CAN I REALLY REDUCE MY WAIST AND RIB CAGE?
1.Q. I've heard about waist training. Can I do it myself?
A. Perhaps. It is very important that you have a
well-fitting sturdy underbust corset that is
seasoned, most likely one in the wasp or hourglass style
and silhouette, avoiding the stem and possibly the
ice cream cone styles until you are an experienced wearer.
You must also attend to proper nutrition, diet,
exercise, and a gradual lacing down process in order to
avoid damaging the corset or your body.
It is best to be
sure you understand the proper and moderate steps needed
to "train" your waist down to a temporary or permanent
waist reduction. You might consider enrolling in
Waist-Training Coaching Program,
or purchasing our unique 300-page manual on
"Corset Magic: A Fun Guide to Trim Your Waist and
2.Q. What style corset do I need to waist train?
A. Our recommendation is a custom underbust hourglass or wasp
style or silhouette corset
with a front busk closure, because these follow the
natural curves of the human body, are easier to close
down than other styles or a longer overbust corset, and
convenient to put on and remove.
You may choose either the high-hipped Victorian, or
the long line Edwardian underbust style.
3.Q. Does waist training last and how long does it
take? I want to know what I am getting myself into.
I don't want to have to wear a corset every day after
reaching my goals.
A. That depends. My waist-training coaching students
this page and in my book on the topic,
Corset Magic, have permanently lost weight and waistline
inches in three months of dedication to the three basic
elements of my program: wearing, nutrition, and exercise.
While many have gained a bit of weight back, only one has
gained it all back due to enormous stress she encountered
on the job. Even she knew the reason and also said that knowing
the techniques to lose it, she would commence again to do
Will your new figure last? No -- if you immediately stop
training and pig out on Krispy Kreme donuts. We all know that as
a matter of common sense. It will last if you corset
about 2-3 days per week (called "maintenance corseting")
and maintain the moderate lifestyle changes proposed in
Waist training is not for those in a hurry or those who
want immediate, easy results with no effort at all, or
who have more money than sense and want to go for
risky surgery and quick fixes. Even such quick fixes
rarely work in the long run.
I have numerous
liposuction patients come to me after liposuction for
corset waist-training to finally get rid of "love handles"
and sculpt out a noteworthy waistline that lipo did not.
There is even some recent scientific evidence that by
removing subcutaneous fat through lipo, this may
accelerate growth of deeper layer visceral fat, the
more dangerous level of fat that surrounds and may
squeeze the organs such as heart and liver.
Others come to me after bariatric tummy-bypass surgery,
having started to add back on the weight. Why not first try
a short program costing about 1/10 to 1/100 of what surgery
4.Q. If I'm corset waist training, should I minimize
sugar, or fats, or both?
A. Let's back up a step. As stated in a sound
discussion of sugars on this
although it is commonly agreed that overweight and
obesity are due to excessive energy intake and lack of
physical activity, why and how individuals become obese
is linked to multiple causes. There's never one single
answer to any single question, right?
It seems much more
important for you to evaluate your total diet and
lifestyle from a comprehensive perspective. Is your
energy intake in terms of calories, and your energy
expenditure balanced? If not, then you will gain
weight, it's just that simple! Look also at what factors
unique to you, need to be addressed, taking into account
your job, lifestyle, and other considerations. If you
have a sedentary job such as at the computer, you will
tend to expend less calories than someone who is a UPS
delivery person, hopping into and out of her truck all
day, and walking to deliver packages. The key is to
understand a few general principles about foods and food
choices plus how we eat, then pull out the stops in
terms of looking at your stress level, sleep quantity
and quality, and exercise, plus wearing your corset
(which mainly controls portion size and provides a lot
of other minor miracles in terms of boosting your
figure-trimming mission forward), in order to control
your weight and effectively waist train.
5.Q. I work out and a lot of it strengthens my abs,
therefore, will doing my regular workout hinder the
effectiveness of the corset?
A. Do you intend to corset and workout? Itís not
impossible, but likely will dirty your corset far more
frequently than normal. Depending on your workout, you
may or will be developing muscles that counter waist reduction,
and toning others that help it.
You do not want to develop the six-pack abs (rectus
abdominus muscle) but concentrate on toning the oblique
side waistline muscles The pressure of regular corseting,
plus better eating habits and diet, and oblique
exercises, will serve to encourage reduction of the
waistline. In addition, you will likely be losing fat
first and adding muscle even as you trim down, unless
you follow the inadvisable Atkins diet.
Some corset lifestylers advise waist-trainers to cut out all
exercise to intentionally weaken and eventually atrophy
waist and back muscles. Frankly, that goes against
common sense when it comes to overall health, and is
possibly dangerous. Most people who wear corsets do not
want to have to rely 24/7 on a corset when their back
muscles atrophy without normal use and exercise.
6.Q. Can I really move my ribs with corseting?
A. You may have already noticed how the ice cream cone
corset can immediately move torso flesh inward
and visually but temporarily narrow the rib cage.
Take a look at
Bret, a former waist training coaching program
student seen here. Note his narrowed upper torso, and the
V-shape silhouette his corset creates. His main focus however is
not permanent rib-narrowing, but reducing body fat,
improving health, and encouraging flexibility in his ribs.
However, we've heard enough stories about how wearing
an ice cream cone-silhouetted corset may result in
permanent rib slimming over time, although that will
likely take one or more years of almost daily-wear.
We know from one client's experience that it can happen.
Take a look at
Elaine in these images. After wearing
our rib-slimming 1901 style corset by
Morgan for one year every day up to 10 hours per day,
we measured her ribs and verified a one-inch
reduction. We remain convinced that constituted rib
movement rather than mere floss of fat
(as was most likely the case with Amy seen here).
In addition, she was already a very slim individual
when she began corset rib training, had not much body
fat content to begin with, and did not lose any weight
during the process.
We have had a few other clients, both women and men,
attempt rib training in our corsets, but we have not
received any further information. We advise caution in
accepting statements you may read on other websites
assuring that rib movement can be accomplished by wearing
a corset but without
dedicated effort and many, many months of effort.
The underbust 1901 corset style is
clearly "the" corset of choice for any client desiring
to narrow the torso on a temporary or permanent basis.
The lovely spiraling boning pattern
of this unique corset slightly pulls the rib cage
forward and inward visually.
7.Q. When I am wearing my corset but at the same
time want out of it, is there a way to force myself to
keep it on? It always seems that I let it get the best
of me and I take it off.
A. You should never "force" yourself to keep your corset
You reported that your new readymade corset already
tweaks your hipbone and causes numbness down your leg,
a possibly dangerous condition! Pain and even discomfort,
are important messages to you from your body that
something is wrong. Maybe wrong or soon will
be. Of course sometimes you want to challenge yourself
when corseting and that is appropriate, but it requires
good background information about the body and corseting
as well, and the proper choice of style and silhouette
created by your corset. My book
Corset Magic is full of
suggestions about how to challenge yourself, and select
the proper corset for waist training and long hours of
wear, yet never move into pain or endanger your body and
health while you are corseting.
8.Q. Can I eat a normal meal while wearing a corset?
A. Most likely, not.
Most people find when they start corseting and for
some time later, especially if you lace down four or
more inches, that you eat about half as much, and at
one-half the speed. It takes some time to get used to
eating a meal while corseted. You should corset first,
then eat. If you eat first, you will find it difficult
to lace down. Corseting encourages healthy eating habits
including reducing fats, sugar, heavy protein, coffee
and alcohol, because you might tend to get heartburn.
It's also important to drink lots of water and choose
cooked, high fiber foods if you routinely wear a corset.
Our Corset Magic book contains lots of great nutritional
information for those in serious corset waist-training.
9.Q. Is a training belt a good option to start waist
training while waiting for my corset to be made?
Some clients report wearing a belt achieves weight loss
and waist reduction, while other report discomfort, including
excess bloating and gas. In one case our client wore his
belt every day about six hours per day and lost 23
pounds and 3 waistline inches in two months, then
converted to a corset for further training.
In two more months he lost 3.5" more and 11
more pounds. Amazing.
The belt has one downside. It tends to pooch out the
lower belly, so wear it with a strong body briefer or
girdle. It's also important to order it in the proper
width so that the stiff top and bottom edges do not
cut into the skin. Belts typically come in widths of
2.25", 2.5", 2.75", or 3". Which width you choose
depends on your height and distance of lowest rib to
pelvic bone, plus your tolerance for some discomfort
during the seasoning process until your belt begins to
bend at the top and bottom edge and thus, become more
A belt has some advantages over a corset. It can be
worn easily over a dress and not noticed, and it is typically
less expensive than a custom corset. It is useful to
have the option to alternate a corset with a belt, since
the belt restricts body movement and breathing less
than a corset, and can be perceived of as more comfortable
10.Q. I have a 30" snug natural waist. I was told by
another corset business that I should order a "24"
corset. Is that true?
A. We believe it is critical not to apply a
general rule or general expectation regarding proper
size or desirable waist reduction,
because our experience demonstrates that every person
as does the fit and 'feel' of a particular corset style,
even corsets made by the same corsetiere and/or in the
Thus, generalities just
don't serve any good purpose in answering your question.
We will work with you, learn the details of what you desire
to achieve in corset-wearing, your prior experience,
your size and shape and other, to determine the proper
amount of waist reduction when your individual corset
closes in back (although you need never close it; that
matter is up to you!).