Is Your Shapewear Doing More Harm Than Good?

Hailed as the saving grace for concealing a flabby tummy or chubby thighs, Shapewear is our default go-to garment when wearing figure-hugging dresses or pants. It’s a shortcut to looking slimmer instantly and helps to create the illusion of a well-defined body line. Plus, it also does wonders for our self-esteem and allows us to experiment with different clothes that we would usually avoid wearing.

Even if our shapewear gets unbearably tight after a meal or leaves us a little breathless after walking up stairs, we still hesitate to take it off. After all, no pain, no gain right? Well, if you are thinking of incorporating shapewear into your everyday clothing, you might want to reconsider doing so. This is because constantly wearing shapewear can bring about several undesirable health issues such as urinary tract infections, digestive problems, numbness and rashes. Not to mention that long term wearing of shapewear might encourage loss of lean muscle mass, thus affecting your metabolic rate and increasing the likelihood of weight gain in the future.

Still not convinced? Here is a list of ways in which your shapewear can possibly be doing more harm than good.


The Consequences Of Wearing Shapewear Frequently

When buying shapewear, some of us tend to go for smaller sizes so that we can look even thinner. Unfortunately, what happens is that we end up feeling suffocated and uncomfortable instead. Therefore, it’s imperative that you pick the right size because you could be subjecting yourself to unnecessary pain and unpleasant health issues when worn for long periods of time.

Asides from that, shapewear is not a ‘one size fits all’ type of garment, which is why you should do your research before investing in one that suits your body type. If not, you might end up making yourself look even bigger than before due to the bumps and bulges caused by ill-fitting shapewear. Hence, it’s best to seek the help of a sales assistant when buying shapewear so that he or she can advise you on the best type of shapewear for your body.

Nevertheless, you are recommended to limit the frequency of wearing shapewear so as to minimize the health-related ramifications that come with it.

Affects Digestion

While shapewear can be a great way to hide a saggy and bloated tummy, it can hinder the digestion process due to the amount of pressure that is placed on your abdomen. By wearing your shapewear, you are essentially squeezing your stomach for an extended period of time, thus increasing the probability of gastric acid bypassing the lower oesophagal sphincter and back flowing into the gullet. As a result, you will experience a burning sensation in your throat and chest, also known as heartburn. Asides from that, you might even find yourself burping a lot and feeling bloated due to the excess wind trapped in your digestive system. Hence, you might want to rethink wearing shapewear if you are going to consume a large meal.

Increase The Chances Of Getting A Urinary Tract Infection

As it can be rather difficult to get out of shapewear, we tend to either not relieve ourselves or delay our visits to the restroom. As such, this might result in a loss of bladder control whereby you are unable to stop yourself from urinating before reaching the restroom. This is because your bladder is constantly compressed by your shapewear, despite being filled with urine. However, the urine is not released even though you might have an urge to pee. Thus, this increases the possibility of incontinence in the future. In addition, if you often hold your pee for a long time, bacteria can accumulate in your bladder and make you more susceptible to contracting a urinary tract infection.

Causes Your Legs To Become Numb

You know that feeling of ‘pins and needles’ that you get when sitting in an uncomfortable position for too long? Akin to the sensation, wearing shapewear for an extended period of time can cause your legs to feel numb and achy. This is because most shapewear encompasses and fit snugly around your thighs, thus placing a strain on the nerves in that area. As such, this can cause a loss of feeling in your legs. Asides from that, it can also result in decreased blood flow, hence raising the likelihood of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. In addition, it can also exacerbate the development of varicose veins in the legs.

Higher Possibility of Developing Rashes

As shapewear is usually made of form-fitting nylon, lycra or spandex, it is difficult for the skin to ‘breathe’. Hence, when you sweat, it is more likely to be retained in your shapewear. Thus, this facilitates the growth of bacteria and increases the risk of infections. The tight material also chafes your privates, which leads to a higher possibility of developing rashes and red bumps in that area. In short, you are more likely to struggle with in-grown hairs in your pubic area due to germs in the hair follicles.

Increased Probability Of Loss In Muscle Mass

Long-term wearing of shapewear can have a negative impact on the strength of your core muscles due to dependence on it for better posture. Also, by consistently squishing your tummy and thighs into shapewear and relying on it to hold up your body, you are depriving your muscles of the chance to work to their full potential. This might result in an increased probability of loss in lean muscle mass, which can affect your metabolic rate and make it easier to put on weight. This is because muscles tend to burn more calories in the resting state than fat.