My Experience with the Classic Latex Waist Trainer

 

Check out my experience with a sports waist trainer which I love!

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After trying out the sports waist trainer, I knew I had to get the latex waist trainer which is a more firm, aggressive version for faster results. As the sports waist trainer worked really well for me, I was curious to what the latex one would do. If you would like to know about my results from waist training, my reasons for waist training, the safety of waist training, how it works, and how often I wear it, please check out the article above!

In contrast to my first waist trainer, I have more mixed feelings about this one. Ultimately, I think it all depends on your body structure – whether you have a long torso or a short torso to how comfortable this waist trainer would be for you, I’ve noted at the bottom of the article which brands are better if you have a longer torso or a shorter torso.

On the positive side, when I wear it, and take it off at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve had an ab workout as my abs feel a bit sore. I think this happens due to the flexible fabric (latex) when I breathe in, and my chest expands, they have to push through the resistance of the fabric so I can fully inhale. Therefore, the repetition of this process through out the day works out the abs and helps to define them more. This waist trainer also causes me to sweat a lot more and I feel heat around my core, which releases toxins and helps to burn more calories. Here are other positives I noticed:

  • By time, it gradually takes the shape of your body and it becomes more comfortable to wear since it’s more customised for you, due to the flexible latex material.
  • The design and latex material looks and feels amazing (this is actually my favourite thing about this waist trainer!)
  • It helps posture (but not as much as the sports trainer)
  • It is invisible under clothes
  • It keeps your curves in mind due to the section at the bottom which is more stretchy and expansive so it doesn’t dig into your skin too much.
  • This waist trainer surprisingly helps to ease menstrual cramps due to the heat and warmth it provides. Sometimes I just put it on the bottom three hooks around my midsection to give me warmth without any tightness by using all the hooks.

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However, all the positives didn’t really outweigh the negatives for me. The waist trainer did not make my waist any smaller after a total of three months which may not be a lot, but I noticed a reduction in my waist size after just a month of wearing the sports trainer, and as it is a more powerful version than the sports trainer, it didn’t really rise up to my expectations. However, this may be due to my waist not being able to physically get any smaller rather than the product itself. Nevertheless, the main reason why this waist trainer did not work for me was my body shape and the structure to how it’s built. I have a very short torso, with longer legs, therefore, the smallest part of my waist is actually very short. This waist trainer is very long, so it could be suited to people with a longer torso. However, it temporarily elongates my waist and works as overall body shaping wear for me rather than a medium to make my waist smaller. However, it does not tick all my boxes due to the negative aspects I’ve noticed:

  • It definitely restricts my breathing quite a bit due to the tightness of the hooks around my upper rib cage. It would be better if it was tighter on my actual waist rather than in other places.
  • The bottom of the waist trainer is in contact with my backside and therefore it crinkles up my waist which kind of defeats the purpose since the waist trainer does not stay straight.
  • Overall, it didn’t really do anything for me.
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Length difference between Ann Chery Classic Latex vs. TruFigure Sports Waist Trainer

Therefore, this waist trainer would be a lot better for someone with a longer torso and it’s better as overall body shaping wear as it is a single unit tightening up a large part of your core together due to it’s length, rather than being concentrated on the waist.

However, my sports trainer was from a brand called TruFigure which I think caters more for a short torso. The classic latex waist trainer is by Ann Chery which I would steer away from due to my body shape, but it would be more effective for those with a longer torso. Both brands manufacture classic latex waist trainers and sports waist trainers. Next time I might try TruFigure’s latex waist trainer and if I do, I’ll update you with what happens!

*Please note that a waist trainer is not in any way a substitute for diet or exercise, it is more of an ‘enhancement’ or a ‘supplement’. Always consult your physician before trying anything new!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section! 

Alternatively, you can email me on ouramazingsouls@gmail.com

Have a great day and smile because you’re a beautiful soul! ♥

 

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1461 Calorie High Protein Smoothie

 

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This is only an estimate of what this smoothie can provide, 1461 calories, and 47 grams of protein (woah!) It’s great for people who want to increase their daily calories, perhaps gain weight, or those who do body-building.  You can really alter the ingredients, depending on your preferences (but this may alter the calorie and protein intake). You can also add protein powder, or more fruits for extra protein and quick carbohydrates. However, if you’re looking to significantly increase your protein intake, make sure you eat protein with every meal (around 20-30 grams of protein)  because your body cannot actually absorb a very high amount of protein at once, therefore, for building muscles, it is more beneficial to spread out your protein intake during the day.

  • 2 cups of cow’s milk:  84 calories, 8g of protein (or the milk of your choice, please note that cow’s milk can cause you to feel bloated, especially when drinking such a rich smoothie, so I would recommend another type of milk!)
  • 45 g oats:   175 calories, 8g of protein
  • 2 bananas: 200 calories, 2 g of protein
  • 100g almonds: 600 calories,  21g of protein
  • 1 large tablespoon of peanut butter: 100 calories, 4g of  protein
  • 1 large tablespooon of almond butter: 100 calories, 4g of protein
  • 3 tablespoons of honey: 192 calories
  • 1 tsp maca powder: 10 calories
  • Ice (or frozen fruits/bananas)

Blend all the ingredients together (I usually like to blend the almonds first so they turn to powder or you can soak them in water overnight to soften them up) and enjoy the yummines! ♥

 

 

My experience with waist training.

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My experience with waist training after one month… 

I’ve always wanted a waist trainer, but I was somehow hesitant to if it actually works, is it safe, and what’s the point if I can just workout to get the shape I want?  So far, I have lost 1.5″ off my waist, down to 23.5″ and I’m actually quite surprised because I didn’t think it would be that effective on me. After just one to two weeks of wearing it I’ve noticed that it helps to flatten my stomach and enhance my shape more. Also, my favourite feature about the waist trainer is that it significantly improved my posture and it’s more second-nature to me to have a better posture even if I’m not wearing it. I never wanted to get a waist trainer as a weight loss medium, in fact, I’m actually trying to gain weight, but I wanted it to improve my body shape more, and attain a smaller waist, which is what I prefer on myself, (I’m not trying to portray that this is the ideal body type in any way, I’m just expressing what I prefer on myself and sharing my experience with my readers!). Continue reading

Protein Supplements and Building Muscles

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We don’t need supplements to build muscles, but because our bodies does not absorb or take in all the nutrients it needs, taking multi-vitamins, fish oils and protein supplements may be beneficial to ensure optimum performance and results. It’s an on-going debate on whether protein supplements are really necessary and the truth is, they’re not. However, protein powders are easily absorbed by the body after working out, so they can reach your muscles quicker compared to, for example, steak which needs a lot more time to be digested. In addition, they help escalating your total protein intake to efficiently build muscles.

When and how much should I consume protein shakes?

Protein shakes should be consumed within 20 minutes of your workout so your muscles can absorb them. Make sure to read the instructions on the pack to ensure you are getting the right amount of protein (should be around 25g). They can be added as part of your daily diet for extra protein, but they should never be used to replace real food like eggs, meat, chicken, fish, etc.

Below I will explain the pros and cons of different types of protein powders.

Whey Protein Powder

Whey protein is the most commonly used type of protein powder, and it’s made from the clear liquid that’s left over from cheese-making, which gets dried up to form a powder. There are 3 types: concentrate, isolate,and hydrolysate. The main difference between them is simply how they’re processed and what they offer e.g. faster absorption rate, less fat/carbs. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what type you consume, unless you have specific requirements.

Pros-

  • Quickly absorbed by the body
  • Can be easily blended in a drink
  • Tastes great, with a variety of flavours
  • High in protein (around 25g per portion)
  • Contains all necessary amino acids

Cons-

  • May cause stomach upsets in certain individuals or bloating – hydrolysate protein is the most recommended for these symptoms
  • May cause acne for some individuals, if combined with a high-dairy diet
  • Not suitable for vegans or individuals who are lactose-intolerant

Casein Powder

Casein is similar to whey, as it’s another compound found in cow’s milk. The main difference is that casein digests slower than whey, making it a better option when you need a slow release of protein (usually before bed as you will go several hours without food). However, I would not recommend it for beginners as it’s not really essential.

Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp protein is my favourite as it always makes me feel more refreshed, and funnily enough, it’s a derivative of cannabis but it’s completely safe to consume.

Pros-

  • Helps ease muscle pain for quick recovery
  • Suitable for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant
  • High in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
  • Easy on stomach and doesn’t cause bloating
  • Contains all necessary amino acids

Cons-

  • Doesn’t taste good
  • Less protein per portion, so you often need more scoops to have 25g of protein
  • May be expensive, specifically in the US since it’s illegal to grow, so it has to be imported

Pea Protein Powder

Pea protein usually comes from, yes, peas…

Pros-

  • High in protein per portion
  • Suitable for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant

Cons-

  • Does not contain cystine (essential amino acid)

Soy Protein 

Soy Protein comes from soy beans, which are legumes native to East Asia

Pros-

  • Contains all the essential amino acids
  • Cheap
  • Suitable for vegans
  • High in protein
  • Suitable for individuals who are lactose-intolerant

Cons-

  • Studies say that soy can interfere with hormones if taken in large quantities, potentially lowering testosterone levels and increasing oestrogen levels