During the Victorian era, women wore corsets to slim their waists and shape their figures into an attractive hourglass silhouette. While long abandoned to the fashions of yesteryear, the corset has made a comeback of sorts, with many women using it to aid with weight loss. The Corset Diet has few food restrictions, relying instead on the unique piece of clothing itself to shape the body and suppress appetite. Always discuss your dieting plans with your doctor before you begin.
Traditionally worn as an undergarment, the corset covers from the hips to the breasts and consists of a sheath of heavy material that contains supportive braces throughout its design and laces in the back for the tightest fit possible. The corset's sturdy construction shapes the midsection and compresses the stomach, creating an exaggerated waistline and serving to accentuate the hips and breasts.
The Corset Diet places no restrictions on the calories consumed nor does it prohibit certain foods. Instead, the corset itself does all the work, with the clothing's restrictive fit making it difficult to eat large meals. Women on the Corset Diet need to wear a tight-fitting corset from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. for six weeks. Dieters may eat whatever they want while wearing the corset, although they should avoid eating solid foods less than two hours before removing the corset. Water may be taken at any time, day or night.
While there's little medical research to validate the effectiveness of the Corset Diet, individuals following the program's guidelines report experiencing a natural loss of appetite, as the corset constricts the stomach and abdomen. Even the thought of eating a large meal will become less appealing over time. Constantly seeing the hourglass shape the corset creates may also provide a psychological benefit, serving as a constant reminder of what limiting food intake may achieve.
Aside from compressing the stomach, a corset will also assist with posture, keeping the lower back straight and erect. However, the corset's snug fit will reduce your ability to bend down or twist. Also, be sure not to pull the corset so tight it restricts breathing. A proper corset fit should deliver a gentle hugging sensation, not a vice-like constriction. When you first start the diet, give your body a day or two to adjust to the corset, wearing it for only a few hours at a time and then building up to the full 12-hour day. As the diet progresses, you may have to increasingly tighten the laces or even switch to a smaller corset to ensure a proper fit.