This is a bit of a lengthy read, but well worth it. And if you do choose to skim through, then try and have a look-see at the most important points, all highlighted and boldfaced in pink.
Now, with all of the recent popularity that waist-training has been getting lately, there is without a doubt no shortage of information out there on the subject and some of it is very good. But then there's the rest of it: telling people that they have to wear their corset all day and all night; that you have to buy a waist-training corset because a steel boned corset won't do the trick...and I want to debunk a few of those silly "tips" and also provide you with a few tricks that will definitely help you stick to your new routine.
You don't need to wear your corset all day and night:
Though there are those who choose to only take their corset off for their daily shower, I personally don't recommend this until you've gained some experience and have decided that this is what you want to do rather than because you've been told that you must.
Put your corset on in the morning and then listen to your body. Don't lace it tighter than you're comfortable with and don't be shy to loosen your laces if you feel the need to.
Be sure to eat properly and stay hydrated:
There are many people who claim that wearing their corset throughout the day has lead them to feel fuller faster than if they were not wearing their corset. If this is something that you notice, you must make sure that the food you are consuming is providing you with the right amount of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Its also not a bad idea to consider taking a vitamin supplement while you waist train. Cutting calories should never ever lead you to cutting nutrients!
Also, it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day (and no, the 4 cups of coffee you had this morning do not count!). Frequently, whether wearing a corset or not, people confuse thirst for hunger and rather than having a glass of water, will decide instead to have a small snack. Keep a bottle of water handy (or your hydrating drink of choice) and be sure to sip regularly.
A steel boned corset is perfectly fine for waist-training:
There is no need to purchase a waist-training corset in order to waist train. So long as you select a steel boned corset that is the correct size for your needs, you will be able to waist train in it. As a matter of fact, I would sooner suggest starting with a standard steel-boned underbust, which can offer a waist reduction of 4" to 5" before moving on to a waist-training corset, which offer up to a 6" to 7" waist reduction.
If you are new to this, then the 6" to 7" waist reduction that a waist-training corset can deliver may bee a little much in terms of how it feels. In general, a waist training corset has 24 steel bones, which allows it to bear more tension and as a result offer a greater waist reduction than a standard steel boned corset.
You can sleep in your corset if you like:
If you want to give it a try, go ahead - there is no danger of sleeping in your corset. In order to feel the most comfortable, I recommend loosening your laces before bed, but leaving it snug enough so that it doesn't risk unclasping as you shift through the night. Also, make sure that you have a supportive pillow for your head and neck and you may also want to consider sleeping on your side with a soft pillow between your knees for maximum comfort and good spinal alignment.
Exercising in your corset is not recommended:
In general, anything more strenuous than a brisk walk I would not recommend. Lots of people argue that women from the Victorian era did virtually everything in their corsets in an attempt to justify exercising in them, but what they frequently forget to note is that in those times, parents would start corseting their children from a very young age. So for someone who was accustomed to life in a corset from the very beginning of their childhood, naturally they would be able to perform certain tasks while in their corset because they were never really out of their corsets.
If you feel confident that you are capable of performing some form of exercise in your corset, then please do not attempt the exercise before speaking with a certified/professional trainer.
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