Monthly Archives: June 2011

Food choices — still one of only a few keys to figure control

Dr. Richard Besser of GMA today summarized some extensive research on obesity and weight control as we age. The general rule is we put on one pound per year of our lives as we age (I assume that’s over age 40 or 50) and that’s primarily from bad food choices, says Besser.

What’s the worst choice? My ears perked up: chips of any kind, then fries next. Eat one serving of chips per day (who does that, I ask you?) and you gain 3 lbs in 10 yrs. Eat fries each day and you gain 10 lbs in 10 years.

But add just one hour of exercise per week and that can help. Not so bad. I can do that!

Not all that surprising, right? But easier said than done. Keep that corset on to control hunger which is one of two primary factors the doctors tell us that most defeat our attempts to diet and control weight(the other factor is stress). And get out there in sunny summer days and garden. That’s my chosen strategy and therapy when it’s warm, but not too warm.

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Treating one, means treating all

I should call this blog comments  “Notes on a Lazy, Hazy Summer Day,” or “How to Procrastinate and Avoid Doing Anything.”

That’s how I feel on about the second truly warm “summer” day this year in San Francisco. Of course if you have visited my city this month, or live in the Bay Area, you know that it’s been windy, cold and often foggy, and that the real summer will appear in Sept., Oct. and early November ( which is just before my birthday and usually the best time of year in terms of weather). But today counts for sure as one of the happy-making days, calling me outside to garden. Thanks for the chance to indulge, becuase I enjoy a home-located internet corset business (with personal fitting appointments in San Francisco, of course).

To delay tackling two corset orders on my desk and various banking tasks, I decided to read Sec. D from the New York Times that I picked up on the BART today. Lo, in the Letters section, I read a comment by Dr. Portenoy from New York: “When two public health problems of such complexity co-exist, aggressive action for one problem must acknowledge the complexity and avoid actions taht unintentionally worsen the other.” He was speaking about treating chronic pain with opiates, but his comment applies as well to most anything in life, including corset waist training and nutrition changes we adopt.

When I first began researching fiber for my book on corset waist training, because Dr. Oz and everyone else for all time has told us to “up” our fiber intake per day, I wanted to know precisely how much “up” was “up?” But I also wanted to know what fallout could I expect in terms of my body and its other systems and processes?

It’s a good thing that I generally take a broader perspective on tinkering with one’s body and asked those kinds of followup questions. I did so because I hate mushy statements as well as sentiments that are not fact-based, especially since there is so much “free” information about most any topic including corsets, on the web today. You likely know my take on trusting  most all of that kind of ambiguous and vague information.

What I confirmed was that if you tinker with one type of foodstuff, you need to adjust for the results, lest they become harmful over time. If you increase fiber intake from 25 gms. per day for most folks, up to 40 to 60 gms. recommended by many for those who corset waist-train in a serious fashion (primarily in order to slow down hunger and avoid constipation), then you increase the need for calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. These minerals are absorbed most slowly into the body with a high intake of fiber. Conclusion: You just can’t tinker with an isolated part of your diet,or body, and not expect changes in other areas!

Also I was reminded of my recent waist-training graduate Ashlee. Two-thirds of the way into her coaching program, her doctor discovered she was hypoglycemic and needed to change her diet. It caused some readjustment in her normal coaching nutrition, but she made it and continued on to a successful conclusions, giving her program a 9 out of a 10 in her final evaluation!

If you corset or waist train, what changes have you had to make ,and for what reasons, in nutrition, to accommodate your corseting practices?

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Online dieting works better in two regards than in-person programs

The national news on June 3 reported that online weight loss programs compared to in-person programs function about equally well, but online participants in one study reported more positive changes in their eating and exercise habits. This augurs well for ROMANTASY’S email-style coaching program which includes occasional phone calls and letters, and always includes a Training Buddy who is our former student, as an additional resource.

We’re happy to announce a great result for our spring online corset waist-training student Ashlee from Alabama! Wearing a comfy custom corset made by Sharon on our ROMANTASY team, Ashlee was pleased with her results, altho they fell a bit short of her original goals. However, we view her program a success, as does she. Take a look at her notable figure-slimming and incredible posture change for the better! Our current male student has demonstrated similar results in only seven weeks of training, and we’re rooting for his success in a few more weeks.

Ashlee reported at the end of training that she lost 3″ in her waistline and 10 pounds, and said that the most memorable part of her three-month coaching program was “The positive feeling I got from doing something healthy for myself in a way that make me feel feminine/attractive.” What most surprised her about training was “That corsets aren’t as restrictive as I thought.  Just had to learn how to move in them but was still able to live day to day as normal while wearing.” As for advice to new students, she says “Don’t give up!  Listen to what your body tells you and follow the guidance of those involved in your program.  They know what they are talking about :)”

By the end of a training period of three months, Ashlee was wearing her corset at 37.5″ (measured over the corset) for 16 comfy hours, and was heading to a tighter level with her maintenance plan in place. She started the program wearing a corset for only about six hours at a 42″ measurement. The only difficulties she reported were “It was hard to get my eyes to adjust to what my stomach could hold” and that “the most difficult for me was exercise.  I felt better and slept better on the days that I exercised.  The floor exercises really helped strengthen my core; I can tell a major difference in the way I support myself now.”

Corseting six days per week was important as a motivator. Ashlee said that “This was the most fun for me.  To me, the wearing portion of the program was actually like a reward!  I thought that if I ate well and did all my exercises that I deserved to wear my corset.  I was proud that I fit into it properly and got see that I got to look fantastic!  Towards the end of the week, before my off day, and as the wearing tightness and hours got more difficult, it was harder to see it that way.  But I would look at wearing my corset as a personalized way of spoiling myself and I enjoyed doing so every day.”

FUN – FASHIONABLE — FEMININE! Corset waist training works for most women students, as well as men — if they work it!

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The issue of hunger and waist training

I recently was discussing with a friend, my interest in how waist training led to reduction of hunger, normally within days or weeks of commencing the process of regular corseting. She speculated that the vagus nerve might have something to do with it, so I posed the question to a physician consultant who wasn’t able to comment. He did refer me to this on the vagus nerve: The vagus nerve carries incoming information from the nervous system to the brain, providing information about what the body is doing, and it also transmits outgoing information which governs a range of reflex responses. See http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-vagus-nerve.htm

Part of its function apparently, is “for keeping the digestive tract in working order, contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to help process food, and sending back information about what is being digested and what the body is getting out of it.”

Could it be that this nerve is compressed by corseting, and somehow reduces hunger, as my friend suspects?

As I continue my research, if you have anything helpful to add, please do, as well as stories about how corset waist training affected your hunger.

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