I haven’t posted in a long time: I’ve been in a depressed funk and also I’m withdrawing from one of the hardest psych drugs to withdraw from. The side effects were getting to me again so I had to quit again. My sixth? antipsychotic drug I didn’t need. Every morning I’d have rages and tears. It was awful. I’ve gone thru 6 weeks of itching all over, mild nausea, increased anxiety, and brain funk…not being able to write or even speak well for the withdrawal, the other side of the psych drug sword.
But wasn’t this post about losing weight without dieting? It is.
When you are on psych drugs, especially, you grow an enormous belly. I don’t know why. Your clothes don’t fit, you feel ugly and bloated and old. You have lost your waist. I have found by looking on the net there is a way to get back a proportional waist or even smaller: waist training with corsets.
It’s happening all over the country. People are losing belly fat by waist training and even losing weight doing it since the corset reduces appetite while wearing it. They also do core exercises to keep the abdominal area strong and some are even trying to diet. So, 100 years after the invention of the bra, women are returning to the corsets of their ancestors.
My grandmother wore a modern version of the corset: the panty girdle. So did my mother. It was a bullet proof contraption to hold in the tummy and derriere. A bra, usually a huge white or black one, was worn on top. Stockings, as in corsets, were attached by “suspenders” that hung off the girdle. More modern shapewear like Spanx. (I don’t endorse Spanx.) was supposed to constrict like old timey girdles but also make you appear thinner. I’ve tried the tight shapers in a cheaper brand and saw little reduction. It only reduces huge muffin top and rear wiggle.
Corsets used for “waist training” are bought in a size 4 inches to 7 or 8 inches smaller than the natural waist and are worn in increasing increments daily until you “lace down” to the size of the corset, or it closes. Then, it’s time to get a new smaller one. Some natural waist reduction occurs as well so on a corset less day you still look smaller.
Still you will remain fat in other areas unless you diet and exercise. Some people only take off their corsets to bathe and work out. There are dangers with corsets such as some organs moving downward and the bottom two “floating” ribs being drawn in. It is suggested to “lace down” gradually after “seasoning”or breaking in the corset to avoid medical problems.
Since the first diet book was written in 1918 by Lulu Hunt Peters, this country and others have been obsessed with weight reduction. The newer simpler clothing starting in the 1920’s required thin bodies without corsets– showed all the fat. There is a new diet a week in all women’s magazines. If you read them they are about the same…lower calories and fat and exercise. They don’t want to be sued. They find random women who have lost 200 pounds and say they followed the diet featured that week but who knows what happened. Maybe they got their stomach stapled. So, now, women who have been on the diet go round since puberty are sick of it and want to see results right away.
Corsets are expensive, starting at about 100 bucks and going up. Custom corsets start at about 400 dollars. They also wear out and the corset wearer will find they need to buy more than one corset to trade off if the other one is getting washed, etc. People into corsetry will buy a wardrobe of corsets over time. A real corset is “boned” with steel nowadays and not whalebone of times past and definitely not plastic which is worse than buying nothing at all. A waist trainer has more than twenty steel “bones”. It’s bulletproof, almost. It is still less expensive and risky than Weight Loss Surgery.
Most of my information came from Lucy’s Corsetry You Tube Page and
Orchard Corsets webpage and videos. I do not officially endorse either brand.
Corset wear is kind of hard if you work. First, you must put on a soft t-shirt under the corset to avoid chafing. After the corset is laced, someone working would have to wear loose fitting or empire waisted shirts. Laces must be tucked in after tying excess to not show on the outside. People wear their corsets out of their clothes at home, for casual wear, or even dressing up and showing a fancy corset as part of an outfit. New corsets are not all white huge contraptions as seen like in the Sears Catalog for like 1912 or so. They are more streamlined and stylish. Some women even wear “over bust” corsets on their own for outerwear. Some daring women.
Some corsets are prescribed by doctors after surgery and for sciliosis and run so tight that reductions are seen. There are also industrial back braces that don’t tight lace for workers with weak backs and workout corsets that make your stomach sweat and temporarily reduce. They are not lingerie.
I got the idea that compression worked because I wear tight socks under boots and sometimes wear braces as well. I noticed my ankles and feet weren’t water filled and ugly anymore and wondered about compression on other areas in the body. The compression from modern compression garments such as Spanx does not last after the garment is taken off but corsets are more extreme and your body does hold its shape after they are taken off.
I don’t know if I will buy a corset. I’d have to buy it in the mail and it would have to pass thru mail handlers or Fed Ex or UPS and who knows if my corset would come in one piece? There is no place to buy one around here retail. One lingerie store offers a corset but it’s one of the “sexy” ones used as lingerie but not very functional. It was 300 dollars as well. Even Victoria’s Secret only has one corset in stock. They are hard to come by except thru the mail.