All About Waist Training: What I’m Up To Now & All You Need To Know To Do The Same
All About Waist Training: What I’m Up To Now & All You Need To Know To Do The Same
My little cutie-pies are 5 years, 1 month & 2 days old.
I was sitting here one day looking at AOL news and spotted Khloe Kardashian. Holy smokes, that woman lost some definite weight and got into fabulous shape! I remember her before only, so I had to do a couple of double takes to make sure I was looking at the right person. She looks incredible!
Now I know that she has a ton of the ‘K- clan money’, Certainly she can have (and more than likely does have) a personal trainer, and perhaps other amenities of Hollywood people, even though she’s no A-list star, there’s enough money floating around. Perhaps she is seeing a dietician, has someone who prepares her healthy meals. She isn’t an average woman in that respect. However, seeing her go from being referred to as the ‘big Karashian’ to another ‘hot bod Kardashian’ was totally inspiring to see, regardless of how it happened. It gave me the feeling of ‘hey summer is almost here, let’s get working on that bikini body of my own now.’ I’m not looking to lose a bunch of weight like she did, but the belly binding AKA waist training to further shrink down the waistline part of her massive makeover totally caught my interest.
Now of course little ‘ol me does not have all of these resources at my fingertips that she has, and I have children which makes it hard for me to get ‘me time’ to exercise on any really regular basis. Workout time is limited, however, I could do one thing that she has been doing in conjunction to her exercise and weight loss regime – waist training! Now, the Squeem gave me back my before twins belly. I am forever thankful for the garment I had here for doing that job so well and avoiding me both further lack of self-esteem due to my BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) and also painful and costly tummy tuck surgery that we couldn’t afford anyhow, but I would have saved up all of my pennies for until I got it, and I was finally happy inside of my own skin.
Then when I was thinking about this, I remembered that I had an even smaller garment here in my possession from way back when. The binder that I bought that was too small to fit me immediately postpartum, or during my recoup time, and then I just put it to the side, never looking back. I didn’t have to. I got all the way back and was more than happy with my belly and waistline. The EXTRA small Perfect Waist Squeem that I never could get closed back in the day was still floating around in my home. I barely ever even recommended that size to others over the past 5 years because of how tiny it always seemed to be. I said, ”Let’s just try it out now!” Low and behold, though very snug, I finally was able to get myself into the xs model. I was both floored AND feeling empowered.
Those hook and eyes were really put to the test that day as I buckled up and went about my daily activities. I fully expected something to ‘go’ on it, like a popped hook or eye or maybe some broken bones (not inside of myself 😆 .) BOY is the Squeem durable. It held up to this terrific and challenging test. Those steel bones are incredible. Nothing got misshapened, no movement or even the slightest apparent change of the super-strong hooks. Not a one bad thing happened. It all held together perfectly. Again, the Squeem is miraculous!
I wore it for over a week now and only for roughly 3 hours per day since I am not postpartum and my tummy is already flat, but I’m going to be building up a little more, as it is now far easier to close, and I can do so standing (YAY!) I already got down a 1/2 through nearly 3/4 of an inch more on my waistline already. It is not coming back either. I checked later in the day. The new goal for me? Shrinking down to my high school waistline. Actually, age 15 because that was when I was measured and remember that 25 in. waistline through clothes. And it wasn’t even at the smallest part, as I don’t think I even knew what natural waistline was, but I’d be fine with that. Not too long to go at all. That was before my 5 kids, and when I weighed less than now, but back then weight went to all the right places. With age that surely changes.
I don’t want to look like Scarlet O’hara with a freakishly small and odd looking waist. I just want that nice curve that all of us women want. The hourglass look. A really nice one. I again must remember that I weigh more than I did then, but I have been both smaller and much larger than I am now in life. I remember my waist being 34 inches at the smallest part, and I wasn’t even postpartum. Then I was soo small after an eating disorder. (BAD, BAD THING. Young and very dumb after being bullied, but let’s not go there right now.) I know my waistline was super small then, as was the rest of me, but I lost all of my curves and looked very sickly. Not a place I would ever wish to go back to.
I have been on both sides of the coin, and I am quite happy with the weight I am now as I am going to be 40 in September. At my age now you need a few extra lbs. for the sake of your face with the aging process. It never stays where we want it and only goes from where we don’t. Breasts, butt, face. Gone are the days where it just went from all over.. ha, ha, ha. Dare to dream. But I am totally thrilled with the waist training so far.
I wish I had a Squeem when I was at 34” to really be able to show off mega waist training along with some dramatic weight loss as well like Khloe did. It really affects the ‘wow factor’ and would be more dramatic for you to see, but just the picture of me in the small vs. the xs model on my belly binder page, regardless of my weight, is telling of the magic of the Squeem. Waist training is not the same as postpartum binding, as the overall goal is different.
Why is postpartum belly binding different than waist training?
Binding post baby is to get back to where you were before. To help fit back into your old skinny jeans and other clothing again, lose the mummy tummy pouch out in front from baby, protect and help heal your body up a csection, support lax skin and aid in faster elasticity recuperation, repair an abdominal separation (aka diastasis recti), get your old waistline back, etc. With waist training now I am trying to get down further than I was before, and it is proudly working. It’s going above and beyond with a new goal in mind – a tiny waist!
No longer am I looking to close an abdominal separation and flatten the tummy, though you can train and do that to. Not every woman who orders a binder/ waist trainer ever even had a baby. However, for me and many, postpartum binding required more time on our part because of the dramatic changes that both mine and your body had just went through. I wore it more hours per day and enjoyed concealing as I was healing. The overall goals are/ were different. You can do waist training after you are successfully done postpartum binding straight away if you want, but one is not necessary to do the other.. my point. I just decided to do it 5 years later thanks to Khloe and this growing trend among celebs in Hollywood.
So, if you are done postpartum binding or even if you never did have a baby or did ten years ago, come along and join me. You can go down several inches in a month of dedicated binding. Especially with a cotton/latex ‘intelligent technology fabric’ blend like is in the Squeem belly binder. The compression is AWESOME and it is far more comfortable than old fashioned corsets, yet proven very effective and have the additional weight loss component if desired, and the ability to wear under clothing, which you can’t do with bulging laces! Either will work, but as a busy mom on the go, I need to be comfortable. I need to be able to bend and breathe comfortably while getting results.
I bought myself the xs Miracle Vest by Squeem now on top of the Perfect Waist model that I owned from the past. I’m glad I did because people always asked me about the vest, and I could tell them what the differences were from what I learned from the company, but not 1st hand, as I only ever used the non-vest Perfect Waist model. I’m honestly in love with the vest. It improves my posture with the adjustable straps, it kills my back pain and just look at this hourglass figure. I find it more comfortable even, but maybe that is because of my back problems. Plus, no back fat. Since the XS is still very snug, the PW model bulged up a bit above it more so than the small ever did, but I was like a sausage in the thing to start. I think that will vanish soon, but again I’m not as ‘in shape’ as I once was, and as you age you do accumulate some fat in unsavory places. This Miracle Vest will hide it all, so it is no longer of any concern to me (yay!)
My damned upper thighs is what kills me most. Fat never used to settle there in such a bulging way, but it is all part of life I guess. I was able to get them to stop jiggling by using the Suzanne Summers Thigh Master gold pack. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I get so many comments and compliments from that recommendation (you are welcome!) Bring the two thigh machines from the gym home with you but take up little space and little cost. Plus, no waiting on line to use it. They work the same way, but now I am getting off the point. My apologies. I’m just a complainer :-P.
I will keep you posted on my continuing journey. Maybe I’ll shoot for another inch. Who knows? I might get addicted and wish to go further, but I honestly don’t think that TOO small of a waistline looks that attractive, especially with my larger breasts and personal frame, but know with waist training you CAN do this! (And the most comfortable garment by far to do so in… THE SQUEEM! It costs 1/2 or more than what Khloe wore, but then again, you put the Kardasian name on something, it bumps up the price 100%++. It certainly does NOT mean it is any better. I wouldn’t pop for it. I’d take one for free if they wanted me to try it out, but I know the Squeem works and that it has patented intelligent fabric technology that no other garment has and at an affordable price.) I would have paid much more to get my results from postpartum and now if I needed to, but the point is, I didn’t and don’t need to, and neither do you! Spend it on a hot new dress for date night!
All about waist training
Why is waist training making such a comeback?
Why is waist training becoming so popular again? We know in the olden days waist training was huge. Women wore very uncomfortable corsets to obtain teeny-tiny waistlines. Often creating a waist that looked too small and to me non-sexy or appealing, but that opinion is in the eye of the beholder. I’d never continue on to go THAT far, but you can choose for yourself how far to go with your own waistline. But the hourglass figure in and of itself has never gone out of style throughout the generations. It still is a sought after body-type that most women can not achieve through exercise alone. That is what makes these cinchers so important for even those with strong bodies already.
The best thing is that nowadays we have comfortable alternatives to painful lace up corsets that gradually give us that hourglass shape without going to extremes. It’s the hunt of the ideal body that makes waist training such a hit. And just like I saw Khloe K. and got the urge, I am sure celebs like her and others are part of breathing life back again into an ancient practice that goes back many, many, MANY years.
How often do I need to waist train to get my desired results?
That depends on how small you wish for your waistline to get, and also how fast you want to get there. Wearing a high compression yet comfortable garment like the Squeem is very effective. Postpartum binding is to reduce the mummy tummy bulge, in some cases to close a diastasis and also slim the waistline down. In this case you are primarily focusing on removing inches from the waist – hence the term ‘waist training’. You could wear the garment every day, but it is not necessity. It only takes a few times per week to mold your figure, but you can go more if you wish to. It won’t hurt, but with postpartum binding, you will want to wear it more so to get everything back to where it was. It’s a bit more flexible with waist training. You can still reap the benefits a few times a week. It’s a personal choice for you to make and only you.
Even thin ladies with the straight up and down body type can benefit from waist training. It doesn’t have to do with how much you ‘weigh’. It is desiring to have a certain body-type. An hourglass frame at any size!
How do I begin waist training?
Whelp, 1st you need a really good binder or corset if you choose. I have worn corsets for sexual encounters only and find them to be quite uncomfortable for anything beyond the boudoir if you know what I mean, but they are also effective. I like the binders with the cotton/ latex blend. They are much more effective than solely cotton wraps and binders, so do buy smart. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. It is certainly not a race. Baby steps. Make it comfortable, yet tight enough for good compression. You want the best of both worlds. If you end up sizing down like me because I already had two sized garments, you can do that or you can dive in head first if you wish and squeeze into a smaller size, but just be careful to not over-wear the garment should you do this.
Again, it isn’t necessary to wear it day and night to reap the rewards. You can always tighten up when you need to as you start shrinking. Squeems can be adjusted down about 3/4- a full size on the latter rows of adjusters while remaining looking incredible under clothing (one of the great features.) So if you want one for more extended wear and will be wearing it under clothing, then definitely don’t go with a corset. And start out slow and tighten and elongate your time in the garment as you go along.
Can’t I just exercise and get my waistline down that way?
You certainly could try, but I found out for myself, that before my twins when I actually did work out quite regularly for the 1st time in my adult life that my waistline got to a certain point and never got the full hourglass, Jessica Rabbit look.
Some people have a naturally slim waist, some don’t. No amount of exercise is going to be able to trim down the actual waistline measurement the way that binding or corseting will do. In fact, sometimes becoming too buff in the mid-section actually widens the waist because of the strong core muscles. This is a way to have both if you choose to exercise ALONG with waist training. But I noticed when my abs were at their best my waistline measurement was more than it is right now without any heavy ab work and tons of exercise. Just saying.. Waist training will definitely be most effective for this particular area of your body than exercise ever can, but do exercise along with it, and you can help aid in weight loss and waist shaping buy increasing perspiration in that area with the latex blend models anyhow.
When will I start seeing results?
Just like everything else it is different for everybody, but you WILL see them. Some people naturally slim down more quickly than others, just like some people lose weight easier than others do, however, no matter your body size, whether you are size xs or xxxl you WILL reap the rewards of this process. Dedicated waist training will never leave you unhappy in the end no matter if you are a size 2 or size 22. It may have something to do with the flexibility of the core muscles themselves. Some have more flexible muscles than do others, however, this has zero to do with actual core strength. In fact softer muscles are more pliable. But no matter who you are you will see results. Don’t compare yourself to anybody else, just stick with it, and you will not be left disappointed.
PS- At first you will notice, just like postpartum binding, that after you take off the garment you start slowly going back to normal. This is perfectly normal. My belly bulge used to pop back out when I was slimming down post twins, and then as I kept on wearing my garment, I started popping back out less and less until I finally stopped popping out and achieved my permanent results. The same here. I will keep mine around in case I ever again need it, however, just like after baby binding, the results DO become permanent over time, but I do always suggest hanging onto the garment. We all have our bloated, feeling fat days of the month, and should you get pregnant either again or in general, you would want it around to both postpartum bind AND waist train again.
What is the difference between average, typical shapewear like Spanx and these binding garments?
Spanx garments (and like brands) are designed to simply cover up figure flaws for a certain period of time, not help to fix them. They are made to make you look good under clothing and are not as highly compressive as these other garments in the abdominal area. People put them on simply to go out and come home and take them off. They aren’t targeted garments for wearing long-term and aren’t compressive enough to yield any permanent results, despite that millions of women wear them and love them for their intended purpose, there are differences.
Many shapewear companies have followed the trend and have now created higher compression garments intended for waist training. Some of these garments are still great under clothing, however, they are meant for more extended wear instead of for an dinner date and feature much more targeted compression of the waistline area only. They are not made to slim thighs and lift hineys, etc. They come in waist and vest models only, and are used for long-term results. I call the Squeem a garment that ‘conceals at it heals’ in the case of postpartum women, but it rings true for waist training as well.
Is waist training safe or not?
OMG.. this is an EXTREME! Don’t aim for this goal please. This is just plain scary!
Cathie Jung – 15 in. waist world record holder. I don’t believe this is safe, no. Read on.
With the availability of the newer types of high-compression shapewear garments vs. the old Victorian-style corsets where women aimed for a 19 inch waist vs. the realistic look that women are looking for nowadays. Not a waist that can’t be seen. There has been no evidence linking this type of waist training to any dangers. There has been no proof of it, despite any claims some might be making. The evidence of harm is not at all there and I would personally never risk my own health for a tinier waistline so I trust in the safety of these particular high compression binders. I think those old ones are a different story and I personally would never wear those and go so far as they did. Plus the latex blend models are most effective. They didn’t have a choice way back when.
Wearing this fabric on the midsection will cause thermal activity and increase perspiration,” Ruben Soto told International Business Times. “This effect can be compared to sauna suits used by athletes for weight cutting; however, it’s done to a smaller degree with waist trainers.” ”It’s a fast and easy process.”
If say you have any real trouble taking in breaths, have any sharp pain in the abdomen or any numbness in the legs then discontinue use please. But I first squeezed into that XS and it was quite tight for those 1st few days, and I did not have any of those problems, so I can’t imagine how tight it would have to be. TOO tight in my opinion, and TONS of women are doing this with nothing but positive results and stories. I have seen mind blowing pictures, and I am starting to blow my own mind after 5 kids including twins. I think it is your decision whether to waist train or not, but heed this advice and you will be both safe AND shapely.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that helped answer some questions about waist training.
Best of luck to you all & happy slimming!