The Shape of Things to Come in 2013: it’s not corsets, it’s not food choices or portions, and it’s not exercise — it’s our thoughts!!

Will it be another year of fad diets fading fast and quick fixes that aren’t quick and don’t fix much, if we don’t go about figure shaping with intelligence, a bit of discipline and dedication, and with a focus on health?

I was watching the tv show “The Chew” before Xmas and chuckled to learn about fad diets from the 30s, 40, 50s and later, including one that involved eating more sugar! That some of us try those one-item diets truly amazes me, because I believe we are better than believing in such extreme nonsense. Why we delude ourselves time after time and buy into such nonsense, well, I leave it up to my readers to educate me as to the underlying psychology of that!

One reads time and again and I heard it on “The Chew”, that it helps to wear tight clothing while cooking or eating. Of course it does! That’s clear indication that corset waist-training works, yet the public remains dubious and of course, the medical profession refuses to endorse or promote anything that takes money away from the drug companies or exposes them to real or imagined risks of liability and litigation. The media promotes the idea of corset waist-training as “extreme” (witness the Oct. 12 “20/20” program title that involved our appearance on one segment about corset waist training) and feeds into the Puritanical (at least in America)public’s vague discomfort with the sexuality of corsets to begin with.

Will 2013 bring some sense about our international search for svelte and health? Will it bring acceptance of wearing a fun and fashionable corset costing from $200 to $600 to make remarkable changes for the better in one’s posture if not weight and waistline inches, versus cutting and hacking our bodies away with bariatric surgery than even so, doesn’t always work? Witness singer/tv host Carney Wilson some years after a tummy bypass going back for gastric banding — virtually the same thing as corseting for portion and hunger control.Horizontal meet open bottom edge.2

A renown surgeon at UC Med Center this fall gave a lecture that gave me the answer to  my question about how it is that corseting controls hunger, which tends to defeat most of us determined to slim down. Gastric bypass surgery cuts back the source of signals to the hypothalmus that triggers grehlin, the hormone related to causing hunger, and hunger disappears, the doctor said. I concluded that his is precisely the reason or one of them, that corseting works as well. Too bad he can’t endorse corset waist training rather than his $10,000-25,000 surgical procedures.

I think a lot about what makes corset waist training work and not work for my students in the three-month coaching program I sponsor, and for others who try the process on their own. Lately I’ve concluded it’s not food choices, it’s not portions we eat, it’s not even how many steps we walk each day or how many hours we spend at the gym or wearing our corsets. It’s about correcting our thinking process, which is normally screwed up when it comes to waist training.

I noted one screwy way of thinking and stopped it early on with one former student, who told me she was going to indulge in fat foods the week before commencing training so she didn’t feel deprived during the three months.

Corset waist training is not deprivation!  It is fun! It is effective! It is fashionable! It is unique! And it’s certainly not justification to pig out the week before.

Heather, my most recent student, was challenged by “free” food offered daily by her employer. I had her design and post at her desk a sign (seen in an earlier blog) that “Free food is NOT FREE!!”. All that free food was packing on the pounds and working contrary to her waist-training goals. She had to change the way she saw that food as pleasurable and good, to  not good, bad, and contrary to what she truly valued and wanted to accomplish.

Six other mental or strategical approaches that don’t involve corset-wearing, exercise, or food, ones that can assist you successfully train, include:

1. Setting aside corset waist training as the top priority in one’s life for three months. It just can’t take second seat to anything except perhaps family or work obligations — and most of the time those kinds of obligations become excuses to quit rather than re-arrange one’s schedule to serve those needs yet keep on target.

2. Grasping the idea that three months is an incredibly short period of time to bear down and survive the days that might come upon you when you want out of the corset or off the exercise program.

3. Re-arranging your thinking to value more a svelte figure, than that second helping or weekly pizza.

4. Choosing high quality over quantity — and doing it every time when it comes to eating.

5. Understanding that it is the first bite of food that tastes the very best; the second and third bites go way down in terms of giving pleasure, so why fill up on a huge bowl of ice cream, instead of savor the first two or three bites of very high-quality ice cream and don’t put more in the bowl than that!

6. Deciding not to find excuses to quit, and by not letting falling off “the wagon” provide one such excuse.

I’m interested in hearing from you what mental approaches you believe work along with corsets, to trim down. The mind after all, is a very powerful weapon but it can be used for good or for ill. Let’s hope we all use it for good in this auspicious New Year!

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4 responses to “The Shape of Things to Come in 2013: it’s not corsets, it’s not food choices or portions, and it’s not exercise — it’s our thoughts!!

  1. Lisa

    Thank you Ann. I hope one day I can join your waist training program. I do believe it should be a total mind change just not a physical one. The reason why I have thought of corsets in the first place was an alternative to the Lap band. I won’t have gastric bypass or lap band surgery. My doctor wants me to have gastric bypass but I refuse altogether. I have seen to many people become big again after gastric bypass. So that is why every heavy weight person has to figure out why they are big in the first place. It’s just not the food that makes you big. But the only problem I see with corsets is they don’t make them in very big sizes (50inches plus). Love your article though.

    • AlexaFaie

      Lisa, the magical thing about buying a custom made corset is that it is custom made to your measurements. So there will most definitely be someone out there who is happy to make that sort of waist size. It would probably cost more than smaller sizes, but as it would involve more fabric and boning, this shouldn’t be too surprising.
      Go and find yourself a lovely custom made corset, you deserve it!! 🙂

  2. Juliet

    Yep, it’s very much a case of reframing your attitudes towards food. I think very often what we crave is not the taste of something, but how it makes us feel – often this is a sugar rush. Which is why low carb is working for me – it doesn’t alter mood as much thus I’m clearer headed. Plus I have to consider food choices carefully and often prepare stuff which really helps.

  3. Angelique

    Americans are no exception (although they do so quite a bit) but, people want a quick and unique fix. It’s as if they feel that it can make them thin and it’s been right under their nose the whole time and it’s promoted by Dr. X or XXx xxxx, M.D. then it’s just GOTTA work. See grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, and juice detox diets.

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