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Apparently, some people are donning corsets between four to to 24 hours a day hoping that they'll see their waistlines shrink.
In the first piece I stumbled upon, Rebecca Harrington recounts her experience wearing a Slim Forte Doubule Power supposedly waist-shrinking corset, purchased from corset company What's a Waist, in a week-long diary published around the Cut. Her experience sounds painful and somewhat futile. For instance, on day four she tried wearing her corset to some spin class and it was so uncomfortable that they was not able to work well out, saying "The spinning class is really a disaster, but I actually persevere at least. I just go very slow and put no resistance on my small bike at all. When the instructor says, 'And now you must sprint,' I simply don't do that." Seems counterproductive, no?
In the second piece, written for Elle, writer Danielle Prescod wears a similar corset for weeks at a time without exercising. In week two she says, "I haven't changed my diet whatsoever, save for the few meals here and there which have been eliminated due to the fact which i can't fit a full meal into the corset." Um, is it just me or does that sound a tad bit unhealthy?
In week four, during a visit to David Barton Gym (which will soon be coming to Philly!), Prescod says, "15 seconds into my first exercise with Griffin, it had been painfully clear that I had no abdominal muscles. Like, zero. As he ordered me to do gyrokinetic planks, I could barely crank out three without needing a rest." As her personal trainer Griffin told her, while wearing a corset, your entire torso is supported, meaning your abs don't have to inflict work on all, which means you lose them. Again, with regards to efficient weight reduction, this whole corset thing sounds counterproductive, doesn't it?
And the icing about this bizarre trend's cake: These two stories were inspired with a selfie Kim Kardashian took at the gym, sporting a purple corset along with a super-tiny waist. Has your mind exploded yet?
After i learned that Kim Kardashian was the catalyst for both of these pieces, I thought, okay, okay, this isn't is a real thing, it's just anything Kim Kardashion-obsessed weirdos do. But then I dug a little deeper, and I found evidence on the contrary: "I wore a dual corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it." That's a quote from Jessica Alba, raving by what I have now learned is known as the Corset Diet. The Corset Diet, you guys!
The Corset Diet's website explains the way the diet works like this, "The wearer no more craves the feeling of a full stomach because the pressure from the corset literally leaves you having a contented feeling around the eating of a smaller adequate meal. The volume of food eaten throughout the day is reduced and therefore the absorption of food into the body. The corset may be put on when the cravings arrive or worn as an everyday item of underwear during the day or evening." In other words, you're too uncomfortable to consume, which means you just don't eat.
Ugh.
Then i discovered another "I Tried It" story courtesy of Daily Makeover, where the writer explained her fascination with the corset, saying it had been "a little more expensive than 2 Day Diet Lingzhi Pills shapewear like Spanx, but also a lot less expensive than, say, fitness sessions." And to that, I say: SWEAT Fitness is holding free classes all week long, people.

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