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
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.”
My Waist Trainer Review
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. =)
Confidence is a really attractive quality in a man or a woman. It doesn’t matter what size you are, whether you think you are attractive or not. Here is a real life example of why confidence is sexy. I was at a country bar with a group of co-workers when one of the co-workers, a really hot guy with muscular arms and a smile that shined like the sun came up to me and started talking. He was really cute and sexy, but he kept apologizing for the silliest things.
Him: “Sorry, I am such a bad dancer.”
Me: “No you’re not.”
Him: “Are you laughing at me?”
Me: “No, I’m just happy.”
Him: “I hope I’m not offending you.”
Me: “No, I’m having a really good time.”
It got to the point where I was hoping he would just stop talking because he was killing the mood! I was having a really great time, but because of his insecurity, I was annoyed. The thing is, we are all attracted to self confidence. Nothing is sexier than a confident man or woman. Sometimes, we all have moments where we are unsure of ourselves, but the best thing to do is to take a deep breath, smile, and act confident. When you act confident, people will respond. When you smile, you will get smiles in return. Happiness attracts happiness, and you will never be without friends. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing or whether or not you are the perfect size or weight. You are perfect the way you are TODAY. Lesson of the day? Be confident in your own skin. And my advice for the hot co-worker: “Just be yourself. You are amazing but you just don’t know it.”
Before I started working out, I didn’t understand why women should lift weights. All I wanted when I was growing up was to be “skinny” and “thin”. My friends and I would look at fashion magazines and see all the skinny girls with no muscle tone and figured “This is what beautiful should look like.” Unfortunately my body type was more muscular and I was never going to be stick thin.
I tried all kinds of diets, even a jelly bean diet (it was fat free and low calories; now I know better!), and of course, none of them worked because it wasn’t how my body was designed. Now I am older and wiser (I hope!) I realize being skinny or thin is great if that is what your natural body type is, but being strong is best. Strong is sexy, strong is toned, and strong is having curves in all the right places. If you want to learn how I did it, check out this video.
When women lift weighs, they increase their metabolism, add shape and tone, while eliminating jiggly thighs, arms, and belly. Lifting weights also makes you stronger, building lean muscles, adding shape and sexy curves to your body. Your body feels firm and toned, and best of all, you also feel amazing! See for yourself: Try one of my workouts and share with me how you feel after.
Every once in a while, even a fitness girl needs lose the workout clothes and dress up. The best way to dress up the eyes is with a coat of mascara. As we all know, finding the right mascara that doesn’t run or smear can be a challenge. Here is a video on my all time favorite mascara. The winner of the Best Mascara Review may surprise you. If eyes are the window to the soul, then mascara are the curtains… or something like that.
Maybelline Great Lashes: $5 from the drug store. It is just like department store brands, but at a fraction of the price.
Maybelline Great Lashes Waterproof: Great product but hard to build volume. I have a trick to build volume in the video.
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (green tube): Didn’t really like this product b/c it dried out too fast.
Almay Get Up & Grow (white tube): I liked the consistency, but didn’t really see a big difference in my eyelash length.
Did you know you can improve your skin by eating the right kinds of food? The right kind of foods will improve your skin tone, even out your complexion, as well as makes your hair and nails grow. Oh, and it also keeps you lean and toned. Find out more in this video. =)
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! Lemon is great for tequila, but it has a ton of health benefits too! Here’s some the benefits of lemon! It helps aid with digestion, is loaded with antioxidants, and has antiseptic qualities. Health benefits of lemon includes aiding in digestion, beauty uses, great for skin care and hair care, and is full of antioxidants and vitamins. It is a natural antiseptic too. Find out all the ways you can use lemon by watching this funny and informative video.
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!
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! Just like any other girl, I love beauty trends, but what is cool and trendy to us (girls) could turn your date off. Just like how shoulder pads were “cool” in the 90’s, not every fashion trend, including beauty trends, should be followed. Remember men and women are very different, and this applies to beauty trends and what is deemed as attractive. You maybe excited about a fabulous new beauty trend but your date could be turned off by it.
Worst Beauty Trends Video
Worst Beauty Trends for Dates
1-Crazy Eye Shadow Colors
2- Over the top nail art or Gothic colored nail polish
3- Obviously Fake Lashes
4- Really really dark lipstick
5- Too much Shimmer
When it comes to beauty trends and makeup, less is more. Keep it soft and feminine, and let your natural beauty shine. =)