep breaths and even may contribute to heartburn. “Your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm, which could cause reflex,” says Dr. Apovian. “If you’re wearing one and you experience those symptoms, that’s a definite sign that you need to loosen it or take it off.”

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By now, you have probably seen women working out with waist trainers on.  If you search Instagram under the hashtags #weightloss , there will be many pictures of women working out with waist trainers.  Wearing a waist-cinching device for a workout is a horrible idea.  It make it even harder for you to breath because of the restrictions on your rib cage and diaphragm.

Your digestive tract is also affected when you wear a waist shaper or trainer.   Your intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when one of the issues with wearing waist trainers is it compresses your intestines over a long period of time, causing the flow of digestion to be slowed or even stopped.  This lead to problems like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.  This is definitely not a sexy problem to have.

Sitting in a waist trainer can lead to a condition called meralgia paresthetica, from your nerve in your legs being compressed.  This leads to tingling, numbness and pain in your legs.  Even wearing it for a few minutes, I was able to feel the negative effects of the shaper.  I felt some tingling in my legs, and I felt like I was losing circulations.  It’s like putting rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit down. This rubber band effect can also decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots. When you sit in shapewear, those genetically prone to varicosities can develop varicose veins and lymph congestion, which appears as swollen ankles.

The bottom line, the best way to get a trim waistline is through proper a proper diet, nutritional whole foods and using exercise to reshape your body.  It may be tempting to follow this waist training fad, but imagine the damage you are causing to your body in the long run.  How we take care of our bodies now will affect how well we age.  I know there is alot of pressure to look thinner, to have a slim waist and the hour glass figure.  But if you abuse your body and cause potentially permanent damage to it, you could greatly affect your quality of life, especially as you age.  My parents have had health challenge which impaired their range of motion as well as their quality of life.  Seeing their suffering and pain has made me realize how important it is to be healthy, not just so we look good in a swimsuit, but so we can have a high quality of life.  So I urge you to take the pledge to life a healthy lifestyle, and through healthy food choices and exercise, you will get that sexy healthy body you want.  =)

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Why You Should Not Calorie Count

Why You Should Not Calorie Count

To count or not to count… that is the question.  I firmly believe If you are trying to lose weight, you should not calorie count because it could could be hurting your weight loss progress. With all the fitness bands out there like Fitbit and apps like Myfitnesspal, calorie counting is very popular. But just because it is popular doesn’t mean it is helpful towards your weight loss journey.

I recently tested out Myfitnesspal, after hearing many of my clients using it. Here is what happened…

I WAS OBSESSED WITH COUNTING CALORIES AND FOOD! All I could think about was what I ate, how many calories it had, what I can eat next, and how soon until my next meal. Food became an obsession. I was stressed over what I can eat and couldn’t eat. Because I couldn’t eat certain foods (because they were too high in calories), I started thinking about it, and stressing over it… and of course, stress leads to binge eating. Needless to say, counting calories did NOT help me lose weight. It took dieting to a whole new level … I became OCD with food. I thought about

After 4 days, I came to my senses and deleted the app. Here’s what I learned.

1) Calorie counters are great to teach you the calories of certain foods that you didn’t think had much calories… fyi, red wine has about 100 calories in a 4 oz pour. Who knew??

2) Calorie Counters help you understand what proper portion sizes are, since you have to track portion sizes along with logging the actual foods.

3) If you have a tendency to be obsessive, STAY AWAY FROM CALORIE COUNTERS. It will cause you to have more cravings, since you are constantly thinking about food.

If you can use a calorie counter and not obsessive over food, fantastic! If you are like me, here is a great alternative. Use a food diary instead and write down your meals. It causes you to stay accountable without going overboard. Writing it down and reviewing it daily gives you an idea what you are eating. I recommend writing down the emotion you are feeling before and after eating. This will help you figure out why you are eating certain types of foods (sweets, salty…etc) and if you are truly hungry, bored, or if you are eating because of a particular emotion. For most of us, eating is caused by an emotion, filling a void or using it as a reward to make us feel better. Aim to use other ways to reward yourself instead of food. It could be a relaxing walk with friends, taking a long bath, or reading a good book. Developing healthy habits is the key to successful weight loss.

What are you thoughts on calorie counters? Have they helped you or hurt you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Lose 20 Pounds in 1 Month

Lose 20 Pounds in 1 Month

Hi Healthy Living Junkies! Can you lose 20 pounds in 1 month by not eating sugar?  Hi, I’m Annie, and I’ll go over why eating sugar is bad for you and causing you to gain weight.   I’ll go over what foods have sugar hidden in it and how to avoid them.

 

 

How to Lose 20 Pounds in 1 Month

Rule #1: Read the nutrition label and avoid anything with sugar as the first few ingredients

Rule #2: Avoid white foods like white bread, pasta, and white potatoes

Rule #3: Eat unprocessed foods that are high in fiber, at least 5 grams of fiber per serving

 

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Want to get results even faster?  Check out this educational weight loss video on how to lose 24 pounds by next month.  In addition to losing weight and getting in shape, you will also be healthier!

 

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Annie Chang

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Why Diets Don’t Work

Why Diets Don’t Work

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!  Ever wonder why you go on a diet only to gain it all back? It’s because diets don’t work!  The reason why people fail to keep the weight off is because diets are too restrictive. Most people feel hungry all the time, fatigued, and have a hard time trying to figure out how many calories they can eat each day.

If you want to lose weight, you have to STOP DIETING and START LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.  It is easier than you think. Not only will the pounds melt off, you will also feel better and have more energy to do the things you love. In addition to losing weight and getting in shape, you will also be healthier!
 

 

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Annie Chang

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“Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.  And I am here with you every step of the way.”

 

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