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Waist Training: Snooki Does It; Should You?

Short & Sweet

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi shared a photo of herself Monday on Instagram with her new training partner—a pink and black waist trainer garment. Waist training is the latest craze among celebrities to help them slim down fast, but it resembles and works exactly like the very old-school, Victorian Era corset.

The Lowdown

According to US Weekly, Snooki has been determined to lose the baby weight she gained while she was pregnant with her daughter Giovanna, who was born Sept. 26, because her wedding to fiancé Jionni LaValle is later this month. Besides working out like crazy (which she also grammed photos of), she decided to enlist some extra help in a waist trainer.

Waist trainers, or cinchers, change your shape and slim your waist after wearing them for long periods of time. Snooki isn't the only celeb waist training. Kim and Khloe Kardashian have also shared photos of their waist training results on social media. Jessica Alba said she shed her baby weight by wearing a tight fitting corset for three months, also known as "the corset diet."

Sure, these ladies are looking svelte on the red carpet, but what are waist training's lasting effects on their bodies?

New York bariatric physician Dr. Jyotindra Shah told the Huffington Post that "long-term use of a corset can bruise internal organs, damage skin and restrict breathing."

"[The corset] could also restrict oxygenation, which is an important part of life," Shah said. "Oxygen helps the metabolism. It helps the functions of each and every organ of the body. Restricting oxygenation of the body could do long-term damage to your metabolism and health, and you don't want that."

Permanent internal damage sounds scary, and it may not even be worth the risk since the slenderizing effect doesn't last.

"Medically, it doesn't make sense that cinching your waist tightly will make it permanently smaller," Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine, told Women's Health. "Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape."

The Upshot

It's not trendy, but eating healthy and exercising are still the safest and most effective ways to slim your whole body, waist included. If you're a new mom trying to lose the baby weight, try following a sensible diet plan and exercise with your baby. Your baby will enjoy the one-on-one time, and your organs will thank you.

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