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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?

 

 

 


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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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BE OF GOOD CHEER – FIGURE-SHAPING JOY POSSIBLE IN 2017!!

cuddly-christmas-2016Despite all the “buzz” out there about “waist training” popularized by social media icons such as Kim Kardashian, there is almost an equal amount of negative press I see about corsets every day on my Google Alert feed.

Most of this negative press equates per se moving some body organs around with a corset with damage to the body. Other comments from corset-doubting doctors quoted in the articles seem not based on actual clinical experience, or are based on one example only. In addition, we never read how many corseting clients those doctors have actually treated.

Mere movement of organs by corseting — as most of us know, is a false “danger” to begin with, when you consider how a woman’s body changes during pregnancy.

The other point of negativity I read these days, is that corset waist training doesn’t work.

It does work–if you work it, and go about the process in a moderate, common-sense and dedicated way for a remarkabley short period of weeks or months.

And by “dedicated” I do NOT mean corseting 23 hrs a day, suffering, starving yourself, or military exercising!

Here’s a summary below of HOW waist training works from my new book Corset Waist Training, a primer on easy, fun and fashionable waistline reduction ($14.95 online pdf file).

Effective waist training isn’t magic and it doesn’t take a humongous effort (but yes, some effort is required!). It doesn’t take years to accomplish better posture, a tighter belly, and a reduced waistline.

We’re now accepting coaching student applications for our three-month Waist-Training Coaching Program so please inquire if you are interested! We can provide you a sterling training corset, or you can train in one you have already purchased.

With all best wishes for a warm, cuddly, corseted Holiday Season and Bright New Year!

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SIX REASONS WHY CORSET WAIST TRAINING WORKS

1. You eat less. Long-term continual pressure on your waistline restricts the amount of food that you can comfortably eat during a meal.

2. You feel full faster and hunger dissipates. Corseting minimizes the stretch of your stomach. Hunger pangs diminish and can disappear.

3. You take your time when eating and make better food choices. In order to avoid an uncomfortable sensation, heartburn, or nausea, you slow down and take smaller bites. You chew each bite longer and more thoroughly. You choose less fatty foods which are easier to digest.

4. You enjoy better posture. Corseting teaches you to stand up straight, hold your belly in, and remember how to do so when you remove the corset.

5. You’re motivated. You know the process has worked for others, and you anticipate it will work for you. You set reasonable goals and maintain an optimistic, positive outlook that moves you forward.

6. You feel better about yourself, which translates into improved self-care.

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Hollywood Starlet Emma Watson Misses the Magic of Custom corsets (sigh…)

dancing-lynnIsn’t it just precious how the new media and Hollywood starlettes refuse to know the facts and mindlessly repeat antiquated prejudice against the corset?

Yawn…

Emma Watson to be featured in a remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2017, gave up on corsets so she could remain mobile for her movie role.

Mobility?dancin

How can she NOT know (or for that matter, fashion reporters not know) YET IN 2016, THAT CUSTOM CORSETS, well seasoned and properly fit — permit almost perfect torso mobility. One would not want to precipitously bend and bend again at the precise waistline: that will tend to weaken the busk and snap it. Other than that there is almost no limit to torso mobility.

For best mobility, choose spiral steels for your boning, get the right fit, take your time in getting used to wearing it and lace down slowly, and lo! You like many of our clients and me, can go dancing the night away from ballroom to hip hop, wearing your corset — with nary a rip in sight and nary a cramp in torso.

There are even times that you might get the perfectly mobile corset by choosed wisely and well from pre-made corsets. CHECK OUT OUR HUGE WINTER INVENTORY SALE TO SEE IF SOMETHING MIGHT WORK FOR YOU (AMAZING PRICES!)

It’s clear that mobility while corseted is fact–and has been for eons. See the description of author Sarah Chrisman who rides a Victorian bicycle miles while snugly corseted, in Victorian Secrets (published 2013).

Who can answer why folks continue to spout such nonsense about the corset?

Best I can come up with, is our Puritanical reversion against sex and sexuality, plus woman’s body revealed (not to mention self determination when she chooses to wear a corset and how tightly she chooses to lace; no one is in charge of that other than herself!).

HAPPY WARM CORSETED SEASON TO ALL!

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Others can Support your Waist-training Journey; and the importance of those last pesky pounds!

I love optimistic news items!

I’m proud to be ‘a Pollyanna’ as my therapist BFF called me one time! How about you? If you don’t expect the best, then surely you will achieve and/or encounter the worst. That applies to everything in life, as far as I can tell. It clearly applies to corset waist training.

That’s why I love this July 24 Natchez Democrat news story about success in weight loss and health improvement, but this time, weight loss and better health without a corset in sight.

A church pastor weighing 308 lbs., decided to do something about his diabetes and weight—and he did it in a few short months, losing 70 lbs. He attributes his progress to many things, tho he now wants to drop 40 more pounds.

Of course–we wrote to tell him about how a man’s stays and our corset waist-training program and book Corset Magic, could help him shed those last pesky pounds–the pounds that are often the very hardest to drop. That’s one key place in a slow, deliberate overall weight-loss journey where corsets come in handy and can be quite effective. They can help with an extra “push” and extra motivation and fun, to deal with the final few pounds and reach your  goals.

FCM - Tim beltedIt worked just that way for Tim.  Tim was our third-ever coaching program student who enrolled in 2003. He when down from 210 to about 190 lbs by himself over 7 months, then in two more months lost a few more lbs. while waiting for his man’s stays (a custom man’s corset by our then-corsetiere BR Creations) to be constructed and delivered. You’ll see Tim pictured before and after a one year shape-up journey, in the seventh row right on this page and pictured in this blog.

The final three months of his year of weight loss, after Tim entered our program, he dropped another 4.5″ off his waistline and 17 final pounds to end up weighing 166 lbs!

Sure enough, Tim has struggled a bit over the last 12 years to keep control of his weight–but at every juncture he has re-employed some of the strategies and techniques we taught him, and re-dedicated himself to health, first. Continued contact with us and with his former Training Buddy, has helped him recalibrate to drop some weight over the years.

It’s instructive to read the above news story about the pastor, to glean what motivated and worked for him. His experience struck me as quite relevant to corset waist training:

“It’s really up to the individual, I have learned,” Green said. “You have to find your motivation. Having my wife (Suzanne) and my daughters (Victoria and Jessi) be so proud of me, that has really motivated me. I know that I can do this.”

The free program the pastor followed incorporates many of the key concepts in our coaching program, necessitating some, but not onerous, changes, and a “lifestyle” approach, rather than just a “one item diet” or “one perfect solution.”

Key for him, and for anyone who wishes to try corset waist training, is the support of others.

Bret, one of my esteemed friends and early coaching program student (2009), also pictured on the above ROMANTASY webpage, before and after his efforts to drop body fat content, feels as I do: organizing a consistent support system around you will almost guarantee your success (if you also set reasonable goals and are flexible in your definition of “success”; see prior blog about those two matters).

My new “how to” Primer book on the waist training process (due out for Kindle in late fall this year, or early spring), stresses the above point. Not only students whom I’ve interviewed, but their official and unofficial Training Buddies and supportive friends, confirm the importance of a “rah rah” section, to keep you moving forward. Here are some points from the book-in-progress (you may preorder now on the above webpage):

I don’t know very many people who have lost substantial weight while corseting, without having regular support and information provided by an experienced friend, spouse, partner, or coach. You may not need a lot of encouragement, but tight-lacer Marie Lourdes says, “Everyone needs a rah-rah section. Getting sidetracked is too easy in these uncertain times.”
A coach or buddy is not a radical suggestion. From the diet world, we continually hear this recommendation. The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior researched how a dieter’s significant other influenced success or failure (San Francisco Examiner, June 10, 2008). If the partner was helpful, even changing their own eating habits to lose weight, the dieter was successful. You’ve read earlier how Shane helped his wife in a similar way when she was a student. [He was a chef and changed the way he prepared their meals to low-fat, low-sugar, high-flavor.] Lynn found that “frequent email communication with Coach Ann was key to keeping me motivated and focused.”
You’ll likely need cheerleaders because waist training is demanding, much like competing in the Iron Man or Iron Woman challenge. You can “hit the wall” like a long-distance runner does, then benefit from an extra push along the way. Reaching your goal can be just as exhilarating to you, not to mention to your appreciative audience, as winning a gold medal at the Olympics to the cheers of your friends. In addition, it’s just plain fun to share your successes as you move forward.
Some days your body will rebel and not want to accept the corset. Perhaps you’re hung over after a night of indulgence. Maybe a lady has the PMS blues and typical bloating. Sometimes a cold or the flu has kept you in bed for days, or your boss yelled at you and you want to flee both the psychological and physical demands that tie you down. Maybe you haven’t been “regular” for a few days and your innards just won’t be squeezed until the problem is solved.
If you’re like many people and you try to waist train in private, you may get discouraged if no one appreciates your struggle and the results. Having someone to guide and support you—whom you can question, report to, show off in front of, and involve in lacing you into the corset or assisting with its removal—can encourage perseverance and help you feel less alone.
You might get confused over some physical reaction you have. You might feel lonely and perhaps silly to be pursuing something so unusual. You might even find it boring. Or you may just want to ask your coach a question—or complain about your coach to a friend!

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Have you used a support system in your journey to waist train? We’d love to hear about it!

 

 

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The Individual Nutrition Plan – and Corset Waist Training

Ran across this article from the Tech Insider on July 13, 2016, on how nutrition science and approach is turning to the individualized diet and away from one particular diet. However,

“While Barrington’s results are intriguing, they should be interpreted cautiously. This study hasn’t been published in a journal yet, which means it has not been peer-reviewed. And it was done in laboratory mice, which are biologically different from people, and whose lives are significantly simpler.

“That means that even if a popular diet has failed you and this study seems to offer a tantalizing explanation as to why, we can’t actually apply these results directly to humans yet. But if further studies corroborate the findings, we can expect a future in which no one will be able to insist that their favored diet works for everyone, every time — if only you stick to it.”

Five different diets were tried on mice, and all five groups did least well on the “American 2008 diet” of high sugar and high fat. Are we surprised?

The reason posited for the emphasis on individualized nutrition, is that our individual genes predispose us to do well on different nutritional plans. It’s the same in corset waist training as a process of reshaping your figure and if you want it. As we know, reducing your weight which is not connected lock-step to waistline inch loss.

While I can predict certain waistline inch loss and weight loss results in my 3-month coaching program students, usually evident half way thru the program at 1.5 months, sometimes I am surprised without any reason being evident. Each student can comply with the daily corset wearing plan, nutrition changes, and waist-targeted exercise plan I request them to pursue, yet reach, or not reach, the precise initial goals they initially set.

But the real question is, is that a “failure” or is that a “success.” It depends on how you define those terms.

What things are key to ‘success’ in corset waist training? I learned them by looking carefully at who succeeds in both my opinion and the student’s opnion,  and who has failed in the three month coaching program at ROMANTASY.

          First, setting reasonable goals based on an honest survey of one’s genetic history and past successes or failures in dieting and figure shaping is required.  How did those come about and what helped or hindered? My recently-graduated student Ms. T., set reasonable goals that were short of what I actually felt she could accomplish. They included being able to wear her corset as a foundation garment to improve her over all figure and compliment her rockabily outfits and vintage professional ensembles she preferred to wear for her public appearances as a model and author. Her goals also included being comfortable for long hours of corset wear, and improving her overall posture. My next step is to evaluate her final evaluation form just submitted, to discover how she felt about her accomplishments, and I’ll next report the results here.

3B-parents plate          Second, setting up a program or strategy to defeat negative influences is key to waist-training success. For some students that negative influence is chocolate; for others it is avoiding family celebrations with cakes, buffets, and encouragement to “eat more.” Heather is a good example of that, as she lives in the South with an extended family who presses rich and tempting Southern food on her at all family get-togethers and celebrations. Cultural “pushes” are also key; my Chinese parents-in-law tend to over indulge at family get-togethers and yummie Chinese buffets they prefer–and if I don’t maintain close control of my inclinations, so do I!

Yet others have to learn to deal with inevitable and stressful work deadlines. One lawyer waist-training student faced a financial filing deadline at the S.E.C., for a project she was lead on.  She stopped communicating with me and dropped out of the program two weeks short of completion, eventually telling me that this was “my typical way of burying myself and cutting off connection to everyone including my family, during such a deadline.” The disappointing fact is that she never returned to complete her final two weeks, tho I offered it as an extension. When she asked a month later to enroll in another month’s extension of coaching (she would pay for it) to which I was agreeable, she then never completed the final requirements of her first three month program she had dropped out of. I saw the writing on the wall; expressions of desire are not equivalent to actions that prove desire. I did not accept the month re-enrollment, explained my reasoning to her, and pointed out that by now she well understood the techniques of training and could implement them herself, using her own excellent self-discipline in most circumstances, to get back on track and lose the few extra pounds she wanted to drop at the time she quit her initial program.

          Third, being willing to be flexible and adjust your program and goals during training, as you take weekly measurements/weight and record feelings and physical sensations reactions in a journal, is critical. Nearly every student whom I have coached has done this. Some have to get over a hint of “shame” in having to veer one way or the other off original goals, but it is unwise to remain rigid during training, and smart to make adjustments that keep the process comfortable, challenging, and fun.

          Fourth, being willing to experiment is key.  Sometimes I don’t have the precise answer to offer, nor will your experienced corset maker. This became evident during Ms. T’s program once half way thru, her right rib started to become uncomfy after three hours of a 2.5″ reduction in her corset, even when wearing her well-seasoned wasp-silhouetted training corset by Sheri (perhaps the easiest to waist-train with). Rather than bear up and increase her discomfort, we adjusted her program to loosen back up to 2″ reduction and extend her hours to 10 or more per day, after putting in two hours at the originally scheduled 2.5″ reduction. Ms. T was satisfied with that decision, and so was I, since consistent wearing of the corset for long hours results in longer-term results in waist training that dramatic short-term reduction.

Understanding the above four keys before you begin waist training, will take you a long way toward success in corset waist training and, most likely, in other matters and challenges in life!

 

 

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WAIST-TO-HIP RATIO HELPS MEN REMEMBER MORE ABOUT WOMEN!

YET ONE MORE REASON TO WEAR CORSETS!!Jessie in Jill for ROMANTASY 

Writing in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, Dr. Carey Fitzgerald, a psychologist at the University of South Carolina in Beaufort, and her colleagues said the men appeared to remember more details about those they find attractive as it could help them when it comes to wooing them.

Dr. Devindra Singh, an evolutionary biologist at the U of Texas, years ago (maybe 20?)  discovered that a .7 waist-to-hip (“hip spring”) ratio attracts favorable male attention of men from pre-pubescent to 90 yrs. of age. The new research extends the benefits of a curvy figure yet one more step regarding waist-to-hip ratio (aka “hip spring”), and angle of the waist to derriere!
Men students in the study could remember biographical and physical information about women better, if they had that .7 waist to hip ratio and 45 degree angle of buttocks to waist.
If only this research had but proved that men would FIRST (but I’ll take “also”) remember how smart and talented we seemed, from just observing the curves of our torso. (smile)
Strangely, the writer in the Self magazine article where I read about the new study, concludes by recommending that you NOT pursue corset waist training! She doesn’t provide any reasoning behind this puzzling conclusion, but does say her own attraction to an hourglass figure is a “gross” admission on her part. “Gross”?
We recommend that she read Lucy William’s new book, Solaced, to find 101 personal stories of reasons why she should or could love corsets–if they fill a personal need she may have. Or read our new book in progress (fall publication), Corset Waist Training: A primer on easy, fun and fashionable waist reduction, to see how men and women of many sizes and shapes–including one trainee who started at 325 lbs with multiple health issues and lost 50 lbs and 5″ waistline inches–have improved their health as well as their shape in three short months of sound nutrition, exercise, and moderate custom corset-wearing practices.
The bottom line is that attracting male attention, or public attention, is not the real reason we should be attending to our figures, corseting, waist training,or pursuing the hourglass shape. The bottom line benefit of waist training deals with improving our health first and foremost!
Corseting for  fashion, entertainment, fantasy, wedding gown splendor,  BDSM play (perhaps), being trendy — all is just fine, but the true Corset Magic is in our enhanced personal sense of well-being, energy for life, joie-du-vivre, improved posture, and keeping our waistline well “in hand-in corset” so that risk to our health as we age does not move up, but down with our waistlines.
Corset pictured by Jill for ROMANTASY, modeled by Jessie, with 16″ hip spring; derriere 36″,  natural waist 24″, corseted to 20″ over corset or 19″ under corset, an actual five-inch waist reduction. This is about a .52 – .53 ratio.

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