Kim Kardashian's latest fitness obsession? "Waist training," she revealed to her followers on Instagram while wearing a What's a Waist workout band. Constricting corsets like these claim to help you lose inches by encouraging perspiration to get rid of fat and toxins. But can they really give everyone Kardashian-like hourglass figures?
We asked dermatologist Bruce Katz, director of Juva Skin and Laser Center in New York City, to see if they're worth incorporating into your pre-wedding regimen. "They don't make you slim because of perspiration accumulating under the band," he says. "If you lose weight, it's because you're holding in your stomach so that you can't eat well! Women wore these all the time decades ago. They might make you look slimmer when you're wearing them, but they won't cause you to lose pounds."
Still want to try one out for yourself? Supplement it with a healthy diet (try one of our favorite's—Perricon's Anti-Inflammatory Diet) and top it off with an exercise regimen, because of course, that's the best way to be glowing and fit for your big day.
And while you don't have to worry about serious, long-term problems like the bands hurting your organs, Katz says they can rub against your skin, causing irritation or rashes. (Not something we'd want to have to deal with pre-wedding!) Kim K., consider yourself warned.
What do you think? Would ever wear a waist trainer to get in shape before your big day? Sound off on Twitter by tweeting us @BRIDES.