Ever since Oprah featured Spanx on her talk show, Spanx has been a household name for women — and it's created a boom in the shapewear industry. Heck, now you can even get Spanx and other smooth-you-out options at Target! But what are the pros of shapewear and are there any cons? We round-up the benefits and things left to be desired about Spanx!
Pros of Shapewear
1. It certainly does work. Spanx can really make you look five to ten, even fifteen pounds lighter. And these days Spanx even makes swimwear and swimsuits (along with Spanx for men)!
2. No more muffin top. Spanx and other shapewear really does smooth out the body, leaving you with a clean silhouette. No muffin top, or extra skin at the bra line — it's kind of like magic.
3. It builds confidence. Heading to that high school reunion or big date? Squeeze into some Spanx or shapewear and you can be certain that you'll be showing off your best — ahem — assets.
Cons of Shapewear
1. They can make you feel fat. It may seem counterintuitive that something that is supposed to make you look and feel better actually does the opposite, but when you have to squeeze, shimmy and suck yourself into shapewear, it can make you feel anything but sexy, attractive or confident. It's also a reminder that you wished you looked differently than you actually do.
2. They can upset your stomach. Shapewear for the stomach puts so much pressure on the midsection that in some women it can actually cause acid reflux or an upset stomach stomach.
3. They're messing with our body image. We already have enough pressure to be thin or look a certain way. And now we're using artificial products to further hold ourselves to an unrealistic standard? What does this say to the young girls of the world?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.