When people think of corsetting, they think about latex, nylon or spandex fabric and a set of 3 adjustable hooks, designed to make you sweat to achieve an hourglass appearance. These are typically called “waist cinchers” and are not the traditional corset. Before I get into HOW you can mold your body to have an hourglass shape like mine, I want to show you the difference between these two types of “corsets” so you understand the pros and cons of both.
When I first started “corseting” in high school, it was before the Kardashians made it popular so there wasn’t a lot of options to choose from. Although it did make my waist smaller, I didn’t lose as many inches as I hoped because unfortunately, at that time I didn’t know I was doing it wrong. Only recently, have I discovered the proper way to corset and the many benefits that come along with it and I am so happy that I made the switch! I made a comparison chart so you can see the difference between a true corset and a waist cincher.
Buy The RIGHT Corset
The first step to corseting 101 is buying the correct corset! I like to purchase mine from Orchard Corset but any other brand is okay too. Make sure you measure yourself accordingly so you’re purchasing the right size. If you buy a size too big, the corset won’t be able to do its job and if it’s too small then you will either have to exchange it or lose weight to fit into it, which I don’t recommend. You will need to measure your underbust, natural waist, upper hip and torso length. Most companies have a sizing chart on their website. If you’re still not sure about your size, make sure you contact them before buying so you get your right size.
Breaking In Your Corset
Before you get all excited and put on your corset, you need to break it in first! This is called ‘seasoning’ and it’s a process that takes two weeks. It is very important to do this step as failure to do so can seriously cause damage to your corset. Seasoning allows the steel bones to mold to your body shape which will make it more comfortable and last longer. Unlike a waist cincher, corsets are tightened with laces and therefore will add more pressure the tighter you have it, slowly tightening it over the course of two weeks will allow your body to adjust to the pressure. When you start to tighten your laces, make sure the corset is loose enough that you can easily do up the buttons in front without straining the corset.
When the corset is on, it should feel like a nice hug not like you’re being squeezed to death! For the first few days, you’re going to want to wear your corset for a couple of hours and then increase the time by an hour after the third day for the next eleven days. After wearing it for the first couple of hours, you can begin to tighten the laces slowly. Here is a breakdown of how long to wear the corset over the course of two weeks.
Post Seasoned Corset
After you have completed two weeks with your corset, it should be molded to your shape enough that you can wear it under or on top of your clothing. Keep tightening it the more your hourglass shape starts to take place. How do you know if your corset is seasoned?
- the top and bottom of the corset hugs your body
- no gapping
- the hooks and pins go right into place
- laces are easier to tighten
A corset can certainly change the shape of your body but it can’t make you lose weight. To truly get an hourglass shape, you will need to exercise! Honestly, I HATE that word..exercise… Can we just call it a lifestyle change? Okay, so for your NEW lifestyle change, you’re going to want to find an exercise regime that works 100% for you. There are so many different workout routines that it’s hard to find one that works best for you. I’ve hated exercising ALL my life until recently when I was getting so frustrated finding a workout routine that made ME happy and motivated that I customized one just for myself!
I’ve broken down my workout routine to cardio being the first, I use my Bowflex M5 machine that I go on for 15 minutes every day and I generally lose over 100 calories, then strength training until I finish all my workouts and then stretching. The way I have customized my workouts is by breaking down what body parts I want to work on and then categorizing them into two’s and working on them Monday – Friday. Here is an example of what my workout plan looks like and it WORKS. I work on booty & chest on Monday, then inner thighs & arms/back on Tuesday, and then calf & stomach on Wednesday and then I repeat the cycle until Friday.
This is my definition of a happy workout regime that I created for myself. I would be more than ecstatic if you wanted to use my schedule or you can work on other parts of your body that may not be on my list 🙂 You will start to notice a change in your body as it adapts to the corset and your new lifestyle change. *Please note, unless you’re wearing a waist cincher, DO NOT wear your corset while working out. It will get damaged and it cannot be washed so it will start to smell if you get sweat on it.
Yes, sorry but it’s true…in order to get that hourglass shape, you have to change your eating habits! That is if you’re eating carbs and processed foods all the time! Eating foods that are poor for your body will never be good for you. This also doesn’t mean you have to go on a crash-binging-diet either. It’s time to find an eating lifestyle that works best for YOU! The first week of any change to your daily lifestyle is going to be a shock to your system so expect your mood to alter, headaches, fatigue, and possible nausea. This is only for a week and a bit though and after that, you will feel SO much better! No more headaches or nausea, you will have more energy and feel happier!
To kickstart my journey and because my bodies health was seriously decreasing, I had to go on a monitored diet. Now, that I am doing it on my own I have adapted it to my new lifestyle. I eat two meals a day and two snacks. My new lifestyle makes me happy as I consider it to be an “open relationship” meaning that I stick to my regular meal plan and if I go off it I don’t get upset with myself. I enjoy my little “cheat” and go about my day the way I normally would. If you beat yourself up every time you make a mistake then you’re on a “diet” and not enjoying a happy lifestyle. You should enjoy what you eat!
Customize EVERYTHING for yourself! Make it so that your meals are pre-cooked, measured and frozen for efficiency and convenience. Create your own recipes or find healthy ones online! Drink 2L of water every day.
Here is a list of the food I like to stick to and eat. The deal is that you pick two different proteins to eat daily, so I will have chili with extra lean ground beef for lunch, while at dinner, I’ll have chicken stir-fry with spinach and onions. This goes the same for your fruits and veggies, you have to eat two different ones during the day. This can also count as your snacks. Play around with your meal plan and find a healthy lifestyle that works best for you. I know it’s easier said than done so if you need any help with customizing you can send me an email here.
Is this your first time corseting? Where did you buy your corset from? I’d love to hear your questions and feedback, please leave them in the comments below!
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