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Is Waist Size a Valid Predictor of Risk to Health? We still think so–and so is lethargy!

I recently learned of a study from the University of Florida  published in the Annals of Family Medicine in July 2016, that found that slender people with “proper” BMIs, can be prediabetic! I also know they can have high cholesterol, as my 103-lb mom did in the later part of her life from age 80 on. The study says:

“By 2012, 19% of adults age 20 to 44 at a healthy weight had a blood glucose reading that met the criteria for prediabetes, and 33% of adults age 45 and older in the healthy weight range met the criteria.” Researchers believed that waist size does not predict prediabetes!

One possible cause researchers postulated for the problem for slender folks, was leading a sedentary lifestyle. But then–we knew that!

However, I still think that we should be very concerned about our waist size throughout our life. This was confirmed by another research report in part issued by Johns Hopkins University and reported at the 2016 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

“Researchers from the two centers found that abdominal obesity — or having an apple-shaped body — is a strong predictor of serious heart disease in patients who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and haven’t displayed any symptoms of heart disease…The researchers found that even independently of total body weight and body mass index or BMI, abdominal obesity was strongly associated with regional left ventricular dysfunction, which is a common cause of heart disease, including congestive heart failure.”

Reducing your waist size can reduce your risk — it’s just that simple and has been repeated over and over again.

Why corset waist training makes so much sense, came clear to me once more, reading the NY Times article “That Lost Weight? The body finds it, even for ‘the biggest loser’.” (reprinted NYT The Stories/2016 on 1/1/17). Writer Gina Kolata tells the sad stories of the majority of the tv show’s “The Biggest Losers” after they lose weight. Most all regain all and even more of their original weight.

That’s why this year’s research at ROMANTASY will be directed in major part at definining effective strategies to maintain weight loss/figure reshaping after corset waist training. Sure you can lose some inches in three months of our coaching program or just do it by yourself  (hopefully following principles and clear ‘how to’ procedures outlined in details in my new book on the topic). But will you keep it off?

There is an “easy-to-maintain” weight for most of us, and our body fights to get to it no matter if we go up or down. Especially up, it seems.

But, when you lose a lot of weight, your metabolism slows down and stays down, the article reports. And that point seems surprising. As you tend to add on pounds as most do after a diet, you keep adding pounds because your metabolism is worse, not better, and you can easily gain more weight than you lost!

The major problem reported by the Biggest Losers who gained weight back was — hunger!

They were always hungry, driven by the body to return to their previous heavier weight. (The mystery for me is, why if we are born slim and not fat and stay that way say, all thru high school, then put on 100 or more pounds as adults, the body does not revert to pushing us to return to our high school weight, rather than our adult over weight condition? The article did not answer that mystery).

Hunger is where corset waist training comes in, and wearing a corset three times a week, or sleeping in one each night, or some combination, is a strategy that that cuts down hunger. Just like bariatric surgery cuts down hunger for many, so does squeezing the tummy to a smaller size by corseting do the same. Yes,  bariatric surgery patients can gain a lot of weight back, some even their same pre-surgery weight, so I surmise that the tummy is stretching or expanding gradually as they abandon resolve to eat healthier and consume less, the way they are required to do shortly after that surgery (or I understand they can toss their cookies and it isn’t pleasant).

With corset wearing, you just can’t stretch your tummy beyond comfort unless you, too, want to toss your cookies — you can’t stretch your stomach if you wear the corset regularly, especially when cooking or eating, and use it as external pressure to keep the stomach’s natural expansiveness in check. You have a good chance of not putting on too many pounds if you also couple period corset wearing we call “maintenance training”, with a good bit of waist-targeted exercises most days of the rest of your life.

Regarding protecting our new figure and/or weight we achieve after some effort and by some means, the tv show trainer on The Biggest Loser, says contestants must exercise nine hours a week for the rest of their life and monitor their diets.

One of the contestants who bounded back to 450 again said “It’s kind of like hearing you have a life sentence.”

As if that’s a horrible thing to suffer? Who wouldn’t like to be self-indulgent, out of control, and hedonistic the rest of our life if there were no ill consequences? But their are!

Such an informative statement by the contestant tells us a lot about this person’s personality and understanding about life– or lack thereof!!!

Health is a life sentence. Maintaining weight is a life sentence. Being energetic is a life sentence. Seeking forgiveness when one must is a life sentence. Showing up for work on time is a life sentence (until retirement). Being a good mom or dad is a life sentence for certain! Caring about our aging parents is sometimes almost a life sentence. Being a compassionate helpful neighbor is a life sentence — and many of these things take effort.

It all depends on what you want in life and out of life, and who you want to be and be remembered as.

Helping each other by friendly support, entering our three-month coaching program if you respond to routine accountability and then staying in touch, or making new friends who will support your best efforts to live a full, reasonably happy, and healthy life, all seem to be answers. I’m of a firm belief that we can’t do life alone.

What do you find helps you make the right choices regarding your own figure and health? What helps you fight your hunger, and your urge to give in and give up and revert to childish choices?

 

 

 


Signature: Ann Grogan

CONFIDENTIAL PROPRIETARY DOCUMENT © ROMANTASY

CORSET WEAR PROGRAM ELEMENT PROPOSED FOR KISKA  (1/7/17)

Everyone differs in how they respond to wearing a corset and corset waist training. Therefore this proposed wearing element of a sound waist-training program can only be a guideline that should and must be adjusted by you and me as you move forward during training, according to your body’s messages back to you. Honor your body and strive for health above all especially if you develop any heart issues, ankle swelling, serious constipation, serious asthma, or any high blood pressure or serious low back pain. Minor aches and pains are to be expected for a few who waist train such as rib tenderness that passes in a day or so treated with ibuprofen.

If you wish further feedback or advice on the program suggested, please reply with your comments and any changes you prefer be made in what we propose for you

During training, please get in the habit of measuring your corset every two hours as it will or may tend to open up. Carry a tape measure with you in your purse or pocket, to work, and on chores outside of the home. Couple your wearing program with healthy nutrition and waist-targeted plus anerobic exercise (avoid frontal situps) (DETAILS TO COME).

Before training we recommend you take a set of photos in a snug leotard, shorts, or swimsuit/trunks from front, side and back. Take these again at the same time of day with same clothing and same tape measure mid term and at the end of your program. You will likely be amazed to see the progress you make, first in posture then in inches!

During training we recommend you write every day in a journal, typically at close of day before bedtime, with special notations made as to your physical and mental/emotional reactions, if any. Also we recommend use of an overall scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (pain). Note in your journal at end of day the right number of how difficult or challenging your day went, and make notes about why. This will help you identify foods, mood, stressors, physical swings or issues that arise, etc., that may impact your progress and either delay it or advance it.  It may also suggest that you need to extend your hours of wear by one or two hours from what is proposed, to make the program more challenging for you, in the range of 6-7 is what we recommend.

Remember to take and record your weight and rib cage, snug waist, and derriere measurements, in your journal on the same day of each week, once per week, likely on Tuesday mornings (Monday is your day off), using the same tape measure and the same scale. Always weigh at the same time of day. Be sure to gently “bounce” on any digital or other scale to overcome possible “stiction,” and to obtain the best accurate weight. You might step on and off the scale three times to be sure you get a consistent number to record each time you weigh.

Vacations or your day off do not provide an excuse for major deviations; 95% compliance should be your goal on a weekly basis. If you go off the schedule one day, then try your best to make up for it the next day by expanding your hours of wear, or extending your exercise period by half an hour, and get back on track.

Three months go by very, very quickly; you will achieve maximum waist reduction the first time you attempt corset waist training, so now is the time to put forth your best effort. Corset waist training will provide you with a very fun and fashionable adjunct to improve your health, posture, and well being.  It will be quite educational and fruitful. As we say: “the program works – if you work it!” We will be happy to learn about your results after the program is completed.

Proposed Goals at end of three months

1. From natural waist measurement of 34.5″ to 31.5″ waist. This is a reduction of 3″, or one inch per month. You can always continue the program for three more months to reach further. Is it acceptable to you?

Note that once you begin to lose waistline fat and develop more muscle and toning in your midriff, the more difficult it will be to lace down. You never want to move forward too fast with too tight of a second training corset. Be moderate and patient above all in what you attempt, and your results will prove more lasting as well as more dramatic in the long run.

2. You weigh      lbs. now. Weight from     to      lbs. seems manageable (under     lbs. per month). Note that weight reduction is less important than keeping an eye on inches lost. Note also that you can yo-yo up and down inch wise and weight wise; therefore look for a down trend in both or one, over a few weeks or even few months.

3. Wear your corset measured at 33.5″ over corset or 32.5 ” under the corset– an actual   2″ reduction when you start. At the end of your program when you will have a 31.5″ waistline and wear the corest closed at 30″ over or 29″ under,  for 10 continuous hours. Is this acceptable to you? It is do-able!

Wearing Program

I suggest that you use the following time/level of wear. You can adjust to a faster or slower pace mid way once you look at your progress/comfort level. You will start by wearing your corset laced down over the corset to   33 ” for 3 hrs (or 32.5″ under the corset, a 1.5″ actual reduction from your waistline). The first two weeks are your time to tinker with the proposed schedule, nutrition, etc., then settle in until mid-term to readjust.

Some students never see results until the last two weeks – so stay the full course. Do not give up until you complete your commitment to yourself and a proper trial period.

This assumes one day off per week from corseting, namely Sunday. You may choose Saturday or any other day and adjust the schedule below accordingly. “MTW” stands for Monday, Tuesday, Weds., and etc.

WEEK 1
MTW 33.5″/2 hrs (Your waist is 32.5″ under; Wear your corset for two hours consistently measured at 33.5″ over the corset)
TFS     33.5 /4 hrs (Wear your corset for four hours consistently measured at 33.5″ over the corset at the waistline)

If this is way too easy end of first week, then we will extend your hours before you lace down, the second week, for example,  33 .5 for 12 hrs. The key is to wear the corset consistently longer hours before you lace tighter. Moving up to 8 to 10 hrs. or 12 hrs per day is better than lacing down too quickly, if you do find the program too easy for you the first two weeks.

WEEK 2
MTW 33.5/6 hrs
TFS   33.5/8 hrs

We will adjust your schedule below, if the above has been too easy and you have moved up in hours, plus your 1 to 10 daily ‘comfort/challenge’ scale has been below 5 most of the days.  Strive to be at 6 to 7 in terms of challenge, each day after the full wearing is complete, during your corset training period.

WEEK 3
MTW 33/2
TFS   33/4
WEEK 4
MTW 33/6
TFS   32.5/2
WEEK 5
MTW 32.5/4
TFS   32.5/6
WEEK6
MTW 32/2
TFS   32/4

Mid-Term:  Now is the time to draft your Maintenance Planto implement after you complete your first period of formal training.

WEEK 7
MTW 32/6
TFS   31.5/3
WEEK 8
MTW 31.5/6
TFS   31.5/9
WEEK 9
MTW 31/3
TFS   31/6
WEEK 10
MTW 31/9
TFS   30.5/3
WEEK 11
MTW 30.5/6
TFS   30/3; Now your corset will be closed in back entirely perhaps closed entire top to bottom.
Now is the time to finalize your formal Maintenance Plan. Read Chapter 10 in book Corset Magic.
WEEK 12
MTW 30/6
TFS 30/10 (29″ under the corset)

Note you will have reached your wearing goal of wearing the corset at 30″ over the corset (29″ under the corset) for 10  consistent hours! Congratulations! Your natural waist should then be 31.5″ so you are lacing down 2.5″. This should be very comfortable for you.).

If you do not achieve this particular set of goals, do not be concerned. Simply extend your program in a similar methodical fashion for one to three more months, keeping the same discipline and the same records. Some people simply take longer than others to see satisfactory results occur. The point is to be consistent and view waist training as akin to a marathon, not a sprint. Take heart and continue to nurture yourself and your health!

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There is Hope for the Hopeful Health Optimist in 2017!! (Check our The Amazing Ana, below)

FCM - Ashlee before and afterA New Year signifies new hope. That’s why I love January 1!

So let’s talk about hope — and our bodies and health. After all is said and done, better health (and posture) is what corset waist training is all about. (See Ashlee, the amazingly successful student of our three month corset waist training coaching program, left.)

My therapist BFF calls me a “corset Pollyanna” — a lover of all things corset (custom, that is) — coupled with being a hopeless optimist.

Actually, I’m a hopeful optimist!

Today’s NY Times had an article, “A Month Without Sugar.” The writer who tried what I tried 1.5 years ago and gave up all sugar (except fruit sugars), did what I did — survived the month.  I don’t know if his resolve continues, but mine does (save that I occasionally eat a bit of honey and can now indulge in– get this: eating one candy corn or  two small bites of cake–every long while!)  because the results were phenomenally good for me, as they would be for you, I am convinced.

My relevant point today, January 1, is that there is hope.

There is hope when it comes to us taking better care of ourselves to be our healthiest, and usually that includes omitting added sugars from our nutrition program. For some it includes trying the effective process known as “corset waist training.” featured as the main title of my new December book, A Primer on Easy, Fun and Fashionable Waistline Reduction.

The NYT’s author points out that the understanding of sugar’s dangers to health has led to a backlash against it, in both political action and in our personal diets.

Politically, taxes on sugary drinks were passed in my city last year, and the author points out they are also in existence in Chicago, Philadelphia Oakland, and Boulder. Mexico and France now have such taxes as well, and Ireland and Britain are not far behind, he says. I’m convinced it’s a national trend, but one that does not go far enough, and that might even be unfair to Big Cola for being singled out. Why should colas be taxed and not Twinkis, M&Ms, and other candy bars, for example? But let’s leave politics for a moment to focus on the real issue today.

I discuss hope in my new book; here is what I say:

mivabranncopperarm“There is hope.

“Modest improvements have been made nationwide in the United States, but they are ‘extremely unevenly spread, with most changes happening among more educated Americans,’ says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. A paper he helped write, published in December, 2015 in Health Affairs, reported that Americans’ diets had improved in quality from 1999 to 2012, with a reduction in trans fats, small increases in fiber, and less soda consumption. However, most of those advances were not happening among lower-income, less formally educated Americans.

“I was also pleasantly surprised by a July 24, 2015 article by Margo Sanger-Katz, ‘Americans Are Finally Eating Less.’ She reported that fewer calories are finally being eaten in this country, with the most propitious results for families with children. Soda drinking has dropped about 35 percent from the late 1990s. Dr. Willett says that, finally, childhood obesity rates are not rising, according to the Center for Disease Control (New York Times, December 12, 2015). Disappointingly, Americans have not cut back on sugar and desserts.

“But with the influence of Big Food overseas, I often wonder if these improvements have translated around the world. Still there is hope; one study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and reported in The Lancet on August 30, 2014, said that ‘since 2006 (until 2013) the increase in adult obesity in developed countries has slowed down.’

“Only time will tell if these modest beneficial changes will apply to more of us in this country or abroad, and if recent public health messages about the risks associated with obesity have permanently gotten through to us and sunk in. In the meantime, please read on before you decide corsets aren’t for you, or you delay trying waist training, or you take one of those radical, expensive, and irreversible surgical steps.”

I continue:

blog17-1-full-figure“There’s no need to be discouraged by past failures, no need to be ashamed of your present waistline—even if it exceeds 60″—no need to rush into risky [bariatric] surgeries, and no need to wait before you try corsets. You can start right now with a popular new approach that works. Isn’t it about time that you do what Pamela Anne Miller, one of my clients, said?

‘I’m about ready to concentrate more on the waist not becoming a waste basket!'”

My single wish today is for your–and my–improving health.

Without a healthy, strong body of which we are proud (forget what others say about it!), we cannot concentrate on doing good in the world, promoting our passionate causes, and contributing to a more compassionate and just world.

Some of you know that over the past six months I’ve been challenged by a serious (but recoverable) physical problem, and for over four of those months I have been committed to working very hard (no pain no gain) to come back to full health once more. I’m making progress!blog17-1-full-figure-2

Better yet — I have hope.

I know that any progress takes hard work — be it corset waist training to achieve dramatic waistline reduction that makes one gasp to behold — or  corseting for better posture, — or corseting for an improved daily viewpoint, — or corseting for uplifted spirit that also comes from moderate corseting, — or from pursuing any other modality including therapy, expert advice, support groups, or friendships of any kind that help us to improve, heal, and look forward in hope.

blog17-1-anaThere is hope that if you want it, you, too, can achieve the quintessential hourglass silhouette, aided by and amply demonstrated by, a well-fitting, comfy corset.

Our long-time  friend and client from Arizona, The Amazing Ana — as I have deemed her to be — has achieved that  hourglass silhouette. (Stunning orange silk corset by Sue Nice for ROMANTASY.) She has also achieved much more in her lifelong quest for body building, better health, superb strength, and undeniable power.

She is a woman of determination and sweat and tears, and in my own physical journey this past year she has been an inspiration, whether or not she knows it!

MY NEW YEAR’S WISH FOR YOU:  May you have much progress (not perfection) in 2017!

May you, even with the distractions of the day,  information overload, and pressures to fit in, be quick to see the experts and teachers who come into your life with gifts that will restore your hope and lift your spirits!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

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