Wearing corsets is a wonderful way to trim down your waist line, but can it actually help you to lose weight along the way? This is the bold claim made by certain groups touting the benefits of the “corset diet”. This fad diet has been around for a while now, but it can still be difficult to determine if the claims of losing up to two pounds per week with the aid of a corset are true. How can you tell fact from fiction?
Well ladies, we’d all like to believe that wearing a beautiful corset can not only diminish our waist line immediately (it can), but that it can also help us to shed unwanted pounds (eh…?). Is your corset the cure for an undesirable number on the scale? Here’s what you should know.
Corseting vs. Dieting
Let’s start with some basic definitions. A corset is a garment supported by steel boning. It’s worn around the torso and tightened with laces as a way to create the illusion of a smaller waist line. With a long-term waist training regimen, you can see semi-permanent waist slimming results.
A diet involves the amount and type of food you ingest. Many diets restrict calories, as well as portion size and the types of foods you can eat. Often, foods high in fats, sugars, and carbohydrates (you know, the good stuff) are limited or even eliminated in an effort to force the body to burn fat for fuel and shed weight more quickly.
Looking at these two definitions, you might not see any correlation. This is because there isn’t one. Wearing a corset is not dieting. I know, it sucks. It would be really great if all you had to do to lose weight was put on a lovely corset each day and eat exactly what you want. The good news is, you can still strap on this gorgeous garment to narrow your waist and look and feel beautiful at any weight.
The “Corset Diet”
So, what gives? How can these people claim guaranteed results with the so-called corset diet? Like any good myth, there’s a kernel of truth hidden in there. If you lace your corset tightly enough, it will naturally constrict your midsection somewhat. This can make expansion, as when eating, rather difficult.
For this reason, some people claim a corset is a sort of miracle solution for your dieting woes. The idea is that you’ll feel full faster because of the constriction, so you’ll be forced to eat smaller meals, thus losing weight in the process.
However, there is a flaw in this plan. Wearing a corset is NOT a diet. A corset won’t stop you from eating empty calories like cake and soda. It won’t stop you from eating as much as you want when you take it off. It won’t stop you from feeling hungry, even when you can’t physically put more food in your body. Plus, if you cinch it too tightly without proper guidance, you could end up causing a lot more harm than good.
A corset is just a garment. Putting it on can help you to lose weight and stay on track when you undertake a healthy weight loss plan. The results you see in the mirror could motivate you to stick to your diet. But there’s absolutely no guarantee that wearing a corset will cause you to lose weight.
Like anything worth doing, you’ll have to put in the time and effort with an actual diet if you want to lose weight. What your corset can do is help you to look and feel your best every step of the way.
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