Waist training is a process of narrowing down the waist in a gradual manner by making use of a steel boned corset. The technique, also referred to as tight-lacing or waist cinching, first came to limelight in the Victorian era but faded after some decades, only to come back strongly into fashion in the last few decades. Women can drastically reduce the size of their waist by wearing a corset tightly laced, along with healthy eating and exercising habits. While you wear a corset, you are compelled to take smaller amounts of food as the tight-laced garment constricts your internal organs and promotes the practice of eating smaller means all through the day instead of three big meals every day. If you are a beginner in waist training, this handy guide will prove useful for you and introduce you to the right way of training the waist.
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Measure your Waist
First of all, you have to measure your waist and find out its true size. Take a look at your mirror in order to measure the narrowest region of your waist. In women, this is generally just 1-2 inches above their navel while for men it is only at the bottom of their navel.
When you begin, it is advised that you go for an underbust corset instead of a full corset which covers your bust. Your body has to adjust to the constriction caused by tight-lacing and you need to get comfortable wearing it. If you go too fast with your efforts or try a full corset too soon, you will initially feel a lot of discomfort. You should ideally start wearing a corset which is smaller than your true waist size by 4-5 inches. You should order a corset of 30” size if your waist actually measures 34”.
Shapes of Corsets
Corsets were designed to improve the body shape of women. These come in a wide range of styles and shapes. The corset shape affects which parts of the feminine body will be enhanced. Corsets of some shapes are easier to wear for women as they are not too restrictive and do not cause any alterations in the torso shape. Hourglass shape, conical shape and waist cincher are some of the main styles that women tend to choose.
- Hourglass Shape – These fit around the ribs of women and promote a somewhat curvaceous appearance. These are ideal for women who do not wish to go for extreme ways of reshaping their bodies. Women who are only starting to wear corsets may try the hourglass shape first.
- Conical Shape – These have straight sides which taper down to the waist from the top. These look like a cone which is upside down. Corsets of these shapes can be tougher to put on as these shape your floating ribs. These are not ideal for women who are beginners in corset wearing. If your ribs begin to ache, the corset is probably too tightly laced. It usually takes about 8 months for wearers to have their ribs shaped. Some women may see results in as long as 1 ½ years.
- Waist Cincher – Outfits of this shape are also known “waspie” or waist corset. These are small corsets which go only around the stomach area of women. These are only ideal for moderate waist training as these provide support to the belly only and do not shape the ribs in any way. If you are not sure about which corset to try, these can be ideal to try first as these types of outfits provide the stomach with a slender appearance but are not restrictive unlike other kinds of corsets.
The pipe stem, the S-bend and the Elizabethan corset are corsets of some other styles. The Elizabethan corset appears as an outfit from the Middle Ages as it comes with straps. You can commonly find these styles of corsets being used for historical even recreations. These are used for waist training only rarely. Women who are beginners in wearing corsets should ideally avoid pipe stem and S-bend corsets as they can twist the body into extreme and very unnatural shapes.
Length of Training
It is important for you to remember that the time duration for which you wear a corset can make a big difference to how much you pull in your waist. You should be more comfortable to wear your corsets for a longer time period rather than pull your stomach in too much and need to take your corset off after only a few hours. Trainers who are dedicated in their efforts will wear corsets all day and some also take the efforts further by wearing them to bed, removing them only while taking bath. Others keep wearing their corsets all through the day and taking it off for only 2-3 hours in the evening to relax on their couch. You have to choose your own comfort zone and tailor your corset wearing to various days to satisfy your requirements.
In order to starts, you need to keep wearing the outfit 3-6 hours every day if possible. It is recommended that you do not sleep with a steel boned corset on. However, it can be a good discipline to wear it for practically all the other times of the day other than taking breaks such as when you are bathing.
Extent of Reduction
If you are only starting out, it is recommended that you do not go in for a reduction of more than 4 inches. You will need some time to adjust to it and you can work out over time whether or not you can opt for a narrower waist. Over a period of time, and once the corset has slowly been broken in, you can close your corset and get a complete reduction or cinch of 4 inches. If you allow your body about 30 minutes of wearing the corset at a reduction that is comfortable, you can get the extra half or quarter inch slimming without much discomfort. The corset fabric fibers tend to relax when they slightly warm up and even your body makes some adjustments of its own to the corset.
Breaking your corset
You must break in a new corset. Otherwise, you may end up damaging the outfit. You should not cinch too much in the first few weeks of putting on your corset. Uniformly tighten the outfit until it is comfortable but not very tight. When new, corset panels tend to be stiff – especially with the flexible steel bones. These should be allowed to mould on their own and alter the shape according to your hips and ribs. This will take some time and hurrying through the process will only end up hurting your body or popping the panel seam or a steel bone. Once you have the garment worn in, you will start tightening up slightly more every time you wear the outfit until the time that you reach your comfort zone. This can take some months until the time when you get to close your corset fully and be able to get the much desired complete 4 inch reduction. You can then proceed to the corset, which is one size down, and go on with your waist reduction process.
Weight Training Safely
Any woman who considers using a corset should have an idea of how to safely wear it. Too tightly lacing a corset can lead to health issues. Reducing the waist size with a corset is a slow method. Whole corset training, you should ideally tighten your corset 2 inches approximately at a time. Although it should be tight, it should not cause any discomfort for you. You should take you corset off immediately if you feel any issues in breathing clearly. Some time is needed for a new corset to break in properly. Naturally, you should not tighten it very much while you are wearing it for the very first time.
Too tight corsets can lead to problems like chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, back pain or tingling or numbness in the legs. These are some obvious signs of a very tight corset. Wearers can also experience drier skin which can be itchy. Scratching will simply cause damage to the outfit and naturally, you should use a lotion for moisturizing and soothing your dry skin.
Graduating With Your Efforts
It is important for you to remember that the body shape of each woman is different and you might be unable to close your corset completely. You cannot cinch the bones and should not try such things, which will only cause damage to your corset. You should try out everything with moderation, in a gradual manner. When you have got to the point where you will be able to wear the outfit fully closed, you can move on to a corset that is one size down if you want to continue with the cinching. There is no prescribed time span on how long you will need to get this reduction as the body of each woman is different. Depending on your body type and effort level, it might take anywhere from 2 to 6 months. You can then use your older corset for sleeping if you want. Be patient with your training and do not pull the corset in so far as to feel uncomfortable. Doing this will only make you feel discouraged and inclined to give up. The results will vary on the frequency of wearing the corset and your dedication with sensible exercising and dieting efforts. With wholehearted efforts, you can see the results only in a few weeks.
Cleaning your Corset
You will find that the need for you to clean your corset is reduced by wearing the outfit over a specialist corset liner, vest or a cotton t-shirt. After all, cleaning these clothing items is easier than tidying up your corset. You need to apply lotions or moisturizing oils to your skin at every chance that you get – particularly in case your body tends to sweat a lot. If you must clean your corset, it is better to opt for a dry cleaning service which is experienced in handling such dresses.
Dietary Tips While Waist Training
While you are corseted, you should be conscious about the foods and drinks that you are having. When laced tightly, you will be unable to consume carbonated beverages, spicy foods or heavy meals. Make sure that you drink lots of water to stay hydrated. When corseted, you will feel fuller much sooner after having your meals. This can be useful for you in actualizing your weight loss objectives.
Tracking Your Efforts
The easiest way of tracking your waist training efforts is to use a notebook and your reliable tape measure. This can help you to keep track of your frequency of wearing a corset and have a measurement of your waist and how soon you are losing the inches. Wear the corset more if it begins to revert.
Possible Risks of Waist Training
If waist training is carried out in an improper manner, the process can result in serious health issues for you and also make your body shape undesirable and unaesthetic. Lacing a corset too tightly within a very short time span can result in serious side effects like breathing difficulties, chafing of the skin and also a total lack of comfort. If waist training process is not executed in a proper manner for a long time period, a number of health risks may occur. These possible dangers can include reduced capacity of breathing, lengthy bouts of coughing, and displacement of internal organs, atrophy of the back and abdominal muscles and more. In some cases, there can also be risks of fracturing of the ribs.
Even when you have attained your waist narrowing objectives, you will still need wearing your corset occasionally in order to preserve your new body shape. The frequency of wearing it varies from one woman to another and you will need to find your own rhythm.