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SuperModelMD: How Do I Snap Back & Lose My Baby Weight

To make things worse, I get really uncomfortable whenever I have it on, and sometimes I even feel like I can’t breathe well. Why isn’t my waist trainer helping me lose weight? I want my body back!

Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe

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SuperModelMDDear SuperModelMD,

I had a baby last year and gained so much weight during my pregnancy. Since then, my body just hasn’t been the same. I can’t fit into any of my clothes from before, and it makes me upset and a bit down at times. I really miss my pre-baby body and wardrobe! I heard that a waist trainer can help you slim down if you wear it daily, so I bought one a few months ago and keep mine on for at least eight hours a day. Unfortunately, I haven’t lost any weight yet. To make things worse, I get really uncomfortable whenever I have it on, and sometimes I even feel like I can’t breathe well. Why isn’t my waist trainer helping me lose weight? I want my body back!
-Snapback struggle so so real

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Dear Snapback struggle so so real,

Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it can be the ultimate challenge to shed those excess pounds. What is key to recognize is that there are simply no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight. Moreover, in regards to “waist training,” there is no scientific evidence demonstrating that waist trainers may lead to weight loss or fat burning. Wearing a waist trainer may perhaps create the illusion of having a smaller waistline when you have it on, but, once you take it off, your waistline remains unchanged.

Additionally, the longer the duration of time the waist trainer is worn and the tighter you wear it, the higher the risk of health problems. Due to the tight constrictive nature of the garment, keeping it on for extended time periods may cause organ damage, breathing problems, fainting episodes, acid reflux, skin rash, and more.

From what you’ve described, your waist trainer is taking a toll on your respiratory status and ultimately affecting your well being. So it is time to stop the waist training and focus on making certain healthy lifestyle modifications. Re-evaluate the kind of foods you consume daily and make sure you’re actually eating healthy. A consistent exercise regimen must also be a part of the equation, and it should include exercises that help to strengthen your core. Avoid the fads you hear about along the way and get back to the basics of healthy eating and exercise. Consistency is key and you will be back on the path to shedding those pounds.

Dr. Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe is a Nigerian-American medical doctor and health expert. An internal medicine physician, speaker, and blogger, Dr. Nesochi has been featured and interviewed about a wide range of health-related topics by popular media outlets including CNN, Vogue, CNBC Africa, and more. Learn more about her on drnesochi.com and her blog supermodelmd.com.

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