It is all-important that you progress gradually with any waist reduction as a sudden extreme reduction can cause a large amount of discomfort to say the least!
I’d like to do away right now with the myth that corset training involves any kind of suffering, wearing a corset should feel comfortable, unrestrictive and it should be easy to almost forget you’re wearing it. So don’t force your body, work with it. It should feel supported and ‘hugged’ not like your fighting against a death grip!
Now as for time scale, a waist reduction can be affected by a lot of factors, the main one being fat mass which can mean after the initial inch loss (which will be substancial as fat is extremely squashy) you won’t be able to get down to those smaller sizes without difficulty. Also if your loosing weight and tight lacing, your weight loss and the speed at which you loose will mean a dramatically different inch reduction to say someone who remains the same overal weight. Muscle will also play a part as this doesn’t squash so easily. A lean person will progress slower as a result.
Generally the first 4 inches or so are the easiest to loose and can be done so in a matter of months, but it becomes increasingly difficult after that. Sometimes a half inch can take a year for example. If your going that small – 20 inches and below (this also depends on your frame) then it’s a good idea to let your doctor know what your doing so he can monitor your health.
A common misassumption it that corset training for just a few months can permanently reduce your waist size. Unless your using it as a weight loss aid then no, it can’t, sorry. However, if worn for a number of years yes the corset can keep you thinner than you naturally would have been, had you not worn a corset during this time. We all get bigger round the middle naturally as we age, unless somethings there to physically stop us. But even after waist training for years, you’ll find that just an hour uncorseted will result in some waist expansion.
When you waist train its important to exercise as your movement will be restricted and your core muscles (normally responsible for holding up your torso) will be relaxed and therefore weakened. You need to do a mixture of cardio and core strengthening exercises to avoid the less desirable effects of corset training.
It doesn’t matter how you get your heart rate up, I go for a jog in the mornings myself, but you should find some way that suits you to get your heart rate up for around 20 minutes at least three times a day. Get your heart beating fast and you breathing heavy in whatever way suits you best. The point is two-fold, it obviously keeps you fit but it also helps expand your lung capacity which will naturally diminish if you wear a corset as it will, at least in part, stop you fully using your lungs. If you don’t think you’ll stick to an exercise regime then going to a class or exercising with a friend to keep you motivated. It’s important you make the commitment as you can otherwise become less fit than before you started corset training and may even develop breathing problems.
Core muscle exercises again are also important to avoid the negative effects of tight lacing. Your core muscles reach all the way round your torso and include both the back muscles and the six pack muscles. Wearing a corset takes the strain off this muscle group which is great for back pain but if your taking up corset training to flatten your stomach you may find that when you take off your corset your rounder than before. You need to keep these muscles strong. There are some great core workout videos on the market but seeking the advice of a doctor, a personal trainer (who aren’t nearly as scary or expensive as you might think) or just the guy who works at the local gym is a great place to start.
So you’ve heard it a thousand times in every magazine, on every doctor’s bulletin board and every health related TV program, diet and exercise are key to weight loss and maintaining a healthy body. But diet means something sligtly different to a tight lacer.
Diet becomes extra important when corset training, you should not automatically start under eating, but eating sensibly! Wearing a tight corset also means eating differently. You can’t eat a big meal in a corset, you will feel ill! But we talked about that yesterday, you know you’re going to be eating much smaller meals and more often.
I also doubt I need to lecture you on eating your greens! But I am now going to warn you that you need to take in enough roughage. Theres no way to avoid the subject, squeezing your insides, especially your intestines makes your body’s ability to process food that much slower.
Healthy exercise is as you know, equally as important as a healthy diet and thats what we’re going to concentrate on tomorrow.
A few words on eating and drinking in your corset. You have to be careful how you ‘fill the tank’ while corset training. Those of you who’ve been tight lacing for a while now will no doubt have your own regimes but the less experienced would-be waist trainers will probably be unaware of just how much wearing this restrictive garment will affect your eating habits. I wanted to point out to you the problems you’ll encounter if you try to eat the same sized meals as before.
Wearing a corset while eating makes it easy to suddenly find yourself feeling bloated and uncomfortable with little warning. (If this happens then loosen yor corset a little but this shouldn’t become a common practice). With your stomach compressed you’ll feel comfortably full after only eating a little over half what you normally would. You should stop at this point, don’t eat until you feel bloated, its not good for your body. This is why corset training is associated with weight loss as, indeed, it is very similar to having a gastric band operation! So the best thing to do while corset training is to separate meals into smaller ones, try having four mini meals, which will also help you avoid snacking between meals. You also need to be weary of cold drinks as a cold beverage will fool your stomach into thinking its emptier than it is. The cold numbs your stomach and tricks it into feeling like you have more room to spare. Please try not to use this to finish meals as you really will regret it later when your innereds warm up! It’s fine to leave food on your plate, especially if your using corset training in conjunction with diet and exercise to loose weight. Would you rather it went in the bin or on your hips? However, don’t under eat either! Tightening your corset isn’t a substitute for lunch. You need to be more sensible rather than less when it comes to food intake and tight lacing.
If your planning on loosing weight by donning a corset and changing nothing else about your lifestyle then you will loose some weight, but its not the smartest move. Corset training will leave you unable to eat as much at mealtimes (unless you take the corset off but that defeats the object lol). Because you can’t eat as much its important that what you do put into your body is going to give you the nutrition you need. A healthy diet and exercise plan are key to any weight loss, but corset training can further improve your results. It becomes impossible to binge eat without feeling seriously sick and bloated so you’ll find wearing your corset a disincentive to eat large amounts. You’ll also feel less hungry on account of your stomach being compressed and you’ll feel full quicker and thus satisfied. Smaller meals will also lead to your stomach shrinking – yes it does this. If you eat large meals your stomach stretches over time to accomodate your eating habits. Thats why when you cut down your food intake you still feel hungry after you’ve eaten a sensible amount of food, you need to wait for your stomach to shrink to match your new meal size. This often triggers people to abandon their diet. Tight lacing will combat this feeling and allow you to cut down on your food without feeling unsatisfied.
Hallelujah! I hear you cry. But you still need to eat the right sorts of food and start exercising more regularly. Being in a corset may make you less inclined to be active if your not used to the restrictive nature of the garment. Remember you shouldn’t exercise in your corset, take it off when your doing anything overly energetic!
Tight-lacers love the individuality of customising the body, a lot of modern corset training is practised because the wearer wants to follow their own idea of beauty rather than the reasons of old when corset training was practised to conform to society in the Victorian era. This is by far the biggest change that has taken place within the practise of waist training. Today its about empowering women (and men) rather than constraining them! So I’d like to point out that you should be corset training for you and not your peers, boyfriend, job etc.
So beside customising your body what other uses does the humble corset have? There are actually medical benefits to a tight laced corset. Medical corsets are used for back pain and spine deformaties. If your looking into them for this reason you should ask your doctor to direct you to a specialist. But a much more likely reason for you my readers to be waist training is to loose weight. Corset training is great for helping to reduce your weight. Obviously it needs to be in addition to exercise and a sensible diet but you’ll find you physically can’t eat as much while wearing one. We’ll go into the ins and outs (yes I know, bad pun) of eating and diet in next weeks posts.
Again there are no hard and fast rules, everyone is different and my best advice is to listen to your body and accept its limits. It can become a compulsion for some people – getting that last half inch, fitting back into that wedding dress. Its dangerous if you don’t stop when it feels wrong or even starts to hurt.
That said generally its easier to reduce down the first 2-4 inches, these are sometimes managed within 6months, then it can take up to a year per half inch. People with a lot more body fat will find it easier to compress their body than those of a leaner build and combining corset training with weight loss means there are no hard and fast rules to follow as your body mass is reducing along side any corset induced waist reductions.
Yesterday was (I’ll admit!) a bit of a strict telling off for those trying to push their body too far too soon, apologies if I sounded like anyone’s mother
Now, how to corset train properly:
Its very simple and you can’t go far wrong if you follow the golden rule – ‘listen to your body’, if it hurts stop. If your just starting out you need to brake your corset in (more on that tomorrow) otherwise it won’t have time to mould to your body shape, wont feel as comfortable ad it could and won’t last as long as it should.
When you put your corset on after the braking in period you still need to do it gradually. Give yourself a minimum of 20minutes to gradually tighten it, allowing time in between tugs for your body to settle in and the corset to start feeling loose again. Stop when the corset stops feeling looser after 10minutes or so.
If you’re corset training correctly like this you can expect to reduce your waist by between 2-5 inches in the first 3 months, the longer you go on tight lacing and the smaller you get, the harder it will be to reduce further. You should be wearing the corset all day for this except when bathing and exercising. Again start slow with 2-4 hrs and work up to full days.
Always listen to your body, its the most important bit of advice I can give any new corset trainer. Also make sure you are checked over by your doctor regularly when practising extreme corset training – in my opinion this is anything beyond a 5 inch reduction on someone with a stable weight.
So what you need to know before corset training and what you can expect after?
Now I know I say this a lot but you really can’t rush or force your body into corset training. There really is no point to jumping straight into a corset, forcing your waist down by a 5inch reduction and saying “there! I’m a tightlacer!” Because you’ve then got to keep that corset on 8 – 12+ hrs a day for the next 6months to make the reduction permanent, or as permanent as a corseted waist gets. (Everyone’s waist expands a certain amount when they take off their corset, even after years of corset training.) You’d be lucky to last a day with such a violent reduction before giving up on account of the discomfort and or pain. I’m being over dramatic but my point is this – if your planning to corset train you need to be in it for the long run, not the short sprint! Waist training is a way of life, it affects your eating habits, sleeping habits, your movement etc etc. It IS rewarding but only for those who enjoy the process as much as they enjoy the end result. You shouldn’t tighten your corset to the point where it feels uncomfortable, your corset should support and ‘hug’ your body rather than crushing you. If it hurts your doing it wrong.
We continue this little chat with more detailed info on corset training before and after here…
Just a brief chat today about eating and drinking while corset training. Those who have been doing it a while no doubt have their eating routines sussed but for those just starting out I wanted to point out the joys of eating little and often and the perils of cold drinks when corset training.
When wearing a corset it’s very easy to feel bloated and uncomfortable after a large meal. With your stomach compressed it’s normal to only eat a little over half what you normally would without feeling discomfort. This is why corset training is associated with weight loss and is indeed very similar to having a gastric band! So the best thing to do while corset training is to separate meals into smaller ones, have 5 smaller meals instead of 3. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. This helps cut out snacking too and as smaller meals digest better it’s good for your health!
Lastly a cautionary word about cold drinks. A cold beverage will fool your stomach into thinking its emptier than it is because it numbs it to an extent. So if your partial to over eating in your corset try to sip cold drinks rather than having big gulps. Otherwise after the cold effect wears off you’ll feel more uncomfortable than usual!