Welcome to 2016 where the ideal bodyshape is more unrealistic and unattainable than ever before.
Thanks to celebs like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, us mere mortal are sucking, pulling and sweating the small stuff in hopes to attain the accentuated figure-of-the-moment. With today's ideal bodyshape of bigger lips, wider hips, DD perky breasts, tiny waists and toned thighs (with a thigh gap) - it only proves that the hourglass figure is cursed.
Celebrating curves is one thing but idolising them as society's new perfect has put enormous pressures on women to diet and exercise in unjustly ways.
Which is why I controversially conformed to the trend and decided to try the coveted waist trainer. My nervous self willingly gave it a go and documented the experience so you could be kept in the loop and know the honest truth.
Would this experience give me the curves that everyone desires? And was it worth it?
Day 1 | Time: 4 hours
Eager and enthusiastic to see what Kimmy K and celebs alike have been fussing about, I attempted to waist-train it up. But I was quickly left disappointed with the struggle to put the corset on by myself. I had to call in assistance because seeing over my boobs was impossible and it was so tight I needed teamwork to suck myself in and clip it up.
Positive: My posture was on point.
Negative: My breathing was a little shorter and to my despair, I only ate half of my dinner. Why? Because eating more was asking to amplify the uncomfortable feeling.
Day 2 | Time: 3.5 hours
Putting together my outfit while trying to hide this undergarment was a challenge in itself.
The drive to work was slightly awkward. I've never sat so upright in my life.
Similarly, whilst I usually slouch at my desk all day long, I found myself fighting against my new restriction. I had to consciously adjust myself to correct my spinal alignment. That's good, right?
Positive: I walked taller and sat up straighter.
Negative: By the 3 hour mark I started to feel discomfort in my lower abdomen which resulted in a slight thumping sensation. I immediately took off the waist trainer and gave my body a rest.
Day 5 | Time: 5 hours
By this point I'm feeling a little more accustomed to my new frenemy.
Lunch was an effort as - once again I only ate half of my meal. Feeling full is the awful part - it's a gross feeling where you're not sure if the food is going down or coming back up!
Positive: My posture is slightly improving without the trainer on.
Negative: Back rolls and a muffin top is a serious issue.
Day 7: Time: 4 hours
By this point I feel as if I'm in a love hate relationship. I do like how it shapes my waist into an enviable Kimmy K figure - but without out it - I'm totally regular. On the plus side, I found myself standing and sitting straighter and naturally pulling in my stomach.
I went for a brisk walk where I was left panting from the lack of oxygen flowing through my lungs. (my brisk walk didn't last very long)
Honestly, I don't see how it's supposed to mould your body - because as soon as I take off the corset everything bursts back into position (yes, tummy out!).
Honestly, the over exaggerated hour glass figure seems like wishful thinking.
The only way your body will adapt to these extremes is via a strict exercise routine, healthy diet and maybe sculpting or surgery.
In my opinion, waist training is an illusive idea to convince women that they can achieve some 'perfect' figure through dramatic measures.
I did lose a little weight but that's because I couldn't eat a full meal. And I struggled to keep it on for longer than 5 hours. The discomfort and constrictions were a real problem. I found myself count downing the hours because I couldn't wait to rip it off.