It’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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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 that “When 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!