Why we won't be snagging one for ourselves or anyone else on our holiday gift lists.
During the holiday season, it seems like every brand comes out with a special holiday edition product, from Starbucks' holiday cups to Nike's highly festive rose gold collection. While most of these products are fun, kitschy ways to get into the holiday spirit, sometimes, we get holiday products that we definitely didn't ask for. Cue the Christmas-themed waist-trainer corset thing that was recently featured on Khloé Kardashian's Instagram. Yes, we know these are ads, but can't this whole waist trainer thing be over already? This is definitely one holiday item we won't be adding to our wish lists.
Why, you ask? Well first, even though countless celebs have endorsed them (Jessica Alba included), waist trainers don't actually work in the way that these brands claim they do. Yes, wearing one might make your waist look smaller while you have it on, but once you take it off your body will return to normal. Plus, if you wear one while exercising, as many of these companies recommend, your breathing will be restricted, which is really not ideal for getting in a quality sweat session. It also might actually be pretty to wear a corset during strenuous exercise: "With so much pressure on your middle, it can lead to bruising and even organ damage," as New York City nutritionist Brittany Kohn, R.D., told us in Is Wearing a Corset the Secret to Weight Loss?. Sure, you might get bruises on the reg from your CrossFit workouts, but organ damage? No thanks.
What's more, these babies don't come cheap. The limited edition Christmas shaper corset, pictured in Khloé's post, retails for $140—the equivalent of two to three really cute new workout outfits. We'll take new activewear over one of these things any day. (Here, find more bizarre health fads.)