I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant to eat anything bigger than a small snack while wearing my waist trainer because I was afraid that I would feel sick, or at the very least, uncomfortable.
After three days of only eating small snacks while wearing my waist trainer and eating my meals when I didn’t have it on, I decided that a girl’s gotta eat, and I was going to do just that. Though the waist trainer provides gentle abdominal pressure that acts as a small reminder not to overeat, I didn’t want to get to the point where I had eaten enough to bloat my tummy and have it pushing out against my OMG Waist Trainer.
Here are a few things that I learned as I figured out how to eat normally while wearing my waist trainer.
1. Take Your Time
According to Livestrong, it can take your brain around 20 minutes to receive the signal that your stomach sends to it to let it know that you’ve eaten enough. Because of this, we often eat more than we need to and we end up feeling bloated and sick after eating fairly large meals. To avoid overeating, put your fork or spoon down on your plate while you’re chewing each bite (this prevents you from taking another mouthful before swallowing what you’re already chewing), and take a few short breaks to allow your body the chance to signal that you’ve eaten enough. This can help you not to overeat as well as avoid discomfort associated with a bloated tummy pressing up against the waist trainer.
2. Skip the Soda
Remember how we’re trying to avoid uncomfortable bloating? If you plan on drinking soda, you can throw that idea right out of the window. I typically don’t drink soda, but I really wanted to see how I would feel drinking it in the waist trainer because I want to experience as much as I can in it so that I can share my experience with all of you. The carbonation in the soda is known for causing bloating, and this time was no exception. I felt bloated and uncomfortable, and ended up taking my waist trainer off for a little while that day to allow my tummy to calm down. If you want to have a comfortable waist training experience, nix the carbonated beverages.
3. Help the Waist Trainer Help You
Waist training alone won’t be enough to keep you in shape. You need to make sure that you’re taking care of your body and not relying on the waist trainer to magically get you to where you want your body to be. Make sure that you’re staying hydrated and eating a fairly clean diet (check out what you should be eating and what you should avoid) and making it to the gym or doing your home workouts on a regular basis (here are some great tips on working out in a waist trainer as well as exercises to help build your core).
It turns out that I had nothing to fear about eating while wearing my waist trainer. By following these simple tips, I’ve been able to enjoy every meal that I’ve eaten without feeling sick or experiencing any abdominal discomfort. I hope that this will help guide you as you figure out what techniques work for you while you’re wearing your waist trainer!
By: Kayla Harwick