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  • My Corseting Goal: an Hourglass Figure and a 27-inch Waistline

    Before & After Corset Waist Training Journey

    KathTea is a full-time model who wanted to achieve a more tapered figure, but she admitted that's it hard to accomplish with exercise alone. "100 crunches can't achieve" a hourglass silhouette on its own, she told us, which is why she decided to try waist training with a steel-boned corset.

    KathTea preferred a corset over a latex waist trainer because wanted the maximum strength of the steel boning inside. After wearing her corset for up to 12 hours a day, combined with healthy eating and regular exercise, she's seeing the results of her efforts—and her friends have noticed too. KathTea's goal is to drop from a 29-inch waist to 27 inches. Here's what she had to say about her routine:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a full-time model, part-time photographer and I write as a hobby. Most of my modelling and photography is on Patreon while my written work is on Mookychick.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I started with a 29” waist for most of my adult life. At one point I achieved 26” but could not maintain that result. Now I wanted to try and train again towards a more realistic goal of 27”. I always wanted a tapered waist since my natural ribcage is extremely boxy.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Purple and Black Silk Underbust Corset because I prefer the strength of steel and cotton over a warmer, stretchier cincher.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I tried it on in my home studio and enjoyed how it improved my posture. It's very sturdy yet very beautiful and I could see myself using it often.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my corset post-workout to shape my sore muscles. I also waist trained as I slept at night. That's probably about 8 to 12 hours of lacing a day.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    A lot of budget garments aren't as comfortable or lasting as this one, therefore I would say it met my goals.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I was using the 8fit workout plan for exercises and MyPlate to count calories. I am also a part-time personal trainer, so I often researched new routines. In addition to that, I cut unhealthy fats and started taking supplements.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    A regular muscle-building routine isn't able to reshape the ribs, while building strength in the core is essential, losing fat in the midsection doesn't change the silhouette even. A corset assists with carving out an hourglass figure, something 100 crunches can't achieve.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    Initially, I started to see that I was less likely to slouch when cinched. Later on, I saw that after corseting, any kind of high-waisted undies appeared to hug my waist much more tightly.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes! I had friends say that I look slimmer and that my figure looked particularly more hourglass.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    Corsets are great as long as you get the right size and figure out a routine that works for you. If you are chomping down pizzas and drinking soda while you train, you will NOT see results. Good food and exercise is important; corsets just supplement your routine.

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  • Interview: Busy Mom Uses Waist Training to Define Her Curves

    Victoria's Waist Training Transformation

    Victoria is a busy parent who balances motherhood with a rewarding career in the medical field. But her busy schedule hasn't left her much time to focus on fitness. After having children, Victoria gained excess weight in her stomach, thighs, and arms. She tried various "crash diets" and got a new gym membership, but she struggled to get her old figure back.

     That's when she decided to give waist training a shot. With a new waist training vest from Hourglass Angel, Victoria was able to get an instant glimpse of her slimmer waistline. This motivated her to commit to a regular workout routine. And, by wearing the waist trainer while she works out, she's maximizing her results. We recently caught up with Victoria to see how she did it. Here's what she said:

     

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m a mother and I spend a lot of time outside of working with my children. My passion has always been helping people, so being in the medical field allows me to do that. In my spare time, I’m with my children or husband. I also love gardening and I spend a lot of my free time making my backyard look beautiful and relaxing.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    Having children changed my body and I really wanted to try other methods that’ll help me shape my problem areas naturally. I heard about waist training through a few close people and wanted to give it a try.

      1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Hourglass Angel Zipper Vest size XL. This was my first time waist training, so I went ahead and choose the best waist trainer my eyes saw fit.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I was in the bathroom putting my waist trainer on for the first time and it was tough. I wasn’t used to using it and I struggled attaching it and zipping it up. It took me a few weeks of using it to get used to wearing it. When I first put it on, I loved it! My stomach was more defined and putting my shirts on was an immediate difference in my shape, and not to mention a flatter stomach.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my waist trainer while I was at work and removed it once I got home. I worked out with the waist trainer as well. At first, I wore it during work, but I got used to wearing it and wore it afterwards with workouts and outings. Getting used to wearing it, I start wearing it more with time.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    Knowing already what waist trainers do and the results I’ve seen, I was expecting great results and my waist trainer delivered. Wearing it shaped my stomach more than my regular routine just at the gym. I would feel a difference with my workouts, but didn’t see a huge difference in my shape. Wearing my waist trainer defined the curves I already had, so I definitely will continue to wear it with the following months.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I’m active daily throughout work, gardening at home, and going out with my family, so I don’t have too much down time. I was going to the gym as much as I could on my free time, but otherwise, I was doing workout videos at home, especially sit ups, because I wanted to see more definition in my stomach area. I ate a lot of fish, vegetables and drank a lot of water.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    Having children added a lot of weight in my stomach, thighs, and arms. I’ve tried a lot of crash diets that were hard to stick with and didn’t produce any results. I signed up for a gym, but with my schedule it was harder to go on a frequent basis. Having my waist trainer motivated me to work out, so I could see results. I was simply doing videos in my home and still noticed a difference versus spending hundreds of dollars in gym memberships.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results two months into waist training. The sides of my stomach were more defined, and I could see an hourglass figure coming in, so that made me want to train more. I’m hoping with the passing months, that hourglass shape I’m starting to see will be my reality.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My daughter would tell me how fit I was looking and asked what was I doing new. Little did everyone know, I added waist training into my routine. My clothing options are still the same, so it’s harder for people to really see a difference in my shape. I feel the more months I train, the more comfortable I’ll be in trying new clothing options.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    Try it out, stay motivated, and get ready to see results!

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  • Waist Training Journey: From Baggy Clothes to Compliments in Just Weeks

    Keshia's Waist Training Journey

    Keshia is a full-time student working toward her degree in Political Science. She'd heard about waist training a long time ago, but she was hesitant to try it, believing the garments were intended more for the slim celebrities she saw promoting them. But when Keshia saw more plus-size women experiencing results, she decided to give it a try.

    Keshia admits that her trouble areas are her belly and thighs, where she tends to gain weight. By combining a waist training routine with regular workouts, she started noticing a difference in how her clothes fit in just three weeks—and even her friends started noticed. Beyond the slimming, Keshia gained the confidence to wear more flattering clothes, and people around her started complimenting how "glowing and vibrant" she looked. Here's how she did it:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m currently attending college, majoring in political science. I’m hoping within the next year, I’ll be done with my Bachelor's and pursuing my Master's. I’m hoping one day to start my own radio station. In my spare time, I love volunteering at the local animal shelters around my home. I have two dogs, Pablo and Diego, so volunteering is very special to me, and my dogs love it as well when I can bring them along.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I heard a lot about waist training via social media, but I was hesitant to try it, because a lot of the women I saw waist training, or advertising it, were already slim. Having more plus-size women come out with results really motivated me to try it. My trouble area has always been my stomach and thigh areas, which is where my weight tends to go. I wanted to waist train to see if I can get results in my stomach area, so I can feel more comfortable in my skin as well as my clothes.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Hourglass Angel Latex Waist Trainer Vest size 3XL. This was my first time waist training, so I had no idea of the perfect waist trainer to use. just picked what I thought would work based off the overall look. I figured a vest waist trainer would give me more results.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    This was my first time waist training, so I had no idea what to expect. Just seeing the waist trainer vest without putting it on, I was worried. All I thought about was, “Will I be able to breathe?” My first time putting it on was difficult, but luckily, I had help to fasten the vest for me. After a week, I was able to put on the vest myself and fasten it with no trouble. It was all about getting use to wearing it.

    1. What was your waist training routine? 

    At first, I wore my waist trainer during workouts, because I wasn’t used to wearing it and I wanted to see how it would feel wearing it for a period of time. After a few weeks, I started wearing it not just for workouts, but while I was at work and school, so I was wearing the waist trainer for 9+ hours each day. Wearing my waist trainer was definitely something to get used to, so I figured the more I wear it, the more results I’ll see and comfortable I’ll get wearing it.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    I saw a lot of before-and-after pictures regarding waist trainers, so I was very hopeful. I was expecting extra sweat here and there, but I sweated a lot throughout my stomach and back area, even when I wasn’t working out. I wasn’t expecting to see results on my back area, but I noticed I was getting results on my back area as well as my stomach, so I was very happy about that.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I will admit, I exercised four times a week during my first month. My diet consisted of a lot of fish, chicken, and vegetables. Approaching the holidays, it was hard to stick to healthy eating. Yes, I worked out, but with the food and drinks I was consuming, I was cheating myself out of faster results. Even while I wasn’t making some of the best choices in food, I still was seeing results wearing my trainer. I made sure I was drinking a lot of water as well. Before I started waist training, I was drinking about half a gallon of water a day, but while I was training, I was drinking a gallon or more daily.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    I’ve struggled with weight loss for a few years. After a leg surgery, I was on bed rest a lot, so being limited in moving around caused a lot of laying around, sleeping and eating that put a lot of weight on me. After physical therapy, I purchased plenty of diet programs, shakes, etc. and saw little to no results. Having a waist trainer made me feel more excited about my workouts, because I sweated a lot and after each week I was excited to measure my waist and see the difference with each passing week.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I noticed results in a little over three weeks. I felt a difference in how I felt in wearing my shirts. While my shirts felt baggy on me, I still was waiting to see the results I felt. A month into wearing my waist trainer, I noticed the area under my breasts started to decrease. I also saw results on the sides of my upper stomach area after a month, which has been hard for me to lose even with certain workouts. Using the waist trainer definitely made results and definition come faster versus doing my regular routine without it.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My close friends noticed a difference because of my clothes. Before I started waist training, I would wear baggy clothes, because I wasn’t accepting of my body. Two months into wearing my waist trainer, I was wearing clothes of my size and wasn’t looking to hide. I get a lot of compliments of how vibrant and glowing I am, and it felt good when I was able to see what everyone was complimenting me on.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    To anyone that hasn’t tried waist training, I recommend you give it a chance. There’s women of all sizes waist training and seeing results, so there’s no need to be discouraged. My only advice is: go in motivated, remain focused, and use your weight loss goal to motivate you each day.

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  • Waist Training and Weight Loss: Everything You Need to Know

    How to Lose Weight while using a Waist Trainer

    It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and many people have health and fitness on  the brain. One common question we get is whether you can effectively use waist training with weight loss goals.

    The short answer is: yes! We highly recommend using a waist training plan as a part of your fitness and weight loss journey. However, we can’t stress enough that waist training is not a magic bullet for weight loss (there is no such thing!). It’s just one piece of the puzzle if you want to slim down and tone up. If you just slap on a waist trainer and expect to lose weight without incorporating it into a healthy lifestyle routine, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

    But if you use a waist trainer strategically? You’ll be wowed with the results—just check out these before and after stories!

    If you’re serious about your health and fitness and you want to start waist training (no matter what time of year it is), here’s everything you need to know about getting the best results.

    Waist Training: How it Works

    In order to effectively use waist training to supplement a weight loss plan, it helps to understand how it works. When you wear a waist trainer, it stimulates thermal activity in your core and causes you to sweat around your midsection. This is especially noticeable—and beneficial—during workouts.

    • More sweat means your body is working harder and you’re getting a more effective workout.
    • That’s why many beginners start with a workout band in order to get a feel for how waist training works.

    But it doesn’t just stop there.

    While wearing waist trainer that fits well, you’ll notice an instant drop in your waist size, typically about 1–3 inches. With those kinds of results, you may want to take your waist training beyond the gym.

    • Women who wear waist trainers daily for eight or more hours get the instant results of a slimmer waistline and flat tummy all day long.
    • While wearing a waist trainer, your clothes can fit better, you may have better posture, and you may experience a boost in confidence and positive perception about your body.
    • This can provide a tremendous amount of motivation to help you stick to your weight loss goals and the associated lifestyle habits that go with it.

    What kinds of results you can expect from waist training largely depend on multiple factors including what type of waist trainer you use, how dedicated you are to wearing it, your weight loss goals, your lifestyle and even your body type and genetics.

    Someone who wears a waist trainer all day every day, has a lot of weight she wants to lose, and makes a significant shift in her lifestyle will see very different results from someone who may have less weight to lose and just wants to enhance her workouts. Both may effectively use waist training for weight loss goals, but their journeys will look very different.

    How and Why To Start a Waist Training Regimen

    One of the key factors in order for waist training to be an effective part of your weight loss or waist-slimming journey is having a consistent plan. In order to see noticeable results from waist training—aside from the instant effect you’ll get from putting a waist trainer on—you need to be waist training daily.

    While you might be inspired to jump right in and start wearing a waist trainer 24/7, it doesn’t quite work that way. Like a new pair of shoes, new waist trainers need to be broken in. And if you’ve never worn one before, it takes time for your body to adjust to the way it feels.

    • You’ll want to start out wearing a new waist trainer for only about an hour or so the first time you put it on.
    • Make sure that it fits correctly—it should slim your waistline instantly and create a flattering look for your figure.
    • While it should be snug and might be a challenge to put it on for the first time, it shouldn’t be an ordeal.
    • If you can’t pull the clasps shut, your garment is too small (check out these tips for trying on your waist trainer).

    Once you get a feel for it, slowly increase the amount of time you wear your waist trainer each day by about 30 minutes to an hour.  A great way to get started is to wear a waist trainer whenever you work out. Not only will you sweat harder during your workouts, but you’ll also love the way you look whenever you hit the gym—a great motivator.

    Once you’re wearing a waist trainer for longer periods, you might find it helpful to break it up into a couple of shorter sessions per day (i.e. two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon). From time to time you might want to take a break for a day, but don’t stop for longer than that so you don’t lose momentum!

    If you follow this plan and scale up your waist training daily, you should be able to comfortably wear a waist trainer all day every day after a couple of weeks.

    What kind of progress can you expect?

    It varies. We recommend taking waist measurements as well as pictures weekly so that you can track your progress.

    Note that if you want to wear a waist trainer daily, we suggest having two that you rotate through your wardrobe. This ensures that you will always have a fresh one to wear that is designed for the activity you’re doing.

    • For example, workout bands are designed to withstand vigorous movement, and we don’t recommend that you wear one all day.
    • Everyday waist trainers, on the other hand, are ideal for wearing at the office or dressing up, but usually aren’t designed to withstand repeated hard workouts.
    • If you’re serious about following a waist training regimen, be sure you have at least one of each.

    Some people also prefer using a steel-boned corset for optimal waist training results. Instead of providing compression with latex, these garments use steel boning and a lace-up back to provide a custom fit each time you wear them. Because of the design, a steel-boned corset can last longer than a latex waist trainer if properly cared for. Use this style to step up your daily waist training regimen, particularly if you’re experienced and want to experience precision slimming. Check out this guide to learn more about steel-boned corsets.

    Nutrition Tips to Maximize Weight Loss While Waist Training

    As we’ve said, waist training is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to weight loss. It’s essential that you also follow a sensible diet while waist training.

    In general, our advice is simple:

    • Drink lots of water
    • Stick to whole foods
    • Avoid processed foods and sugars

    Portion control is also important for weight loss, but it’s easier to implement if you’ve got a great meal plan each week with lots of delicious, nutritious food you’re excited about eating. You’re not as likely to go overboard eating too many fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and plant-based fats as you are with refined foods.

    A waist trainer does have a little side benefit in that it can help you with portion control by making you feel full sooner while wearing it. We don’t recommend depending on your waist trainer entirely for this purpose (after all no one’s stopping you from eating when you take it off), but it can help you be more mindful about what you’re eating throughout the day.

    Want some more tips about how to eat healthy while waist training, especially if you want to lose weight? Check out The Hungry Girls Weight Loss Rules.

    Exercise Tips

    Finally, to experience optimal weight loss while waist training, exercise is pretty much a no-brainer. But what type of exercise you do can make a big difference with your results.

    We recommend following a workout plan that incorporates a variety of exercises including strength training, cardio of varying intensity and stretching. You should aim for at least 4–5 days a week of workouts that are challenging and fun. Don’t forget to pack your waist trainer!

    In particular we like to emphasize strength straining and high-intensity interval training as the most effective ways to stimulate weight loss and improve your metabolism. And don’t worry, unless you’re intentionally training to build mass, women’s bodies will not naturally “bulk up” with a regular routine of these types of exercises. Instead, you’ll efficiently burn fat and tone up.

    Need inspiration for waist trainer workouts? Check out these simple, quick and effective fat-torching cardio workouts.

    We hope these tips clear up some of the confusion about waist training for weight loss. When you consistently follow a waist training plan in conjunction with smart nutrition and exercise habits, there's no limit to how high you can set your goals!

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  • Best of 2017: How Our Top-Rated Products Helped Thousands of Women Shine and Slay with Confidence

    The highest rated waist trainers

    Here at Hourglass Angel, we’re proud to have a carefully curated selection of waist trainers, shapewear and accessories that make you love the way you look and feel. We’ve seen thousands of women transform their figures, shine with confidence and slay their body image insecurities.

    As 2017 comes to a close, we're excited to share our customers’ top picks for the year. So with no further ado, here are our top ten body-sculpting products!

    1. Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel

    We’re thrilled to see this recent addition to our collection of accessories top the list. This special formulated gel pairs perfectly with any waist trainer and will tighten, tone and smooth your skin.

    Customer Suzy N. says, “Bought this and [was] kinda skeptical but the result is amazing! I used to buy similar gel that I used with waist training and cost me $60 bucks! This gel is way more affordable and works the same! Buying more soon!”

    1. Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel HA102

    We introduced this workout waist trainer this past year with the curvy woman in mind. Many plus-size women wanted more options for waist training, and so we had this garment specially designed! It uses a unique combination of flexible steel boning and high-compression latex to produce maximum results.

    Michaela G. says, “This is by far the BEST waist trainer I have used. I usually wear corsets, but I found Hourglass Angel, and I am HOOKED! (No pun intended!) This trainer is SO comfortable.. you really look forward to putting it on. And the best part— it is invisible under clothing! During all of my daily activities, I am smiling, just knowing that my waist training goals are speedily being met.”

    1. Faja Reductora 3-Hook Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2023

    One of the waist trainer features that more women are loving this year are three rows of hook-and-eye closures. This allows you to use the same waist trainer even when you size down dramatically. And of course, the Ann Chery brand sets the standard for quality and results.

    Celeste E. says the best thing it has given her is confidence: “Amazing!! Yes it does help with slimming the waist and giving it the hourglass appearance. However to be honest the best thing I like about it is that it corrects my posture. I stand and sit taller, making me look taller and leaner and giving a bit of confidence boost. Remember no matter the size confidence is the sexiest feature a woman can have! Love it.”

    1. Cheap Waist Trainer by Pure Shapes PS012

    You don’t have to break the bank to get started with waist training, and that’s why we recently introduced this budget-friendly waist trainer. But just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean it doesn’t work! This is a great option for beginners and provides instant results.

    Customer Inehita N. was hooked: “This waist trainer really exceeded my expectations. It has already been two weeks and I've lost about 1-2 inches off my waist. Comfortable, true to size, and will definitely be ordering another one soon!”

    1. Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest 2027

    This everyday vest-style waist trainer is a customer favorite because of its power and versatility. The underbust design with shoulder straps provides maximum coverage and support for your bust and back, all while delivering the powerful waist compression that you can expect from Ann Chery.

    Alexandria K. says, “It looks AMAZING! I have never gotten this kind of shape out of any shaper I've ever owned! While not invisible under tight clothes, the front close is also MUCH less bumpy than other cinchers/shapers. I can't get enough of the hourglass I get in this!”

    1. Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia

    Amia is one of our signature brands and is known for its innovative approach to design and an unwavering attention to quality. This workout waist trainer will maximize your sweat and enhance your workout. And it provides instant slimming of 1-3 inches.

    Many customers are raving about this product. Shelby H. says, “I had a hard time deciding which trainer to buy I'm glad I decided on this one! I'm 5'0 tall and this is perfect for my short torso. I wear it while exercising and to work during my 12 hour shifts. I can tell a huge difference in my posture and definitely increases sweating to my core. Currently getting ready to order a smaller size!”

    1. Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery 2025

    Get instant slimming and lifting in this powerful waist trainer that you can wear every day. This is the garment you want to rotate through your wardrobe along with your favorite workout band. It’s designed to wear under your clothes so you’ll feel comfortable and confident on any occasion. It’s no surprise that this has been a top seller for five years in a row!

    Angela V. says, “I'm seriously in love with this waist trainer. It hugs me in all the right spots and fits so well.”

    1. Clasica Black Latex Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2021

    This newer style from Ann Chery was also a big hit this past year, as three rows of hooks are becoming more popular. Customers love its slimming power and fast results.

    Linda C. says, “I am so obsessed I wish I knew about this a long time ago. I wear it to work for 8 hours and don't even know it's there. So far I've got tons of compliment from my co-workers, friends and family. My jeans and work pants use to be tight on me now they are so loose.”

    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102

    This waist trainer has been a top-seller for five consecutive years because it gets results! Its classic waist-slimming design produces instant results as well as quality you can rely on every day.

    Kristine is one of many people who are thrilled with their results: “I just had a baby 4 months ago and this wrap has helped my confidence so much! I just started using it a week and a half ago and I already notice the difference! I love it.”

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    And of course, it’s no surprise that this renowned workout band from Ann Chery tops the list again for the fifth year in a row. Many women have used this powerful slimming garment as a must-have workout companion because of its unbeatable results.

    Check out Amanda H.’s story: “Though I was in very good shape I could never get rid of some problematic areas. I even had a surgeon say the only way was through lipo! Within two weeks my stubborn areas on my back and flanks were gone and everything was very toned (I don't lift weights, just running). It keeps my posture straight and controls my breathing when running. I've found I can go much harder with my workouts, though it does take a week or two to get used to. If I don't wear it during my workouts now I feel completely off. I swear by this product it's a must have!!”

    That’s a wrap for 2017! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Be sure to capture your own transformation and share with us! #bethehourglass

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  • Top 5 Waist Trainers Ranked by Compression Level

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    When you shop for a waist trainer, one of the questions you might have is: which one is the best?

    There are many factors that contribute to what makes a waist trainer effective, including your personal goals, preferences and dedication to wearing it. When it comes to dramatic slimming results, you’ll want to choose a waist trainer based on its compression level.

    Not all waist trainers are constructed in the same way, which is why we thought it would be helpful to provide some examples of waist trainers ranked at different levels of compression.

    Which one is best for you? Those with less compression may be better for beginners or occasional waist training and may provide more versatility and flexibility. High compression waist trainers will slim more dramatically during use and may provide you with the precision results you want, particularly if you’re more experienced and dedicated to an everyday waist training regimen.

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Latex Workout Band Curve Creator by Hourglass Angel HA101

    This is an easy-to-use waist trainer designed for women on the go. Its unique velcro closure design creates a custom compression level. This makes it ideal for workouts because it allows you the freedom to choose a compression level that allows for flexibility during vigorous movement, without sacrificing the effectiveness of a quality waist trainer. Using steel boning to reinforce firm compression, you’ll still experience a firm hold and stimulation in your core every time you put it on.

    You might prefer this style of workout band if you need a quick and easy way to get into your workout gear but still want big results. Simply pull it together and go! Another benefit of the velcro closure is that it sizes down with you as you slim your waistline over time. No need to worry about it being too big, because it’s always going to fit at the exact size you want it to.

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    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102 and Squeem Waist Cincher 26PW

    These two waist trainers are designed for everyday use and provide firm compression using a latex core and hook-and-eye closures. These are the styles you want to try when introducing a new waist training regimen. You’ll want to start with just an hour or two a day when you’re getting used to it, and then slowly extend the amount of time each day. After a few weeks you should feel comfortable wearing them for at least eight hours a day.

    The Amia Classic Waist Cincher immediately slims your waist by 1-4 inches. It’s ideal for use at the office, in formal attire or at home. The firm compression will stimulate thermal activity in your core and help you perspire around your midsection, while the cotton lining will keep you cool and comfortable all day. The Squeem Waist Cincher provides similar results but is an ideal choice for curvier women as it comes in sizes up to 5XL. Both waist trainers provide unbeatable smoothing for the whole midsection and perform well for special occasions.

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    1. Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel HA102 and Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia A102

    When you want to take your workouts up a notch and optimize your waist trainer results, these high compression workout bands will get the job done. These are designed exclusively for workouts and will withstand rigorous movement and sweat. We recommend rotating a workout band through your wardrobe along with your everyday waist trainer. That way you will always have a fresh and clean waist trainer to wear, and you’ll be getting the most out of each garment.

    The Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel is aptly named! It will produce results instantly of 1-4 inches, while helping you sweat harder during exercise and giving you a more effective workout. This style is made in sizes up to 5XL, so curvy women can get their workout on and feel phenomenal while doing it. The Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia is a very similar style that comes in sizes XXS-3XL. Both styles come in various colors and use two rows of hook-and-eye closures, making them easy to tighten when you’re ready to size down.

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    This workout band is one of our most popular sellers and for good reason: it gets results! The difference that the Ann Chery band provides is its precision fit and targeted compression through the whole midsection. If you don’t take proper measurements, you may find that it runs a bit small. But when it does fit correctly, you get the wow-factor with your results: a firm hold and up to four inches of slimming around the waistline.

    The high compression in this waist trainer makes it ideal as a workout band rather than an all-day garment. But combine it with an everyday waist trainer and you’ll be blown away by the results.

    If you like the precision fit and maximum compression of the Ann Chery brand, you may prefer it as an everyday waist trainer. Check out the Clasica Black 3 Hook Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2021 or the Ann Chery Latex Waist Trainer Vest 2027. The three-hook style will give you more room for sizing down if you hope to have dramatic results, and the vest style provides more support and coverage for your whole back.

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Nude Sand Underbust Corset TUB-210

    If you want to take your waist training experience to the next level and get even more precise results, you’re going to want to try a steel-boned corset. This style laces up in the back, which helps you to tighten it to the firmest compression level possible. Steel boning keeps the garment in place, and it will last longer than latex. If you’re experienced with waist training and you want to invest in a garment that you can keep for a long time, this is the direction you want to go.

    We hope that provides insight into the different compression levels of waist trainers and what they can do for you!

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  • 11 Women Who Slimmed Their Waists (and the Secrets They All Share)

    Waist Training Results

    One of the things we love about helping women is seeing their transformations. Over the past couple of years some of the waist training customers we have worked with have agreed to track their stories and share their progress. If you haven’t seen them, we highly recommend that you check out their before and after transformations! It’s inspiring to see women of different shapes and sizes finding success in losing inches, flattening their tummies and toning up.

    At a glance it might look like these women have little in common other than waist training. But if you look a little closer at their stories, you can see some repeating trends. These commonalities are the key to what makes a successful waist training experience.

    So if you want to make the most of your own waist training experience and get the best results, be sure to follow their example!

    They Researched Their Waist Training Options 

    Not all waist trainers are made alike. Some are constructed for workouts; some are for everyday use. There are corsets and there are cinchers; there are vest styles and even a variety of colors and lengths to choose from! Which waist trainer is best for you depends on multiple factors including your size and shape, personal goals and even fabric preferences.

    When asked, the women we interviewed were all able to explain clearly why they chose the waist trainers they did and what they liked about them. They did their homework and found the best options based on their needs.

    If you’re considering waist training, we highly recommend doing your own homework. A good place to start is our blog; also be sure to check out the reviews on the products you are looking at. If you have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking for but need some more personal guidance, our expert stylists are here to help.

    They Tried Different Styles

    You may notice that several of the women tried more than one waist trainer. For example, Gina is a model who started out with a latex cincher for her workouts and saw great results. But she wanted to take her results a step further and decided to also start using a steel-boned corset. As a result, she experienced a noticeable boost in her posture, the tone of her midsection and her overall confidence.

    Denice is another example of someone who got hooked with a popular workout cincher and has since tried several different waist trainers so that she would have multiple options to work with in her wardrobe. Another reason she needed some new ones is because she sized down out of her first ones! That’s a goal we hope everyone can experience success in.

    They Took Action Based on Their Goals

    Most people have health, fitness and weight-loss goals and dreams. But when it comes down to it, many of us struggle with following through.

    Several of the women we interviewed struggled with their weight and fitness prior to waist training. In particular, several of them had trouble losing weight following pregnancy. But what set them apart from many of us was their determination to try something different and then follow through with it! In other words, they didn’t let past defeats define their current actions. They made a choice to change and it paid off.

    We love what Lillian had to say following her decision to try waist training: “If I can achieve the results I did, then I believe everyone can. I am so much more confident now and for the first time in my life, I love my body. Everyone deserves to feel that way, and if waist training helped me find that in myself, then I recommend others try it as well. My posture is improved, my clothes fit and look better, and I walk with my head held higher.”

    They Followed a Plan

    There’s a bit of a misconception out there that if you just put a waist trainer on whenever you feel like it, you’ll magically get fast results. You might be tempted to think this when you see celebrities posting their teeny-tiny waists on Instagram, but know that they worked hard to achieve that look! And so did the women who showcased their before-and-after transformations.

    It is best to do it daily. It takes discipline, but most of the women we interviewed said that it got easier after about the first week. Once you experience the way a waist trainer can make you feel, it’s easy to feel motivated to want to wear it for the eight or more hours a day we recommend.

    For example, Desire was brand new to waist training. She started with a workout waist trainer for short periods every day. Then, once she saw the effectiveness, she decided to give all-day waist training a try. So wherever you’re at, you can start with what you’re most comfortable and build from there. The most important thing is to get a plan and stick with it.

    They Understood the Importance of Healthy Lifestyle

    Everyone who saw results with waist training was also making efforts to eat clean and exercise. Some women like Ana were already in the habit of daily exercise, so waist training provided the extra boost they needed to get the results they wanted. For other women, like Jessica, waist training helped provide them the motivation they needed to improve their lifestyle habits. Since wearing a waist training immediately makes you look slimmer, you can visualize your goal. This can be an effective motivator; not only will you want to stick with daily waist training, but you’ll be inspired to kick up your diet and exercise habits to the next level as well. As Suzie put it, “These garments have given me so much encouragement! I feel great every day and they gave me the confidence to pursue my fitness goals further! I am now looking into signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.”

    The point is, not a single one of these women ignored the lifestyle factor when it came to slimming their waistlines. Waist training is just one piece of the puzzle.

    They Inspired Others

    One of the questions we asked everyone was whether other people noticed their waist training result, and they were all unified in their answer: yes! Siblings, spouses, coworkers and friends all noticed their transformations, and some even decided to try waist training themselves.

    Denice, who was struggling to slim down after having babies, shared, “My husband has noticed my results and he loves them. He actually said ‘I didn’t think that waist training thing was going to work, but you look amazing!’ My mommy friends and sisters-in-law always ask what I’ve been doing. As a matter of fact one of my in-laws asked if I got lipo! I laughed and lifted my shirt to show my ‘mommy pouch’ and told her it’s my waist training routine!”

    We believe it’s not a coincidence; part of what makes waist training effective is precisely that it does inspire other people! When the people in your life start seeing your changes, it can be a huge boost to your confidence and motivate you to keep it up. Not to mention, when multiple people you know are doing it, you can effectively be each other’s cheerleaders and stick with it together.

    They Didn’t Give Up

    Most of the women reported that it was a bit of a struggle getting started, as it takes some time to get used to the way a waist trainer feels. Some of them also weren’t following the best diet and exercise patterns at the time they started. But wherever they were starting from, each of them stuck with it. They wore their waist trainers daily and tracked their progress. They grew increasingly motivated as they got into the habit, increased their confidence and saw their results.

    What These Women Didn’t Have in Common

    It’s also worth noting that there are several things that these women didn’t have in common. They didn’t all use the same garment. They weren’t the same age or ethnicity. They covered a wide range of sizes and natural body type. They weren’t in the same life circumstances; some worked full time, some had kids, and one was even in the military!

    It goes to show that anyone can be successful with waist training.

    If you want to try it out, we hope that you are inspired by these examples and follow them so that you can experience your own personal transformation. But don’t take our word for it. When asked “What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?”, here’s what they had to say:

    “I would absolutely suggest they try it! Keep hydrated, work out, and eat right and you will definitely see results!”
    -Yuliza

    “I would say that they should definitely try it! And find the right garment for them, because that is so important.”
    -Ruby

    “I always tell my friends and family to go for it. Waist training really works if you do it the right way.”
    -Malaja

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  • SOLVED: 6 Most Common Shapewear Problems

    Shapewear Problems Solved

    Is shapewear a part of your wardrobe? If not, you may want to ask yourself why. Celebrities and everyday women alike of every shape, size and background use it daily! Everyone deserves to look and feel their best, so what’s holding you back?

    Unfortunately, since shapewear is so popular, you might run into some lower-quality garments that could jade your experience. But just because something is labeled as shapewear doesn’t mean that it’s going to get the job done for you. In fact, ill-fitting or poorly designed shapewear might make you look and feel worse!

    First, let’s talk about why everyone can benefit from shapewear, and then we'll look at some of the common problems that are easily fixed.

    The Benefits of Shapewear

    A lot has changed in shapewear since the days of your grandmother’s girdles. Modern shapewear is designed for modern women in modern attire. In addition to making you look smoother and slimmer, there are a few other benefits you might not know about.

    Reshaping your whole figure: If you’re less than satisfied with any of your natural curves, shapewear can effectively help you look more like an hourglass, no matter what your shape. Most garments are designed to slim the waistline and flatten your tummy. With a variety of styles you can also enhance your bust, lift your rear and minimize your hips and thighs. The key is choosing a garment with high compression for the most dramatic reshaping results.

    Improving your posture: With a shaper that focuses on the midsection, like a waist trainer, not only will you be reducing your waistline, but you’ll find that you’re forced to sit and stand up straighter. This is better for your back, and you’ll naturally look more energized and confident.

    Creating a smooth foundation: Clothes are designed to lay over a smooth surface like a mannequin, so it can be frustrating when your favorite top or dress doesn’t seem to fit quite right or draws attention to the wrong areas. Shapewear can fix trouble areas like muffin top, love handles and bra bulge instantly.

    Providing motivation and confidence: When you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, shapewear can give you an instant body makeover, which in turn can provide you with the inspiration and motivation that can help you follow through with your goals. Plus, when you drop a dress size instantly, just by putting on the right garment, it’s hard not to feel great about yourself.

    Opening up a world of style options: Think you can’t pull off skinny jeans or tight sweaters? Shapewear makes it possible to wear a variety of fashionable styles without having to worry about revealing any of your trouble spots.

    When Shapewear Goes Wrong

    It is possible to have a poor shapewear experience, which is why some women may turn away from it altogether, and possibly even warn their friends against it! Whether you’ve had a bad experience in the past or you know someone who has, rest assured that every shapewear problem has a solution. Our expert stylists have dealt with just about every issue and know how to get around it:

    1. Rolling up or down: Nothing can be more frustrating than having to constantly adjust your shapewear. The waist of the garment may roll down, or the legs or skirt may roll up. This is a sign that your garment either doesn’t fit well or is poorly designed. The solution is to make sure that you are wearing the right size and that your shaper is designed to stay firmly in place.

    One feature to look for that will prevent rolling is silicone. For example, the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip has silicone in the hem that prevents the skirt from rolling up or shifting out of place. Another feature to look for that prevents rolling is high compression at the top or bottom. Quality waist-slimming garments often have either reinforcement around the midsection or a thick band that ensures the garment will stay in place. If you’re still having trouble keeping your garment up, try a waist minimizer with adjustable shoulder straps. It won't roll down!

    To ensure that your shapewear fits properly, take accurate measurements of the bust, waist and hips. Follow your garment’s sizing chart precisely. Every piece of shapewear in Hourglass Angel’s store has been carefully curated and tested, and our sizing charts have been adjusted accordingly.

    1. Complexity of using the bathroom: Afraid you won’t be able to realistically get in and out of the ladies’ room when you’re wearing shapewear? Quality shapewear is designed with this need in mind.

    For bodysuits and other high compression garments that might seem difficult to get over your hips quickly, there is a very simple solution. Panty-style garments like the Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit typically have an easy-access opening called a gusset that holds in place with a hook-and-eye closure.

    1. Visible lines: Understandably, if you’re wearing shapewear you probably don’t want the world to know what your secret is. When it comes to invisibility, you’ll find a lot of variation in your shapewear options.

    One feature to look for that can help you avoid your shapewear poking through is anything that is “seamless.” Garments with this distinction are constructed so that their seams and closures are in inconspicuous places. These are ideal to wear underneath thin or otherwise revealing fabrics, although they may not offer as powerful compression as other garments.

    The visible panty line can also be a concern, but the trick with shapewear is the same as any other undergarment; choose a thong back or a garment with leg openings that are lower on the thighs instead of right around the seat. Which style you choose depends on how much shaping you want for your hips and thighs.

    Regardless of what type of shapewear you’re wearing, it’s always smart to try it on under the clothes you intend to wear it with before going out in public. Some shapewear works beautifully with some types of outfits and not as well with others. That’s why we recommend having a variety of shapewear that you can rotate through your wardrobe, to ensure that you’ll always have what you need.

    1. Bra bulge: No one likes to talk about this, but it can be a big problem! Women of all shapes and sizes can suffer from bra bulge around their bra strap, particularly in the back.

    The first step to prevention is having the right bra. Make sure that you’re wearing one that fits you well now and that provides adequate support. We recommend measuring your size once a year or so, especially if your weight has fluctuated or if you’ve had a baby. What fit well last year might not work anymore. If you struggle with bra bulge, choose a bra style that uses a thick band.

    When it comes to shapewear, you can further prevent bra bulge with styles that provide more back coverage. If you want to try waist training, consider a vest style that is designed to pair with your favorite bra and provides compression coverage for the upper back.

    1. Bunching up or slipping: Quality shapewear should stay in place all day. If yours is bunching up or slipping around, this may indicate that it doesn’t fit well, is poor quality or is wearing out.

    A shapewear garment that fits correctly should firmly hug your figure without causing discomfort or pinching. You should be able to put on a garment without having to yank it, although it might take some wriggling as it will be tight. If your shapewear slips on a little too easily, chances are it is a bit loose. Again, it is vital that you take accurate measurements and following our sizing charts precisely.

    Over time, shapewear does wear out, especially if you wear it frequently. Be sure to properly care for your shapewear so that it lasts as long as possible! You’ll know its time is up when it has noticeably lost its elasticity and effectiveness. You may also find that your shapewear doesn’t fit as well if your weight fluctuates, in which case it’s also time to get something new.

    1. Bent boning: Some shaping garments contain either plastic or steel boning: long, thin strips that help reinforce shape (similar to underwires in bras). It is possible for them to be bent, in which case your garment may be extremely uncomfortable.

    Usually improper care and use is what causes this kind of warping. Remember to be very gentle with your shapewear! While it is designed to be strong when it comes to slimming power, it is not designed to withstand rough handling. When you are putting on your shapewear, always do it slowly and try to avoid hard yanks and pulls. Most garments are designed to be stepped into, rather than pulled over the head. If you can’t get your garment on without using force, it is probably too small or you are not handling it properly.

    Again, it’s worth noting that you should always take proper care of your shaping garments and replace them after they have worn out.

    Remember, you can eliminate several of the most common problems by choosing high-quality shapewear that fits well and by taking good care of it.

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  • Simple, Quick and Effective Fat-Torching Cardio Workouts

    Simple Quick and Effective Workouts

    If you’re serious about getting fit and losing weight, not to mention living an active and healthy lifestyle, then you know that cardio is a super important to being successful.

    Cardio strengthens your cardiovascular system, boosts your endurance and helps you burn off the fat, so that you can show off your lean muscle underneath.

    While you need to be doing strength training as well in order to see the best results, the type of cardio you do and the intensity you do it at is going to make a big difference when it comes to reaching your goals. While going long as slow might boost your endurance, you’re going to see better results in muscle tone and fat loss with higher intensity routines.

    First Things First: Get Your Gear in Gear

    Of course, before you get started with any workout routine, you want to make sure you have the attire and gear that are going to maximize your workouts and keep you motivated! Feeling great about the way you look in your activewear can inspire you to wear it and show it off, which means you’ll be more likely to actually use it!

    Compression activewear is a must no matter what you’re doing for your workouts. It stimulates perspiration so that you’ll experience a higher intensity workout and get the burn that you need. A workout waist trainer is also a must for amping up the intensity and targeting thermal activity in your core. And a supportive, breathable sports bra ensures that you get the support you need while staying dry and comfortable.

    So, what you need is compression leggings + waist trainer + breathable, supportive sports bra and you’re almost good to go! The last piece is a pair of cross training shoes, which are going to be the most versatile and give you the best support and flexibility you need for varying cardio moves. Otherwise, if you go on long runs, switch to high quality running shoes.

    HIIT Intervals

    High-intensity interval training (HIIT) will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to effective cardio workouts. Even if you do just twenty minutes of varying moves, you will sweat hard, breathe hard and burn a lot of calories.

    It’s important to follow intervals that keep you moving and work all of your muscle groups quickly. Generally it’s helpful to join a class or follow a scripted circuit for timed intervals. Check out this 20-minute HIIT Circuit that pairs perfectly with a waist training routine.

    Elliptical Training

    An elliptical machine can be a great choice if you’re looking for a low-impact cardio alternative to running or stair climber routine. Just be sure that you’re getting the most out of your workout. You could zone out on a low speed for an hour and see minimal results.

    To boost the intensity, vary the speed, incline and resistance on the elliptical so that it is making your muscles burn and your heart to beat fast. You can use a programmed routine or adjust to your own ability level. A high incline will work your glutes harder, while a lower incline will work your quads. Try to hit all of your muscle groups.

    Remember, quality over quantity is what works when it comes to burning fat! Choose a 20-minute routine of challenging intervals rather than a longer, less challenging routine.

    Stair Climber

    Climbing stairs requires more muscles than walking, but be sure to vary your speed to get the best results. Overall this is a great way to strengthen your legs in a functional way. Do be cautious, however, if you have bad knees, as a stair climber can be hard on your joints.

    As a way to mix it up, try climbing stairs for just a short portion of your cardio routine along with some other strength training or cardio exercises. The variety will more effectively work your muscles and keep you sweating.

    Running

    As with any other cardio exercise, the effectiveness of running all depends on the way you approach it. If you regularly run for an hour at a slow speed and little to no incline, you’re going to be building a distance runner’s body, which is lean but might not have a lot of muscle tone or shape. Even if you are training for a longer run like a half or full marathon, it’s still advisable to vary your routine so that you’re building strength and burning fat in addition to increasing your endurance.

    You can actually get a very effective running workout in a short period of time by adding variations like hills or intervals of varying speeds. You can do this on a treadmill, or you can plan your running routes accordingly. If you’re going out on your own, you should be running hard and breathing hard enough that you’re unable to carry on a conversation without gasping for air between words. Save the small talk for your warm-up and cool-down, and get down to business during your workout. You can effectively burn a lot of calories this way in just 20 minutes.

    Sprinting

    There’s a reason student athletes call sprinting intervals “suicides” and coaches use them for punishment. They’re hard, and they work! While it can be hard on your body to do a whole lot of sprinting, adding some of it into any workout routine will be highly effective. If you’re on a track, try sprinting for a lap and then jogging for a lap to recover. Running around town, sprint for a block and then jog for a block. On the treadmill, sprint for 20 seconds and then jog for a minute. Do this for about 20 minutes and you’ve finished a very effective workout!

    Rowing

    This is a unique and effective approach to cardio because it requires your whole body to do it and can get your heart pumping quickly. As will all exercises, you’ll get the best results if you vary your speed and do short “sprints” in between longer periods at a moderate pace. To work all of your muscle groups, make sure you’re keeping your chest up and consciously rowing with your whole body.

    Try this quick, effective rowing workout: set a clock for 20 minutes. Row about 800 feet as fast as you can, go at a recovery pace for one minute, and repeat until the clock is up.

    Cycling

    To get the most out of a cycling workout you have to be willing to sustain a pretty grueling pace with decent recent and not succumb to getting too caught up in distractions like a smartphone or a TV. This is why at the gym it’s probably most effective to join a class with an instructor who will help you vary your speed and keep up an intensity that will challenge you. If you really focus on sweating hard, you can get a good cycling workout in 30 minutes or less.

    And it’s challenging to keep up a good speed and resistance going if you cycle outside, it’s still worth the effort if you can bike when you can, especially if it replaces the time you would have spent sitting in a car.

    Strength Training Circuits

    While lifting weights isn’t exactly, you can easily integrate some fat-torching cardio in a strength training circuit if you’re smart about it. By lifting heavy and focusing on alternating muscle groups so that you don’t take long groups, you’ll be sweating pretty hard by the time you’re done. In general, since leg exercise require a lot of exertion, they will get your heart pumping effectively. Try this circuit of simple booty-building exercises as well as this 30-day Booty-Building Challenge. Any routine that swings kettlebells will also strengthen your muscles while kicking up your heart rate.

    Jumping Rope

    When you’re short on time and equipment, a simple jump rope is all you need to get sweating hard and fast. You can do a quick stand-alone workout, or do some jumping at the end of a lifting routine.

    To wear yourself out, just see how long you can go! If you can keep it up for 30 minutes, you’ll burn a ton of calories. You can also try jumping as fast as you can for a minute, recovering for about 30 seconds and then repeating until you’re exhausted.

    Bodyweight Only Moves

    There are a lot of ways you can get a quick workout in when you’re in a time crunch. You can “take ten” with your waist trainer and a yoga mat with these moves, or try these sculpting exercises that are especially effective at firming up your midsection when used with a waist trainer.

    The options are limitless when it comes to fun, quick and effective ways to get in the cardio you need to build your endurance and burn away the fat. Do some of these routines either in between your strength training workouts or even woven into them, like in between sets or after you’re done lifting.

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  • New Mom Guide to Corseting, Waist Training and Shapewear

    What We Recommend for a Speedy Postpartum Recovery

    What We Recommend for a Speedy Postpartum Recovery

    Whether you’re expecting or you’ve already delivered, one of the biggest questions new moms have is when they can get their body back.

    While the answer to that questions depends on a number of factors including the amount of weight you gained during pregnancy, your genetics and your lifestyle, we can definitely recommend waist training as an effective part of your postpartum slim-down strategy.

    Waist training after pregnancy can be safe and effective if you follow these tips. Here’s a comprehensive guide to looking and feeling great at every stage. And be sure to check out all of our postpartum waist trainers and shapewear. As always, consult your doctor before proceeding prior with the tips below.

    Immediately Following Delivery: Belly Binding:

    When you give birth, your whole body goes through a lot of change, and as any doctor will tell you, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get a lot of rest, water and healthy food. Enjoy those early days as you get to know your baby.

    As far as waist training goes, we recommend belly binding for at least the first week. This is actually an ancient method of postpartum recovery: for years, women have used compression on their torsos to ease the swelling as their bodies naturally flush out the extra fluids they were carrying around during pregnancy. The compression helps to gently reshaping your midsection while you wear the garment, and it feels good on the weakened muscles in your core and back.

    We recommend the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks for this purpose. It is soft, gentle, designed to keep dry, and will not irritate your skin following a C-section. As your abdomen shrinks, you can adjust the Velcro to fit.

    First 3 Months: Waist Training

    Once you’re past the first week following childbirth, you can start to explore firmer compression methods. A waist cincher, also known as a waist trainer, is a perfect way to start stepping it up a notch. Try one with a latex core for effective results, or choose from our latex-free materials as well. We recommend a front-closure style with three rows of hooks so you’ll have the most room for slimming down following your pregnancy. You can also try a Velcro-closure option.

    While you might be eager to maximize your routine, be patient and ease your way into waist training. Listen to your body’s cues; if you’re uncomfortable in any way, take a break. Make sure that you have a waist trainer that is fitted to your current size rather than the size you want to be; otherwise you will be extremely uncomfortable and may not even be able to get your waist trainer on properly. Read this guide to learn more about picking the right waist trainer.

    Start out slowly; wear your waist trainer for just an hour at first and then slowly add a little bit of time each day. If you’d like to have continual compression throughout the day, switch back to the postpartum belly binder when you’re not wearing a high-compression waist trainer.

    After several weeks of daily wear, you should feel pretty comfortable with wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours a day. You may also start noticing that it is time to size down, particularly if you’ve been watching your diet and avoiding unhealthy foods. Try fastening the waist trainer to the next row of hooks once it is easy to put it on and off and it’s not feeling as tight.

    Once you’ve passed the six-week mark postpartum, assuming all is well, you should get the go-ahead from your physician about starting to exercise. This is a great time to introduce a workout band into your waist training regimen.

    Wear it whenever you work out or are physically active, whether you’re going for a walk with the stroller or getting your core muscles back into shape at the gym. A workout band is an effective way to boost the intensity of your workouts by helping you sweat harder. Aim to work out in some capacity at least four times a week. At this point you’ll want to rotate between your workout band and an everyday waist trainer in your wardrobe.

    Corseting: 4 Months and Beyond

    At around four months, if you want to take your routine up a notch, now is the time to consider a steel-boned corset. Because of the way it is constructed and its lace-up design, a corset will give you the most dramatic results. By this point you may have already lost several inches from your waistline naturally following childbirth, so you can plan on investing in a corset that will last for many months, depending on how often you wear it.

    Some things to remember if you want to try corseting: first, you’ll want to make sure that you have sized your corset correctly (check out this guide to learn how). Once you have the perfect corset in the perfect size, be sure you season it before tightening it all the way. This means wearing it for an hour or two for one to two weeks so that the corset can mold to your torso’s shape. After that, you can lace it up tightly and see just how dramatic corseting results can be.

    You can use a corset for waist training just like you would with a cincher. For the best results, we recommend wearing it daily for eight to twelve hours. You can also rotate corsets through your wardrobe along with cinchers. Some women like to use corsets for special occasions or for a particular look, while others like to use corseting exclusively for waist training.

    Shapewear: Anytime!

    Waist training isn’t the only way to sculpt your figure and feel attractive during the postpartum period. You can use a variety of shapewear styles as well that can create a slim and smooth midsection, a firmer butt and sculpted thighs. You don’t have to follow any timetable after pregnancy to get the most out of your shapewear.

    You can pair shapewear with a waist trainer, or you can try wearing it whenever you’re not wearing your waist trainer. For example, you might want to switch into a shaping cami after wearing a waist cincher or corset all day. A lot of new moms also love the results they get for the rest of their figure when they wear shaping leggings or butt-lifting jeans with a waist trainer. And don’t forget, if you’re breastfeeding you will definitely want some trendy nursing tanks on hand.

    To get the most flattering results of your shapewear, it is again very important to wear shapewear that is sized correctly for your current size and shape, not your goal size and shape. While it can be tempting to use your pre-pregnancy size, the results will be uncomfortable and unflattering if it is too small. Just remember that, if you do size down, investing in some new shapewear in a smaller size can be a reward you give yourself!

    Lifestyle Tips for Postpartum Waist Training and Shapewear

    As always, what you wear is only part of the picture when it comes to how you look and feel. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way, especially during that postpartum period when you are going to have more demands on your time, your energy and your body.

    Here are some basic tips to follow (which are helpful whether you’re postpartum or not!)

    • Hydration: everyone should watch their water intake, but it is especially important during the postpartum period. First, your body is going through a healing process following childbirth, and adequate water will ensure that you’re flushing out toxins and helping your body repair itself. Make sure you’re getting at least 64 ounces daily. If you’re breastfeeding you’ll need even more—probably around a quart, to stay hydrated and maintain adequate milk production. Finally, if you’re waist training you may want to drink even more because of the extra perspiration it causes. Drink up!
    • Nutrition: just as it needs water, your body also needs vital nutrients to optimize the healing process during childbirth. Stick to whole foods as much as possible and try to avoid added sugars. And while it might be tempting to track your calories so you can lose weight, try not to worry about it too much at this stage. If you’re drinking adequate water, wearing a waist trainer and eating whole foods, you may find that you’ll feel more satiated and the weight will come off naturally. If you’re not seeing results after a few months, then you might want to watch your calorie intake a little more closely.
    • Exercise: follow your physician’s advice; if everything is normal you should be cleared for exercise about six weeks postpartum, or perhaps a little more if you had a C-section. Start out where you left off with exercise before the birth; if you were already pretty fit, you’ll find that you can get into the routine again relatively quickly. But if you’re new to exercise, add it in slowly. Get a mixture of cardio, strength training and stretching and gradually increase the intensity (just like you’re slowly waist training more).

    Remember: it takes time for your body to return to its pre-baby figure. Be patient, stick to your routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle to see the fastest results possible

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