DISCLAIMER: Tight lacing can be risky for some individuals with medical conditions. Please consult your doctor before following any of the suggestions in this section! I am sharing what I do in my own life. If you follow these suggestions, you do so at your own risk.
What is Waist Training?
Waist training uses a corset to reduce the circumference of your waist without reducing your weight. You can use waist training in conjunction with weight loss, but it is separate. It's controversial in some circles, and there's a lot of nonsense about it on the web, both from advocates and opponents. Here's a quick summary of the main points:
- When done correctly, waist training is perfectly safe. There are many examples of healthy people who have made remarkable waist reductions with no ill effects.
- Waist training using only a corset is not permanent. To get a permanent waist reduction, you need to lose weight. However, wearing a corset can help reduce your appetite, which can aid in weight reduction. And many long-term waist trainers have noticed that their waist remains smaller for many hours after they remove their corset. You can exploit this fact when you want to wear clothes (such as bikini's) where a corset would not be appropriate, but a small waist would still be a great thing to have.
Who are some famous waist-trainers?
Undoubtedly the most famous waist-trainers in the world are Cathie Jung and Mr. Pearl.
Cathie holds the Guinness Book of World Record's 2011 record for the world's smallest waist. Her waist is about the size of the lid on a jar of mayonnaise! To achieve this, she has worn her corset for 24 hours a day for most of her life. Cathie's waist is so small that people suspected she had some of her ribs removed (oh yes, that old thing again). She has posted a photo of her X-rays to show that all of her ribs are still intact. Cathy is a healthy and happy 82-years old as of this writing!
Mr. Pearl is a famous corset maker who has collaborated with some of the leading fashion designers of the day, such as Thierry Mugler. But he is also a corset wearer. Like Cathie Jung, he wears his corset 24 hours a day and has achieved an 18-inch waist!
From these examples, it should be clear that, given the proper dedication, truly significant waist reductions can be obtained without risk to your health.
What's the Most Desirable Waistline?
This is a fascinating question. There is some interesting science on this subject. The ideal waist-hip ratio is surprisingly similar across very different cultures. There's some evidence that the cause of this could be our evolutionary history. While the preferred bust size and weight preferences are quite different when you move from one culture to another, all cultures prefer a waist/hip ratio of 0.7. In other words, the size of the waist should be 70% of the size of the hip. Poor peasants from India, young Indonesians, Hispanics and African-American men and women all find women with this waist/hip ratio to be the most attractive.
Researchers found that even a small increase in waist size significantly decreases attractiveness and made the study subjects appear overweight. And the impact of being overweight on judgments of attractiveness was strongly negative. This is true even for groups who prefer heavier women, such as uneducated landless laborers from India. You might suggest that western ideals have influenced Indians, but this is not true since in traditional Indian mythology a typical description of a beautiful woman's body says that "her hips and breasts were full, her waist slender."
Moving from the third world to the U.S., we find Marilyn Monroe's measures of 36-24-34 (WHR of 0.71) while the controversial Twiggy was 31-24-33 (WHR .73). The beautiful Ellie MacPherson, one of the most popular models of all time, is 36-24-35 (WHR .68). In fact, Kate Moss, Sophie Lauren and the Venus de Milo all have WHR around .7.
What fascinates me about the most about this is that there's substantial evidence that women with a .7 waist/hip ratio in this range have peak fertility and health. Human beings prefer to think they are independent of evolution, but that's not the case. Evolution bred us to reproduce, and the process of natural selection favors those who can successfully do it over those who can't. In modern terms, this means that since your ancestors rocked to the WHR of 0.7, so do you.
If this is too much science for you, think of it this way: SheDaddy wants to bimbofy me, which means turning me into as sexual and attractive creature as possible. To do this, I need to get a WHR of 0.7 (you can think of this as the BIMBO RATIO) and she feels the way to do this is to use the corset as an artificial sexualizing device because, well, let's face it, I lack those naturally spectacularly sexual dimorphic curves.
Enough Theory. Let's Get an Example
My hips are about 40-inches (currently). Multiply this by 0.7, and you get 28-inches. That's my target waist size. As they say in the circus: TADAH!
However, bear in mind that this can be a moving target. In my case, I am also continuing to lose weight. This will probably also reduce my hip size by a bit, which will also reduce my target waist size. But for now, my target waist is 28-inches, which is a reduction of 12-inches.
How is Waist Training Done?
As usual with corsetry, there are different approaches, much advocacy, debate and lots of passion. I've decided to use what is widely known as the "Roller Coaster Method." It seems sensible, conservative and allows me to set targets and goals, which helps in planning my corset wearing for my rather complicated life.
Using the Roller Coaster Method, you work slowly towards your ultimate waist reduction goal. Choose an initial amount to reduce your waist by (a typical value is 1/2 of an inch). Let's say you are currently at 40-inches. 1/2 inch less than that is 39.5 inches. So you would wear your corset for a few days or a week for two hours a day at 39.5 inches. Then repeat for another week but wearing your corset for four hours each day. Then repeat for another week but this time for six hours each day. Once you have reached this point, reduce your waist by another 1/2 inch (in our example, to 39 inches), and start over again at two-hours. You continue this process until you reach your ultimate waist goal.
Obviously, waist training takes patience. If I were to spend a week at each period, it would take three weeks of training before I could reduce another 1/2 inch. To reduce 12 inches using this method it would take 72 weeks (12 inches times 2 steps per inch * 3 weeks) or about 1.4 years to get to my goal. But I believe I would get there.
Most people who use the roller coaster method don't spend an entire week at each time interval. Instead, they spend three days and allow themselves one day off from corset-wearing each week. If you can do this, it will speed up the process dramatically, allowing a 12-inch reduction in about 9-months.
My Training Regimen
Using the Roller Coaster Method (or any method) should not be applied rigidly. You need to listen to your body, use good judgment and good sense. It's not uncommon to hit a "wall," where you don't seem able to reduce anymore. If that happens to you, stick with your current waist reduction for another few days, and try again. Keep at it until you can move down that next 1/2-inch. And of course, the real world can intrude, making it difficult to maintain your corset training schedule. These are all problems that should be handled with a smile and the realization that you'll be back to your schedule soon.
In this section, all these measurements will be made wearing my corset. That means the actual waist size is slightly smaller (by an inch or so). But it's the proportion we are after, so it will all work out just fine.
Initial Starting Amount
After seasoning my corset at 2-inches for a couple of weeks, I discovered that I could bring my corset down to 3-inches without any problem. I am, regrettably, squishier than I would like. I suggest that you do what I did, and choose a challenging, but comfortable amount to start. If you are in great shape with very little "squish," you probably won't be able to start with three-inches. That's the price you pay for being amazing. I've just finished my first 1/2 week at this amount and will be moving it down another 1/2-inch today. Here's how my Schedule looks:
- First week:
- Mon. Tues. Wed: 3-inches for two hours
- Thurs. Fri. Sat: 3-inches for four hours
- Sunday: No Corset
- Second Week:
- Mon. Tues. Wed: 3-inches for six hours
- Thurs. Fri. Sat: 3.5-inches for 2 hours
- Sunday: No Corset
- Third Week:
- Mon. Tues. Wed. 3.5-inches for four hours
- Wed. Thurs. Fri. 3-5-inches for 6 hours
- Sunday: No Corset
And so on, until I reach my target goal.
The main consideration with waist training is your core muscle strength. Over time, your body can start to rely on the corset for support and this can cause your muscles to atrophy, making you dependent on the corset. I don't want this to happen, so I exercise my abdominal muscles each day (without wearing the corset, of course!) I focus on the transverse abdominus and the oblique abdominal muscles. I try not to over strengthen the retus abdominus, since that can interfere with waist reduction.
Lacing for Waist Training
I use a special method for lacing my corset for waist training that works quite well, in fact much better than the usual way corsets are laced. I noticed this on Cathie Jung's corset photographs and tried it for myself. To learn more, please see my article on Corset Lacing Tips
Practical Considerations for Waist Training
It is not always easy to find a block of time where you can wear your corset for four or six hours. One simple way to deal with this is to wear your corset while you sleep. I have done this and don't find it to be a problem, at least so far, but many people are unable to sleep while corsetted. In such cases, you need to resort to stealth corsetting, which is when you wear your corset hidden under your everyday clothing. If you know in advance that you are going to do this, you can also select a corset that would be compatible with stealth corsetting. There aren't a lot of options, but at the least, you can use a pale or neutral color, rather than black or bright red. There's almost no way to hide a corset under tight clothes, but I've found I can successfully do it under a business suit, as long as I am wearing my jacket. You can also use loose T-Shirts or sweatshirts if the circumstances allow that.
That's it for today. Thanks for reading and if you have something nice to say or a good idea or suggestion, you can always message me on Twitter