Monthly Archives: December 2015

It’s THAT Time of Year: Resolutions and Goals Re: Figure Shaping and Weight Loss!

Before and after ROMANTASY style trainingIt’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to renewal, and also to self-improvement. For some  of us it means a re-dedication to what we already know works for us to continually keep improving our mood, our figure, our sense of well-being, and our happiness as well as our health and the health of our families and loved ones. For some, like these friendly corset clients pictured here, that includes corset waist training. These two ladies with very different figures, followed our general advice but did not enter our coaching program, since they are independent, motivated learners!

If you prosper with more hands-on advice, guidance, and daily discipline, then we are accepting applications to join our intensive coaching program in the New Year. Simply write us and summarize your goals, corseting experience, and why you are ready now to begin, rather than in the past. Also, please be in generally good health (we’ll discuss in more detail with you when you email).

We’re updating our Corset Magic book this month (write us for a gratis pdf file copy if you have already purchased one), and are beginning in the New Year to work on a second book that focused on our emerging interest in recent nutrition research and how that relates to maintaining our figure reshaping efforts with weight and waistline inch-losses that are really our “gains!”

We’d love to hear more from those  of you who have waist trained, seen results, but who are also concentrating on how to maintain your gains over time. What has worked well for you in the long run (and how long is “long” for you?)

As ever we will continue in 2016 to use this blog to post new information we run into that is relevant to corset waist-training that is health-motivated first and foremost. We also hope you will join in our confidential and private blog if you have a serious interest in sharing helpful tips or learning more detailed information than we post on our public blog. Just write email us for access, it’s easy!

We just started following an interesting website and writer, a doctor, who might pepper you to death with his prodigious writings if you sign up for his newsletter. However, there are pearls of fact-based wisdom there and you can readily scan his summary in your inbox before going to the newsletter:  Check out Dr. Mercola online.

Today came his information about a question I have long pondered which Dr. Mercola just answered for me:

Does the stomach actually shrink when you diet or corset waist train?

Here is what he said:

The science is split on whether or not eating smaller meals more frequently will help you lose weight, but what it will do is make your stomach less stretchy, which in turn will help you to feel fuller when eating less food.

To be clear, it’s unknown if the actual size of your stomach can change. Most people’s stomachs hold about one liter of liquid, whether you’re 150 pounds or 300 pounds.1 However, it has an ability to stretch and expand when you eat a meal.

If you regularly eat large meals, your stomach’s distensibility (or ability to become stretched) will increase to accommodate the food. If you instead eat only small amounts at a time, your stomach’s distensibility will decrease.


Dr. Mercola mentions another source of his information: “eating many small meals throughout the day — your stomach’s capacity goes down, says Rebekah Gross, M.D., a gastroenterologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.”

Dr. Mercola says just what we say to our corset waist trainees:

If you want to shrink your stomach (and we say, if you want to diminish your hunger and waistline as well), then eat four or five meals a day (N.B. we say eat 8 meals a day but don’t increase the amount of food you eat as a total).

He also says thatWhen you eat smaller meals more frequently, you’re not necessarily eating less food, just reducing the amount at each sitting, which makes it easier to stick with in the long term.”

If you snack every 2 to 3 hours on smaller portions of healthy snacks, of course, then a small meal, eight times a day, you don’t have time to suffer from hunger pangs that build up. if you start to get hungry at first–it’s time to eat again! Thus,  you give yourself enough time to change an old habit of eating too much at one sitting, to a permanent new habit  that quickly feels comfortable and familiar, one that will help you overall with digestion, elimination, and portion control in the future, not just in the present!





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The “how” of it is just as important as the “what” of it

Just like how you should go about seasoning a new corset or commencing a corset waist-training program, the key is the “how” of it for nutrition.

A friend just recommended the December 1 book  by Bee Wilson called  First Bite — and my copy is on the way. The author says, “The way we learn to eat holds the key to why food has gone so disastrously wrong for so many people.”

It starts at our family’s table and with our parents. They too are influenced by their own culture and upbringing. What they saw their mom’s cook, what they typically ate as a small child, and how they ate influenced them as it did all of us.

We learn portion size from them. We learn to “clean our plates” or to “leave one bite on the plate as a sign of good etiquette.” I remember my mom made me sit at the dinner table until I ate every single pea on my plate, even turning off the lights and leaving me alone to sit there. It was my version of early childhood waterboard torture.  I gave up and ate it all. At least I didn’t get into the bad habit of wolfing down food. I’ve seen that destructive way of eating in several of my friends, and I always notice it. If their parents sat down at the table and never put their fork down, then ran away from the table, it makes sense that they might eat the same way using the same example. I’ll have to ask my BFF about that, since she is one!

I also remember my mom telling me that her parents had the same rule. Thus, she used to have her collie Bill, sit by her side and when her parents weren’t looking, she would quickly place food from her plate into Bill’s waiting and happy mouth.

What about eating practices during the rise of the robots and our addiction to techie devices? I’ve read that modern families hardly ever sit down at a table together. They stand and wolf food down, or eat in smaller groups from the family unit, or each person chooses what they want to eat. Is that ubiquitous in families with parents age 20 to 30 today? I find it not only odd to me but sad, because it misses the social cement and bonding experience I had, that of the entire family sitting down together, iPhones off the table, and actually conversing together about daily topics or concerns.

It might pay for you to take the three months you formally corset train to carefully examine what you learned as a child, and decide how much of a role it has had in shaping your own good and bad habits and feelings about food and eating.

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Pre-Biotics and Good Health

We’re all pretty familiar with probiotics, but it took me til I read Tim Spector’s book, The Diet Myth, to learn a bit about prebiotics and the foods containing them.

You might want to read Dr. Spector’s book and also consult Dr. Mercola’s website mentioning prebiotics:

Dr. Mercola says to stick with traditionally fermented foods for healthful probiotics (such as sauerkraut, pickled foods, kefir, and buttermilk if you can tolerate it), and unprocessed whole foods for prebiotics, such as onions and garlic.

Spector also mentions Jerusalem artichokes (hard to find) and a few other food items as containing prebiotics which also positively affect our gut microbiomes.

Microbiomes are likely to be the next frontier in nutrition research.

Certainly good nutrition goes along with corset waist-training. I found I could not drop the 10 plus pounds I added to my figure two years ago, until I quit most refined sugar on June 15 (and quit most processed foods which contain added sugar, not to mention chemical flavors and preservatives).

That one food-intake change jump-started my figure-trimming process, gradually reduced my hunger, and caused other foods to improve in flavor, not to mention dropping the extra one inch off my waistline. During the past six months I only irregularly corseted, so changes were due to me changing my diet, and keeping up with a two-day a week hour-long aerobics program (plus walking there and back for an extra mile’s hike). Clearly, a daily corset regime will obviously enhance this kind of process and progress in most cases.

Not only that, dropping sugar most certainly caused a major and beneficial microbiome shift in my gut. One beneficial result has been the disappearance (almost) of occasional chronic constipation from which I have suffered since adolescence. Corseting only increases the risk of same if you do not attend to proper diet and drinking a good bit of water, plus regular exercise and increasing the fiber content (but not quantity) in what you eat.

However, beware of any generalized advice to “drink more water.” Hardly anyone  knows that a number of doctors now don’t recommend drinking 8 to 10 glasses per day, but drinking more like 2 to 6 glasses I was amazed to learn that some years ago and then a few years later to learn it again. On two separate occasions I over-drank water, caused pressure on my bladder (worse when you are corseting), and created UTI-like symptoms. On both occasions the doctor opined I was drinking too much water!  I backed off and lo! within days the symptoms disappeared both times.

What the New York Times called “a new field” in last Sunday’s  paper, is personalized nutrition. However a web search of the phrase reveals folks talking about this years ago. What it means is that our metabolism whether from genetic or social/experiential causes, is highly individual. What works for me in corset waist training and good nutrition, might not be the same for you.

A lot of the answers to FAQ questions I receive and post online, state “it depends.” Frustrating answer, but it pays to be very cautious in dispensing or accepting general advice. It also pays to be wary of TV’s pop doctors dispensing the same.

I was fairly discouraged some months ago to see Dr. Oz stating that one of the elements of proof about corsets possibly being harmful and entailing risk, was that some organs are elevated during an MRI. The MRI tested a person wearing an unboned “wannabe” corset on a model and Dr. Oz discussed the results on his popular tv show. However, one of our medical advisors, a retired coroner and presently active forensic expert with substantial qualifications in anatomy and biology and quite corset and fashion-conscious,  alerted me that organs are naturally elevated during MRIs because you lie down! Organs drop when you stand up and elevate when you lie down, corseted or not.

More’s the pity when powerful but uneducated doctors issue thoughtless, generalized opinions or advice about corseting, waist training, possible “risk” and health. Don’t abandon your common sense when it comes to a so-called “expert.” You are the best expert in your own personal health and well being!

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