Corset Diet

Corset Diet

Phil Boarder writes:


Last year (2008) we carried out an experiment to see if wearing a corset would help in weight reduction. Here is the introduction and the first week's newsletter follows. At the end of the six weeks I will show the feed back we received from the 5 trial ladies. 
Welcome to the corset diet. The corset you have has been selected for you based on your sizes and can be worn over long periods in comfort, providing you follow the instructions for putting on, wearing and taking off. The corset diet can help with weight loss and has many benefits normal diets do not have. Figure control gives a defined waist upon fitting and lacing the corset. A pleasant hugging sensation and a cosy comfort other diets cannot offer.
Here at the corset diet your health is of prime importance. If you have any problems with your corset or wish to discuss the programme we are happy to help. Trained advisors will be happy to take your call and the phone is manned from 8.30 until 5.30 on weekdays. If we are busy, please leave your number with the reception and we will call you back as soon as possible. The corset supplied can be supplemented with another one of different colour or size for your comfort. Please give details to the helpline when ordering any more. We take most credit card debit card types.
The modern diet has many aims. Improvement of health, lifestyle and looks. The corset diet is just one of many alternative methods for losing weight and reducing appetite. The following details a few highlights of the method.
First wear and food consumption
Wearing the corset. A comfortable corset cannot be tightened to full waist reduction instantly. Although the figure can be improved faster than any other form of diet, the waist reduction must be slow and gentle. Under no circumstances are the laces to be tied around the waist. This will lead to marks on the waist and distortion of the boning. The corset by its nature is a waist restricting item, rigid in construction and strong, but flexible. The hundreds of stitches and strong boning in a corset will slowly form to your body, and so tightening should take place over a few days. The correct size corset is key to the diet. Gentle pressure on the tummy area will reduce the capacity for food and give the feeling of fullness, a key problem in other diets. The corset should give a gentle hugging sensation, very pleasant and comforting. The first few days the corset should only be worn for a few hours. Try putting it on before your biggest meal of the day. Leave it on for 1 hour after eating. Once you have become used to the feel of the corset it should be worn between 9 am and 9 p.m. Food should only be consumed when wearing the corset and not within 2 hours of taking off the corset, i.e., all food to be consumed before 7pm if you are taking the corset off at 9pm. Water can be taken at any time of day or night, but all solids should be taken within corset wearing periods.
The corset will improve your posture and reduce your waist dimension, leading to a pleasing appearance; it is, however a bulky item. The corset, although reducing your waist by up to four inches, will not reduce your profile by 4 inches due to the thickness of the material and boning. Care must be taken when wearing the corset, as it will reduce your ability to bend down. It will improve your stance and poise.    
Taking off
The corset is taken off in the opposite way as it was put on. The laces must be loosened before the busks are unclipped, otherwise they may be twisted and damaged. Nipping of the waist may occur if the laces are left tight when taking off.  The skin will be marked after a day's wearing of the corset, and it is important to do some gentle exercise to help recovery. Bathing and moisturising will assist, as will a walk or exercise. No food to be consumed after the corset is off.
Smaller corsets
If, after a period of time the corset becomes loose even with the laces fully tightened, another smaller corset will be required. This will need the same care and attention as the first corset. Do not over tighten, and it should be broken in as before.
A weekly newsletter will be sent to you over the 6-week course giving tips and explaining where you should be in the course and providing support and encouragement.

Thank you for choosing the corset diet and good luck.


2nd Week
The corset diet, week two. This is a difficult week where the interest and surprise of colleagues and passersby start to irritate. However the work put in is starting to bring results. Wearing the corset has begun to become a familiar support, slightly more comfortable at the end of the first week and now maybe becoming less comfortable. The correct size corset is vital and now the seams and stitching have slowly blended to your body; it may now start to become or feel slightly too big. The corset has become slightly bigger, but the real truth is you are getting slightly smaller. No real difference in eating patterns can be identified, but the corset is serving its purpose.  It is making you far more aware of your shape, your sexuality and how you move and interact with modern day life. The laces can be shortened further using the same technique as last week, but remember not to go too short or commit the ultimate crime by tying the laces around your waist. This will distort the boning and, as you may have noticed, the rigid corset you first tried on is actually a fairly flexible friend. The wrapping of laces around the waist provides an immovable binding that will cause nasty marks on the waist.
The dilemma of the corset is the catch 22 of underwear. The construction and strength of the corset is exactly as Victorian women would have worn. The waist measurement over the tightened corset does not really reduce from your actual waist size. This confusion and frustration is because the corset has a thickness that, when added to your body, increases the circumference by at least 2 to 3 inches. What has been reduced by the effects of lacing is replaced by the thickness of the corset. This is why corsets can look bulky and cumbersome encasing your body, when they are perfectly fitted. This brings a dawning of those Victorian ladies pictured in their dresses and ball gowns. They are wearing a corset and dress but still have a very small waist from the outside. The corsets from the past must have been very tight indeed.
Modern clothing is very difficult to wear with a corset because of the outside size, and really, only blouses and skirts or a long dress are suitable. They are bulky at the back with the lacing and knots, but hopefully, you are beginning to feel and see some results.  Week two is when you may start thinking about a smaller corset. If this is the case, then this week's tip is to wear the corset over a long t-shirt or vest. Make sure the underlayer is pulled down to ensure the creasing under the corset is lessened. The underlayer will increase the tightness feeling of the corset due to its thickness increasing the tension on the laces. Another layer in hot weather is possibly not a helpful idea, but it will give the feeling of tightness if your corset is too loose and arrangements can be made for a smaller one after week three. Silk or cotton fabrics are preferred but be careful not to damage the item when pulling the laces. Fingers can become snagged in the underlayer.  Remember your body weight will fluctuate naturally over the weeks so try the under layer and if it is too tight, resort to wearing the corset as you have been.
Good luck and keep going.


3rd Week
Almost half way through the 6 week course. You may begin at this stage to feel a little naked without your corset. Reaching for things becomes a double task as you start to move towards something, stop,
because your corset usually prevents you from a task like this, and then realising you are not wearing it, move over and pick it up.  You are discovering a new wardrobe, not just because of the corset, but as you want to wear it more and more, and explaining has become tiresome - the effort to find disguises become more elaborate.  Try a skirt with a pull on very thin elastic waistband style, which can be worn under a corset with a long shirt over the top. Avoid anything with buttons or zips under your corset as this may cause pressure marks and be very uncomfortable in a very short space of time. The laces may hang down the back unless you push them under the lower part of the corset above the bottom and hip. Never around the waist remember! This is a cool way to wear a corset, as it allows airflow up the shirt and over the upper body. A thin skirt worn under the corset will also help to keep you cool. Many Victorian ladies had the use of a fan, and we are reduced to a folded A4 piece of paper or an open car window. The hot weather, although a problem for corset wearers, does help the loss of weight as food intake does reduce in the hot weather. Ice cream intake maybe up slightly however! By week three, you may have received your new purple corset if you have reduced your waist measurements and the black one felt a fraction too big as you become used to the tightness and lacing. The purple corset is two inches smaller than your last one. Well done, but it does have to be broken in as the first one was. Take it easy at first. The purple corsets can be hard to get used to, as they will be up to 6 inches smaller than your original waist measurements. If you are still at the black corset level, please keep going. This is a serious trial from which the results may help thousands of people fight their situations. The black corsets should now be like an old friend, one you may cross the road to avoid in certain situations but an old friend never the less.

Good luck and keep going.


4th Week
Over halfway through the six week course. Only another two weeks in the corset and feelings are that maybe you will miss it. It is a distant memory, the struggling with the clips and laces so foreign to modern day dressing. The constriction of a modern day corset, although constructed using Victorian designs is, with modern materials, far less rigid than the undergarments of 100 years ago. The gentle hugging sensation and support should be fairly pleasant, although the warm weather may make it more uncomfortable than it should be.
The past four weeks I am sure have been enlightening and results should now be very evident. The corsets will have formed to your body and feel more comfortable than the first couple of weeks. The feeling that the corset is bigger does not mean you have lost any inches, as the material will have relaxed and the tension on the seams and stitching relaxed with wear. In this week, we must ensure the corset is progressively laced tighter, with the gap between the laces reduced sufficiently to ensure the hugging sensation is applied, as the corset grows and your waist reduces. This can be difficult when the gap gets very small, as the lacing can be difficult to get hold of between the back of the corset. Victorians overcome this problem with hooks on the end of handles to work the laces towards the centre of the corset and give a balance on the lace tension. I would not recommend this, as it can damage the laces and is best carried out by a helper. If you can, make sure the gap at the back is uniform from the top to the bottom. Easier said than done, but pulling on the centre loops and working the laces to the centre will help; use of a mirror is essential for this. A sure sign you have uneven tension is the top lace hanging loose in the middle of your shoulder blades after tightening. This will eventually work its way into the tighter laces towards the middle of the corset and give a loosening effect during the time worn. This may ease the comfort of a corset, but in truth an ill fitting and laced corset will actually become more uncomfortable than a correctly tightened one as it moves on the body.  If you have the laces correctly laced, you will not need to adjust it during the day. This can be difficult, and those laces hanging down seem to have a mind of their own. Appearing out from under toilet cubicles can cause panic among other users, as they are sure it was a snake. Also, cubicles are not designed to move your elbows or arms behind you. An empty conference room is your only option. Preparation is the key. Make sure the room is empty, not overlooked and the key is preparation!
Well done so far. Good luck and keep going.


5th Week
The end is in sight. The corset maybe showing signs of wear, and for those of you with the original corset you could be thinking a visit to the dry cleaners is on the cards. The problem will be, one missing wearing the corset while it is on the super speed two hours turn-around service; and, two, deciding whether you can take in to the counter or your partner should do the deed. Like most things in life, worrying about stuff like this soon fades as you become aware the dry cleaners have seen it all over the years and a corset every now and then is no surprise to them. Taking it off in the shop and handing it over may create more fuss with the other customers than the staff. 
It is very difficult in a trial to get a fair indication of the success or lack of it, as there are other outside influences that cannot be controlled, but must be used in the final analysis. The last few weeks have seen waves of hot weather crossing the country. The hot weather may have affected your wear in many ways. Excessive water intake during hot weather that would normally cause a bloated feeling may help reduce calorie intake as the full feeling can be caused by the increase fluid. This maybe of help in losing weight, but you need to be careful in the hot weather, as it can cause dizziness. The golden rule is, if it feels uncomfortable and you feel unwell, do not wear the corset. Lighter clothes do not hide a corset very well - try loose layers to give an opaque view. Long flowing items are particularly good. There is no real need to keep your corset under wraps; however, on week six it maybe worth the cover up to then reveal the new you to the world.
Well done so far. Good luck and keep going.


6th Week
The end is here; the six weeks seemed to take forever at times, and yet as you look back it seems like yesterday the corset lay on the table, threatening and scary. The journey you have been on has seen humour, frustration and most of all, attention. For most, the experience has been life changing. You have started to talk to more people and many have been very interested in your new figure and posture. You have been given more attention not only from other people, but also yourself. You have become clearly aware of your curves, your femininity and your fun, have a go at anything approach to life.
The key to any life moment is, where do you go from here? To continue wearing a corset al the time? To wear it occasionally or to move to a new you? Those who have struggled with the corset and the idea may breathe (at last) a sigh of relief. It did nothing for you and the last six weeks have been a living hell. Others may be looking to pass on the great news and dramatic effects the corset has had on their life. All these views can help others to prepare and take on the same task you have carried out over the last six weeks.
This was a serious experiment, carried out in hot weather and through holidays. It may be that the 6 weeks could have been more controlled over a period or in the period up to big days such as Christmas or over Easter, or a run up to a big event such as a wedding or corporate event.
We would appreciate all your feed back and any advice on how the six weeks could be improved and how the support (last pun, honest) from us has encouraged and helped you.
It is time for the tape and scales to see if it has worked as a serious and achievable weight loss programme. Was the six weeks too long or too short? Did you enjoy the experience and would you recommend to others.
Thank you for your efforts and well done


Corset diary - input from one of the ladies (unedited):

Day 1
Got home from work to an exciting package opened it nearly died!! was expecting something very medical, well I suppose it is in a very S & M kind of way. Tried it on when the kids went to bed, husband's eyes nearly fell out of his head and I have a feeling that any weight loss may be down to increased physical activity rather than anything else! Wore for 1.5 hours in total
Day 2
 I think the suggestion that I wear it 9-9 is daft when I get dressed at 6am and am in the office at 9 guess it would wake the masses up if I got changed in the office. Will delay getting dressed time so that I have it on when I eat my main meal about 7pm. My friends really like it and have asked to borrow it. Difficult finding something to wear the bottom and the laces seem to hang out of everything, not sure what to do about the laces as they are like a lumpy tail in my trousers, feel bizarre. Not sure if I am supposed to be deliberately limiting my eating because I am not had bacon sandwiches and chocolate cake today. Am convinced I am more hungry but I think it’s like any diet I am just thinking about it more. Wore for 7hours had to get off, stomach ache.
Day 3
Have osteopathy and a Doctors appointment so do not put on until the afternoon. Went to pick my daughter up from school with it on and was playing with the children in the park and got many a raised eyebrow from the other moms until I realised that my shirt had ridden up at the back, very embarrassing. Now even less of the school moms will talk to me than they already do and I am trying to run for school governor!! No obvious restriction, but I do keep flashing it to people and creating a lot of fun in the house, as Jane said be careful what shoes you put it on with.
Day 4
So difficult to find things to wear with it. Go to the school art fayre to help out, pleased with myself because I have finally found something to cover it up. Putting bunting up with the school headmistress holding the steps for me, and just the look on her face told me she had seen it. We had quite a girls time talking about it once I had explained but I am staring to feel that I need and explanation tag for why I am dressing very formally every where I go and what it is for if people get a flash. It would not be so bad if everyone had one, but clearly they do not! This was further compounded by the fact that later on while I was doing some painting with the kids at the art fayre it poked its little eyes from beneath my shirt again to smile at a queue of primary school children and their parents. I didn't want to be a school governor anyway but my popularity with the dads seems to be improving. Am convinced that I am starving still and starting to feel like I have an embarrassing illness.
Day 5
I am so embarrassed by flashing it everywhere yesterday that I can't bring myself to put it on but I do but can only keep it on for an hour as it is a really hot day and I want to just be able to do the housework (strange) and play with the kids. Friends are really disappointed when I go out and am not wearing it as they all want to look at it.
Day 6
Wearing it although am hot but a loose dress seem to be a good thing to keep it hidden. Think I have put it on the other way up today as it seems to be more fitted and I feel more restricted am now confused and don’t know which way is the right way, but could only manage a small lunch so I guess I either had it on upside down before or my body is upside down


Second Corset diary - input from one of the ladies (unedited) - original waist size 36":

STARTING WEIGHT  12st 4.5 lbs 
Day 1 :  It is very beautifully made and takes a few minutes to work out how to do the lacing. Get my daughter to help me. It feels comfortable round the waist but is swimming over the bust. Eating my evening meal gave me an indication of how it would; go, as I was too full to continue when only half way through. Before I take it off at bedtime I notice what a nice outline it gives. I have such a poor natural waistline it is really very attractive to see the feminine shape I could have. Worn 3 hours
Day 2 :  it must be the hottest day of the year and I am in a dress and heels. I like the restrictive feeling the corset gives because it makes you stand and sit so straight. I do not like driving whilst wearing the corset as clearly I must slouch and twist and turn my body whilst I am driving. Hopefully I will get used to it. Discover a flaw when I go to the loo, as my tights are some way under the corset and they get a bit twisted up. By lunchtime I am quite fed up with the feeling and can’t say it stops me eating my lunch.  Worn 4 hours
Day 3 Tie it up tighter this morning but feel the corset is too big, I can have it  completely laced up and take it off at the front easily. If I breathe in, it is definitely loose.  The children think its a hoot and assume I am dressing up to go out each time I put it on. Lots of jokes about being able to lead me around like a dog as there is so much lacing hanging down the back. Most of the time it feel pleasant to wear, such a pity it restricts me too much to attempt to vacuum ! Take it off to go to the gym and I feel weird without it on.  Am I eating less? Not sure as I haven’t had the same full sensation as I did on day 1.  It probably prevents me snacking as It is quite tight and I am used to eating until my clothes feel tight. Worn 8 hours
Day 4: Happier driving in it. Can’t loll on the bed and read the papers as I am used to and my dining chairs are so low that I feel my bust is up around my neck when I am dining.  I also feel fatter than I did. Probably because of the bulk of it. I wear a belt over a blouse and it feels stupid. When I take it off at night my body definitely looks smaller and my skirt is quite big . Worn 9 hours
Day 5 :Give my mum a laugh when she sees it on. She is taking some summer clothes in and we are  fitting them around the corset as I will be off to Florida in a couple of weeks. Why am I taking part in this experiment at this time of year?  Ladies in the gym are intrigued when I get my daughter to lace it tight after  my cardio workout.  Try some pasta for tea which I usually find bloating but the corset doesn’t prevent me from eating it all. Two hours later I am pleased to remove the cage. Worn 8 hours
Day 6: step on the scales : 12stone 1 !!! That’s amazing 3.5 lbs off with no real effort. Maybe there is something in it. Definitely on the snacking front.  It is strange wearing jeans though as the front dips down so much. I am going to have to hire a cleaner as I can’t bend as I am used to and cleaning seems too challenging. How did Victorian maids manage?  Worn about 8 hours
Day 7: Decide to do housework before getting dressed. Feel naughty not wearing it. Need a smaller one though as I measure my waistline and it is 34.5" and this is a 34” corset.


Third Corset diary - input from one of the ladies (unedited):

Day 2 - Oh my God how excited am I………..I managed to get my corset on all by myself today and my waist looks so slim and I have lost 2lbs…..yippee……….
Day 3 – took a day off yesterday but today woke up with a really positive attitude and guess what, I actually got my self into it without any help. I was so excited especially as I weighed myself this morning and discovered I have lost 2lbs.
I have kept it on all day today and even drove into the local village where I proceeded in showing my butcher (he was very impressed), the blacksmith who was cutting me two house keys (he was well impressed too), and the green grocer (who put in some extra potatoes after I gave him a flash). The butcher said I looked really slim and was impressed how much it accentuated my waist. Yippee I’m starting to get used to it. I have worn the corset for 10 hours today and will remove it once I have eaten my evening meal. I can’t say I haven’t noticed it but it has certainly been far more comfortable today that the first few days of wearing it.
All I can say to any new users is stick with it because it really does get easier.
Day 4 - wonder if I can keep this up, eating less but struggle every morning getting my corset on….I do think my waist looks smaller though and I have noticed I am walking more erect. I’m sure I will get use to it in due course.

Day 6 - had to take it off at 4 as my stomach is aching and it is very hot, but do feel that I have eaten less today
Day 7 - I have decide that upside down is the right way In fact I have decided that it restricts my stomach more wearing it upside because where they are designed to pull you in at the waist upside down it pulls you in at the stomach, so there!! I do think that this size is a bit big as I have it pulled in as much as possible and the right way up I have too much space so if he is sending me another maybe I could have a smaller one. My suspicions were confirmed when I found out that I have not been voted school governor, I lost out to a mom whose election case was the fact that her kids thought she was fantastic. My humiliation continues as now I am wearing it up side down it now pops out of the top instead of the bottom, but I have generally taken to showing everyone anyway to get it out of the way. Have stayed the same weight. Hate taking it off because I suddenly gain 7lbs in appearance and it is surprisingly comfortable to wear all day

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