When a magician pulls a quarter from your ear or disappears into a cabinet, you know there’s some level of illusion involved. Sorry, but we’re all muggles here, and magic isn’t real. While donning a corset and slimming your waist can seem like a neat magic trick, the truth is that you’re not eliminating fat, but simply moving it around to create the hourglass shape you prefer. The question, of course, is where does fat go when corset training? If you know how solid matter works, you know that it is not destroyed, but simply changed or rearranged. So, when you put on a corset, you aren’t magically zapping fat, but merely moving it, and when you do it right, the effect can be very pleasing. How does it work? Here’s the 411.
Putting on a compression garment is sometimes compared to squeezing yourself into a sausage casing, but let’s not equate ourselves to mystery meat, especially since a corset is hardly a skin-tight body stocking. Your corset is designed with robust construction to immediately slim your waistline, and one of the ways this is accomplished is by essentially squishing your fat. To a degree, the contents of your abdomen are malleable. While bones are hard and virtually immovable and muscles are fairly dense, your abdominal cavity allows for a bit of wiggle room, so to speak, thanks to squishy organs and fat, as well as space in between. If you don’t have much excess fat to speak of, it’s likely that your corset will simply compress it, moving it into available space in the abdomen.
Redistributing Where You Want It
If you have some extra jiggle in your midsection, it has to go somewhere when you slip into your corset, and typically, it will go up or it will go down, or both. Just think about what happens when you pull on a pair of tight jeans. If they’re low-waisted, you’ll end up with a muffin top. If they’re high-waisted, you might camouflage some of your belly, but the tight squeeze will likely push some excess upward. The same basic principle applies to your waist training corset, but you do have some control over where the excess goes. By selecting the right styles and features, you can mold your body to the proportions you prefer. Suppose you want to accentuate a smaller bosom. You can choose an underbust corset that extends right up to the bustline to push everything upward, or alternately, try an overbust corset with some padding in the bust for even more volume. If you want to accentuate your hips and buttocks, a short garment like a waspie could do the trick. Or if you’d rather downplay this area, a longline corset can help to flatten the belly. What if you’d rather not deal with flesh squishing out of your corset at the top or the bottom, but you still want a narrow waist? In this case, your best bet is to look closely at the spring of the garment, or the difference between the waist measurement and the hip and chest circumference. A generous spring allows extra room at the top and/or bottom to accommodate the excess fat being pushed away from the waist line. This means that you’ll maintain a relatively smooth appearance all over and enjoy a comfortable level of compression from top to bottom. Knowing what you’d like to accomplish with your garment and planning for known compression and redistribution of fat can give you the opportunity to choose the perfect corset for your needs. Your corset should always be comfortable and make you feel beautiful, so don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you want.
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My name is Rachel, I am the owner of Glamorous Corset, a small business founded by me in 2010. Back In 2005, I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated disk. Much to my surprise I learned steel boned corsets were beneficial to several medical injuries including mine. I was always intrigued with corsetry, their history and their beautiful aesthetic. I love sharing knowledge about corsets, educating my wonderful readers and breaking the negative stigma related to corsetry. In combination with my years of research and personal experience I hope my articles are useful and can help anyone who has struggled with some of the same things I have. More about me…