Khloe Kardashian flaunted off her weight loss and flat abs courtesy of a corset waist trainer. Kardashian said she’s “obsessed” with her waist trainer, echoing the sentiments her sister Kim recently made.
Khloe displayed her weight loss in a dramatic before-and-after photo on Instagram Feb. 27 (above right). “Looking back at pictures of myself I didn’t realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was,” Kardashian wrote in the caption.
Khloe continued: “People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don’t think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever. I started slow and eventually I started working out 4 to 5 days a week.”
In addition to consistent exercise, Kardashian also credits wearing a waist trainer for her flatter abs. While it may sound odd, “waist-training” or the “Corset Diet,” is a weight loss trend some women use to winnow down their bellies.
“This is a remarkable way to train your waist to be smaller,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Sinclair, who claims some of his patients have lost up to six inches.
Kim Kardashian revealed she wore a tight corset to bed every night to make her waist smaller ahead of her May 2014 wedding to Kanye West. Kim credited waist training and a low-carb ketogenic Atkins diet for her 56-pound weight loss just six months after giving birth, Celebrity Health reported. Khloe, who hates dieting, doesn’t do low-carb, but limits portions when she wants to lose weight.
Waist training sounds drastic, but actress Jessica Alba has credited wearing double corsets around the clock for three months for her dramatic post-baby weight loss. Similarly, Brooke Burke Charvet said wearing a corset was responsible for her stunning post-baby weight loss after each of her four pregnancies.
“Wrapping your post-partum belly is a concept that has been around for centuries,” said Burke Charvet. “It works as a compression garment. It helps the swelling of the uterus go back down to its original size and it supports all that baggy baby skin. It is a great, great way to get back in shape.”
But not everyone is sold on the weight loss benefits of waist training and say wearing tight corsets for prolonged periods squeezes your waist and organs. Fitness experts also say waist trainers can prevent you from strengthening your abs because the body starts to rely on the corset and not its own muscles to stabilize itself. Still, waist trainers have skyrocketed in popularity, and the trend shows no signs of waning.