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  • Tips for Safe & Effective Waist Training

    Safe, effective waist training tips

    “Does it really work?” and “Is it safe?” are common questions we receive frequently about waist training. If you’re considering trying it, you might be wondering the same thing. So to answer your questions and potential concerns, here’s the basic rundown of what you need to know for safe and effective waist training.

    1. Find the right garment.

    There are so many choices when it comes to picking a waist trainer, but don’t be overwhelmed. When you know what you’re looking for, it doesn’t take long to narrow down your choices. It’s important to find the right garment in order to achieve the best results and fit for your body type.

    Here are some features to consider when narrowing down to your ideal waist trainer:

    1. Size correctly.

    Finding the correct size for the garment you have chosen is vital for safe and effective waist training. Most problems women encounter are because their waist trainer doesn’t fit. We have carefully curated and tested each and every garment on our website, so the size charts are customized for every one. Don’t rely on your dress size; take your measurement whenever you’re ready to order a new waist trainer.

    • Use vinyl or fabric measuring tape designed for sizing measurements.
    • Measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is a couple of inches above the navel where there is a natural bend.
    • Make sure the tape is level with the floor and lies flat against your skin or a very thin tank, without being pulled tight.
    • Follow the sizing chart for your garment exactly. Note that for garments with number sizing, the number isn’t the same as your waist size. Reference the chart carefully!
    1. Try the waist trainer on properly.

    Once you receive your brand new waist trainer in the mail, it might be a little bit tricky getting it on for the first time, especially if you’ve never worn one before! Just remember, if you’ve chosen the best garment for your needs and have sized it correctly, you shouldn’t have to yank or pull on it to get it on. It will certainly feel snug, but don’t risk breaking it by forcing it to close. Here’s how to put waist trainers on:

    • With a hook-up cincher, start at the bottom of the garment and clasp the bottom hook at the narrowest part of your waist. Fasten up the garment one hook at a time and then pull it down over your lower abdomen.
    • With a steel-boned corset, we highly recommend using a mirror or another person for guidance. Fasten the clasps in front first, and then begin tightening the back. To do this, you will be working from the top and bottom laces and working your way towards the center. It’s a lot like tightening shoelaces, only you’ll be tying the laces off in the middle. Note that corsets need to be seasoned, or broken in, before you tighten them fully. The first time you wear it, pull it tight enough that it holds its place, but not tight enough to provide firm compression. Wear the corset for about an hour a day for a week or two before you tighten the laces fully.

    Once you’ve tried on your waist trainer, it will feel tight but it should not pinch, restrict your breathing or cause any pain. If it does, take it off immediately and try to determine why you probably have the wrong size.

    1. Ease into a waist training regimen slowly.

    You might be excited at your results even just by trying your waist trainer on, but your body needs an adjustment period before you start wearing it for long stretches, just as it would need to grow accustomed to a new workout program. The garment needs to be broken in anyway, especially corsets. Start out by wearing it for about an hour at a time and then slowly work yourself up to longer increments. You can add about a half hour to an hour of wear a day. If desired, take a day off a couple of times during the first couple of weeks.

    With patience and persistence, you can comfortably wear a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day after about a month of easing into this practice. This will provide the best results. Be sure to track your progress with waist measurements and photos!

    1. Pair waist training with a healthy lifestyle.

    We do not recommend using waist training as your only method to slimming your waistline. It’s vitally important to be fueling your body with whole foods, drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, and aiming for five days of exercise a week. These practices help your body stay hydrated and healthy while strengthening your muscles (and we highly recommend focusing on your core!).

    If you follow these tips and start a new waist training regimen mindfully and listening to your body’s cues, we have no doubt you will be thrilled with the results.

    Need further assistance in selecting the most effective garment for your waist training needs? Contact our stylists who are experts in waist training to get the advice you need to start your waist training journey out right.

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  • What Results Can You Expect When Waist Training? See Pictures of Real Customers

    Waist training before and after photos

    Many people ask us what kinds of results to expect from waist training. Understandably, it can be difficult to predict exactly what it will be like for them. As we often say, every body is different, and results can vary quite a bit depending on a combination of factors.

    These factors include:

    • Natural body shape: if you are petite for example, your results are not going to be the same as someone who is tall and curvy.
    • Goals: are you trying to slim down after pregnancy or lose a lot of weight? Or are you simply trying to enhance your figure without losing much weight? Your results will vary depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.
    • Lifestyle: are you already active or planning to be active? Is your diet going to change when you start waist training? Those factors have a huge influence on your overall results.
    • Genetics: there are a lot of ways your genes influence how much your body can change. For example, how elastic is your skin? How tall are you? Where do you tend to carry your weight?
    • Waist training plan: Someone who wears a waist trainer sporadically is not going to have the same results as someone who is dedicated to wearing a waist trainer the recommend 8–12 hours a day.

    That being said, we can still confidently say that you will get results no matter what your conditions are! Your results might not look like someone else’s, but if you are dedicated, you will see them. It’s important to track your progress with photos and waist measurements so that you can really see the gradual progress you make.

    If you’re still curious, here are some real results that our customers of varying shapes, sizes and lifestyles have experienced. You might get a little glimpse of what your results will be like if you take note of each of these women’s experiences.

    1. The Busy Nanny

    Desire 8 Week Waist Training Transformation

    One of the biggest challenges to implementing a healthy lifestyle change is finding the time. Desire is a young nanny with a demanding schedule. She knew that she wanted to change, but she just didn’t see how she could fit it into her schedule.

    She started seeing friends posting their experiences with waist training on Instagram and was intrigued. Why not give it a shot? Immediately after wearing it for just a few weeks, she started seeing substantial changes in her most stubborn trouble areas: her waist, lower abdomen and back.

    Her waist trainer of choice as a beginner was the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery. She explains her decision for this particular trainer: “Personally, I love the latex feeling because it's tight and doesn't more around. I also love this cincher because it comes with 3 bracket levels. As you begin to lose inches from your waist, your cincher becomes looser. With the 3 rows of hook-and-eye closures, I was able to find more use it in rather than purchase a new cincher every couple of months. After finally putting the trainer on, I felt like a million bucks. I loved how it enhanced my waist and how much slimmer I felt.”

    While she started out with just waist training, she began to get more motivated about changing her whole lifestyle by working out for 30 minutes a day and eating clean. She felt compelled to continue making changes because she started feeling so much more confident about herself! Her friends and family noticed her changes, and she loved the way she looked in the mirror.

    1. The Fashionable Interior Designer

    Suzie Waist Training Transformation

    As an interior designer, Suzie knows that the first impression can mean a lot when she meets with clients. She’s very conscious about the way she looks and presents herself. When she first heard about waist training, she thought it would be a great way to slim her midsection and emphasize her already lovely curves. She was surprised to discover that it did much more!

    She started out initially using a basic garment: Perfect Waist by Squeem. She loved it from the beginning and eventually wanted to take her waist training regimen up a notch with the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery.

    Suzie illustrates just how much waist training can do when you’re dedicated to it for six months:

    “I can see drastic results. My body has always been more of an hourglass shape, so it really helped emphasize that. I get so happy because I’ve had people tell me they really like how my waist is cinched, and that’s been when I’m not wearing one! I lost 4 inches more than I expected!”

    Like many others who start waist training, she started to eat better and become more active. She walks 4–7 miles a day and practices better portion control and food choices; the waist trainer has motivated her to start signing up for fitness classes as well.

    “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 in to signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.”

    1. The Stay-At-Home Mom

    Lillie Hall Beautiful Waist Training Journey

    Lillie is the proud mom of a toddler and needed to slim down for her upcoming wedding day. No matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t shed the extra 20 pounds of baby weight she had put on. She saw waist training results on Instagram and knew she had to try it. She chose Ann Chery Workout Trainer and documented her journey online.

    Her results are truly inspiring. She worked her way up to wearing the waist trainer more than 8 hours a day. She finally started slimming down and was further motivated to eat smaller portions and work out 5 days a week with online exercise videos. She noticed results after just a few weeks and kept it up in anticipation of the big day!

    “The waist trainer absolutely met my expectations and then some! I honestly had a curvy hourglass shape naturally and didn't think it was going to make a huge difference in that area. Turns out that there was a wonderful difference made that I am beyond excited about! I am not only tiny all around, having almost completely lost my belly pooch, back fat, and side fat, but I'm also so much curvier than I ever thought I could be!”

    We hope you’re inspired by the real results that women like you have experienced with waist training. No matter what your goals are, we hope you try it for yourself and see what it can do for you.

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  • How To Stay Committed to Waist Training and 5 Reasons Why You Should

    Waist training plan for the New Year

    At the beginning of the year we see a lot of people excited to start setting goals for weight loss and overall better health. It can be especially motivating to start a waist training regimen after the indulgence of the holidays – plus, there’s hardly a better time to start fresh than the New Year.

    Of course, it can be a different story come the end of January…or February, March and beyond. The mistake many people make when setting goals and resolutions is not being realistic or having a long-term vision for themselves. You might start out feeling gung-ho about going to the gym several times a week, along with all the other resolute fresh starters. But when you hit a plateau or the newness of your program wears off, it gets increasingly difficult to stay motivated.

    It’s one thing to start a waist training and healthy lifestyle program; it’s quite another to stay committed to it.

    Our advice for staying committed is to be realistic with yourself and start slow. Keep focused on your long-term goals rather than your day-to-day results. As a matter of fact, you might even want to ditch the scale altogether! It’s not the most accurate gauge of health anyway, and it can fluctuate depending on how much water your drink or what time of day it is! Instead, focus on building healthy habits. To track results, take photos and waist measurements no more than once a week.

    How to Start Slow with Waist Training

    When you get that pretty new waist trainer in the mail, it’s tempting to want to put it on and wear it 24/7. But if you’ve never tried it before, you might be in for a bit of surprise with your first experience. First of all, to be effective, a waist trainer is very snug, and you might have difficulty getting it on to begin with. Put it on slowly, fastening the lowest hooks first at the narrowest part of your waist and then working the garment down your torso once it is fastened (see here if you opt for a lace-up corset instead of a cincher). If it fits properly, you should not need to yank on it to make it fit, or you risk damaging it.

    Once it’s on and you’ve ensured that it fits well, you will love the way you look! But your body may not yet be used to the firm compression around your midsection, so expect an adjustment period in the first couple weeks.

    When you start, wear your waist trainer for more than an hour or two a day and then slowly add more time in small increments (half an hour to an hour). For the first couple of weeks, you may even want to take a day off from waist training. Once you’re wearing the waist trainer for longer periods each day, you may want to break them up into smaller sessions to give yourself a little break.

    By about a month, you should feel comfortable with wearing your waist trainer for 8–12 hours daily. By working your way up to the number, you’re much more likely to have a built a habit that will last, and that is the goal.

    Building Healthy Habits

    In the meantime, while you’re adjusting to your waist training routine, you will need to supplement it with realistic diet and exercise plans. While there are many routes you can take with this, we have just a couple of suggestions.

    • First, use a workout band during exercise; you’ll see better results and will feel more motivated.
    • Second, try to schedule your meals and snacks for when you’re wearing your waist trainer, as it can help with portion control.
    • Finally, eat smart with a diet rich in whole foods rather than processed products. While nutritionists may vary on more specific nutrients you might need, pretty much everyone agrees on that.

    If you need accountability, do it together with a friend, or make the investment to hire a nutritionist to coach you. Remember, you’re worth it!

    While you’re setting your goals and making your plans, it can be helpful to take some time to reflect on why you want to make a change. Fitting into a wedding dress or preparing your summer beach body can be helpful for a time, but these aren’t always motivating for the long term. You’ll have to discover your motivation for yourself, but here are a few reasons why you’ll want to stay committed to waist training even after you reach your goals:

    5 Reasons to Keep Going!

    1) Improved Posture and Back Support

    This is an unexpected benefit of waist training that many customers don’t realize when they first start out. We know so many women who spend more than eight hours a day hunched in front of a computer. This lifestyle can lead to back pain as well as a terrible posture that communicates fatigue and a lack of confidence.

    When you’re wearing a waist trainer in front of your desk, you will be forced to keep your back upright, which can have numerous benefits including a reduction in back pain. In fact, you may be very surprised when you take your waist trainer off just how badly you may have slouched. Once you grow accustomed to holding better posture, you will not want to go back!

    Waist trainers not only improve your posture if you’re at a desk job; but also women who work on their feet or carry small children on their hips will find it very helpful as well. Just remember to continue to strengthen your core to help improve your posture even when you're not wearing your waist trainer.

    2) Instant Slimming

    This is one of the obvious benefits of waist training and the reason most women get started, but we hear again and again just how surprising the slimming benefits can be! If you’ve had a problem area that you’ve been trying to work on for years, a waist trainer might be just the thing you need. This can especially be the case for love handles and the lower abdomen. A good waist trainer will slim and smooth those trouble areas as soon as you put it on.

    Just remember that in order for you to maintain the results that a waist trainer provides, you have to continue to wear it. But once you see the results, that shouldn’t be too hard.

    3) Increased Confidence

    Some common feedback we get from customers who have tried waist training is how frequently their friends and family have commented on how great they look. They look slimmer and stand with a more confident posture, and others can’t help but notice. What a confidence builder!

    The confident attitude that you exude from day to day can affect your work performance and the impression you make to other people. When you feel happy about the way you look, it will naturally affect many other areas of your life.

    4) Workout Enhancement

    Some women like to start waist trainer just for the workout benefits alone. When wearing a workout band you will notice that you sweat harder, not to mention use better posture whether you’re lifting weights or running. Essentially you get a more effective workout without having to actually do anything different other than show up!

    Enjoying your workouts is an extremely effective motivator when it comes to long-term lifestyle change and getting daily exercise. Many of our customers are excited not only to work out in a waist trainer but to get their friends on board with it. There are many options that are colorful and stylish (and you have to admit they contribute to some amazing Instagram posts!). It’s hard to not want to show them off.

    5) Core Thermal Activity

    The last way that you can benefit from a commitment to waist training is the ongoing maximum compression that it will provide around your midsection. One of the major components of waist training that makes it effective as a slim-down technique, especially for trouble areas around your midsection, is the way it stimulates thermal activity in your core. Even when you’re not working out, you’ll notice that a waist trainer keeps your whole torso warm, which causes perspiration.

    After extended wear, this in combination with a workout routine can help you shed inches from your midsection. Just take it from many happy customers! You can share see their results and share yours as well with #BeTheHourglass.

    Make the most of 2017!

    As the New Year gets into full swing, we hope you feel motivated to stick with your waist training routine so that you can see the long-term results that so many women are thrilled about. Just like any truly effective slimming routine, it isn’t an overnight fix. But with daily dedication, you can see incredible results in just a few weeks, which will only grow more impressive as the months and years pass. We hope that 2017 is your most confident yet! If you have more questions about how to get started with an effective waist training regimen, be sure to explore our blog and contact our customer service team with any questions.

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  • Lessons from Our Customers: How You Inspired Us in 2016 #CURVECONFIDENTIAL

    Customer Lessons Hourglass Angel

    Happy New Year to all of our customers and waist training fans!

    Most people are taking some time right now to dream big and set some goals for the upcoming year (yep, you know that the gyms are going to be packed over the next few weeks). If you’re like us, you might also enjoy a time a reflection whenever the beginning of the year rolls around. It’s a time not just to make resolutions and change for the better, but also to be reflective and thankful. This helps us set meaningful goals as we look forward.

    Here at Hourglass Angel, as waist training has surged in popularity, we have interacted with many women from around the world, of every shape, size and culture. As we look back, we can’t express how thankful we are for our customers and the community that we’ve been able to engage with online.

    Hundreds of women have proudly posted #BeTheHourglass as they’ve watched their bodies and their confidence transformed. Their dedication to waist training and a healthier lifestyle is deeply inspiring, not just to us, but to others who see their results and feedback on our website and social media channels. Our stylists also speak every day to women who are looking for a change—to be the very best they can be, inside and out. It fills us with such joy knowing that we get to play a small part as they reach for their goals. So we give a heartfelt thanks, to every one of you!

    We love providing you the waist trainers and other shapewear because of the way it makes you feel. Being beautiful is about so much more than physical appearance. Beauty isn’t defined by a particular size or shape; rather, it’s a reflection of an inner confidence when you embrace every inch of who you are. Every woman is uniquely beautiful, and we love being able to provide tools to make that uniqueness shine.

    It seems appropriate that our call this year is #EmbraceYourCurves.

    Embrace your curves, because your curves are what make the shapewear great. Embrace your curves, because when you do, you help us know how to help other women embrace theirs. Embrace your curves, because you’re beautiful uniquely.

    As a thank you to our customers and to encourage your ongoing feedback, here are several ways that you have helped us, so that we can better help you.

    1. Reviews

    The customer reviews on our website are so valuable, whether positive or negative. They help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of every garment, as well as to better understand what our customers are looking for. If a garment receives multiple 5-star reviews, then we know that it’s a keeper! If it has multiple instances of negative feedback, then we know that there’s a problem either in the way we’re presenting it or in the garment itself.

    When you leave feedback, we truly appreciate it when you’re very specific about what you like or don’t like. We like to know your thoughts about the way it fit, they way it felt, the material, your comfort, and the results on your figure. For example, if many customers are reporting that a particular garment seems to run small, then we are going to test it further and make a note on the size chart and the garment description so that future customers can be aware.

    We strive to curate and carry only the very best shapewear and waist trainers. If you don’t love it, we don’t want you to own it. Return it within 30 days, in its original condition, and we’ll be happy to process an exchange or refund.

    From time to time we sell garments that our customers just aren’t crazy about. We need to know about it so that we don’t continue selling them, giving people lackluster results. Your feedback also guides us as we curate and create new garments based on what you really want and need.

    So go ahead, leave an honest review, with as much detail as possible! And if you’ve already done so, thank you. You’re helping us make our shapewear collection even better.

    1. Customer Service

    Did you know that we have a team of expert stylists just waiting to answer your call or message? We’re here for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t figure out the answers to your questions! Everyone on our team is passionate about helping customers figure out exactly what they need so that they can feel stunningly confident sexy, no matter what their personal goals are.

    We’ve had every conversation imaginable when it comes to shapewear. Sometimes customers need help figuring out what size and style they need, while other times they have all sorts of questions about the results they are expecting and experiencing.

    These conversations have helped us figure out how to explain how to put a waist trainer on (because it’s not straightforward if you’ve never done it!). They’ve also made us aware of other common questions or concerns that people encounter when they start waist training. This helps us produce relevant content for our website and other material that can help customers make informed purchase decisions and get the most out of their orders. We can also modify our guidelines and policies to best serve their needs.

    So thank you, if you’ve ever reached out to us, for helping us create a better experience for you! And if you ever have a question or comment, please don’t hesitate to connect!

    1. Social Media

    It’s no secret we’re a little obsessed with Instagram around here, along with other platforms. It makes connecting with our customers and their friends so easy! Not only are we able to share information that we think is helpful if you’re trying to embrace your curves, but we are able to get immediate feedback, as well as see the incredible results that are customers are experiencing!

    One of our favorite ways to connect with social media is through campaigns and challenges. Occasionally we’ll have a promotion that encourages women to stick to their waist training and fitness goals. It creates such fun community and inspiration when you’re able to participate in such a challenge and be inspired by what other people are doing.

    Seeing photos is especially helpful as we can see waist trainers in action on every size and shape. We test all of our products thoroughly, and we like to think that our customers test them even further! Your photos and comments provide us with valuable feedback about the way our garments fit, if and how they are producing desired results, and what styles people prefer.

    If you love waist training, we highly encourage you to share your experiences! Hey, if the Kardashians do it publicly, there’s no reason to keep it a secret, right? Not only will you help us with your feedback, but you’ll also be an inspiration to many other women of every shape and size. #BeTheHourglass #EmbraceYourCurves.

    Dress for Success This Year

    Needless to say, we’re thrilled to start a new year, anticipating the many lives we have a chance to impact. We hope to continue receiving your valuable feedback as we are always growing and changing as a company. We’ve got some exciting products and trends to unveil this year, and there’s no one better to share it with than all of you.

    As you’re getting ready to embrace your curves this year, our biggest tip for you is: stick with it! You know that we love to share our customers’ success stories…but on the flip side there are some who aren’t able to achieve the desired results with waist training. The reason is because they don’t make goals and stick with them.

    While we strongly believe that you should fully embrace your unique curves and who you already are, waist training or not, we also believe that everyone can push themselves. If you want to start waist training, make a commitment to yourself. If you skip a day, do it again the next day. If you fall out of the habit for a month, start again the next month. If you haven’t included workouts as part of your regimen, it’s never too late to start. If you had one too many “cheat meals,” hit the reset button and start fresh tomorrow.

    Happy 2017!

    To summarize, our customers have inspired us to believe than anyone and everyone can embrace their curves and make the most out of their waist training and shapewear experience. Whether you’re a first-time customer or a waist training champ, we hope that you continue to grow and to love your curves more and more. Keep giving us the feedback that we need and love to make our brand serve you even better. And lastly, continue seeking to inspire others with your journey. Stick with it, leave reviews, and share your progress so that other women can embrace their unique curves, this year and beyond.

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  • Hungry Girl's Weight Loss Rules for 2017

    How to lose weight without a crash diet

    It’s goal-setting time, and if you’re like a lot of people around the time the New Year’s ball drops, then you’re hoping to shed some pounds over the next few months. But if you’ve ever dieted before, you know that one of the biggest challenges is always feeling hungry!

    Want some advice? Stop dieting. If you’re like most people who try crash diets, you’ll only bounce back to your former eating habits after you’ve had a short period of success. According to "Hungry Girl" foodologist Lisa Lillian, hunger and cravings are not your enemy—you just need to plan ahead and set yourself up for success when they strike. Here are several of Hungry Girl's rules, along with our own expert tips, to help you curb your cravings, feel satisfied with your meals, and stick to your weight-loss goals for 2017.

    1. Be Diligent About Daily Waist Training

    While wearing a waist trainer should not be the only strategy you use, firm compression around your midsection can be extremely helpful aiding your portion control. Your stomach won’t be able to expand as much as it normally would, so you will feel full after consuming a smaller meal. Waist training works well with a lifestyle that includes five to six small meals a day, instead of three large ones.

    For the best results, wear your waist trainer for eight to twelve hours a day. You might want to take note of the times of day you’re most likely to succumb to unhealthy cravings, like the mid-afternoon slump. Be sure you’re wearing your waist trainer when cravings strike, as well as when you consume your meals to prevent overeating.

    1. Boost Your Metabolism with Strength Training

    You don’t have to feel guilty about eating when those calories go towards building muscle! Strength training is a surefire way to boost your metabolism because even when you’re resting and recovering, your body is hard at work rebuilding muscle tissue. Add strength training to your fitness routine about three days a week and you’ll be amazed at the results, especially if you’re not already doing it (don’t forget your workout band!). While a great exercise program isn’t a blank check to eat whatever you want, it is a vital part of a sustainable healthy lifestyle. 

    1. Eat More “Pasta” with Less Guilt

    Pasta is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to delicious but high-calorie food that doesn’t make you feel great. Eat a bunch of it and you’ll feel full and heavy after lunch, only to crash a couple of hours later. But it’s difficult to consider giving it up altogether! Here’s the trick: expand it with veggies. Spiralizers are easy to find. The next time you’re craving pasta, use one with whole grains and then make your plate bigger with spiralized veggies like zucchini, or skip the spiralizer altogether and use spaghetti squash. You may find that you want to leave the wheat pasta out altogether once you discover how satisfying and delicious the veggie alternatives are. 

    1. Get to Know Your Cauliflower

    Have you discovered this magical vegetable yet? It works in many dishes as a creamy yet guilt-free substitute. Try swapping out some of your mashed potatoes for steamed and mashed cauliflower and see if you notice a difference. You’ll have fewer calories and much better nutrition without sacrificing taste. You can also use cauliflower in creamy dishes like baked macaroni and cheese. No prep for this: simply add some frozen cauliflower to your favorite dish.

    1. Speaking of Frozen Vegetables…

    You should always have these on hand! Even when you’re strapped for time and have to grab a convenient frozen meal, you can double the size of your meal by adding the veggies. Many are simple to prepare and can be steamed right in the bag. These should make a hefty side dish at any meal.

    1. Get Smart about Your Sweets

    One of the most difficult things to give up when you’re trying to lose weight is dessert. But you don’t have to feel bad about indulging every now and then if you don’t go overboard. Here are a couple of satisfying desserts that won’t wreck your calorie intake:

    • Apple pie in a mug: cut up an apple and place it in a coffee mug. Put a handful of Red Hot candies on top and microwave for 2 minutes. Add a little cinnamon and crushed graham crackers on top for a gooey (but not too indulgent) gooey treat.
    • No-guilt chocolate cake: take any brand of chocolate cake mix, but instead of adding fats, pour a can a club soda into the mix and bake as directed. The result is a moist and delicious cake with a fraction of the calories.
    1. When You Can’t Avoid Packaged Food

    Everyone knows that home-cooked meals, cooked from whole, unprocessed ingredients, are the best options, but in real life you are always on the go. While it’s still best to prep your snacks and meals ahead of time so you’re not in a nutritional bind, from time to time you might have to spring for some prepared food. When you do, pick brands that are limited on empty calories and weird ingredients. Here are some suggestions for various times of day:

    • VitaMuffins Vitatops: each snack pack is only 100 calories and is packed with whole grains as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Grab these to power through your morning.
    • Evol Mini Burritos: This all-natural, organic product delivers a tasty meal for under 200 calories with several varieties.
    • LesserEvil’s Baked Veggie Krinkle Sticks: Instead of reaching for the chips for an afternoon snack, get a satisfying crunch for few calories, plus the added nutrients of whole grains and veggies.
    • Amy’s Toaster Pops Pizza: for those evenings you only have time for a quick bite, grab one or two of these at only 200 calories a pop (plus you can satisfy your pizza craving!).

    Losing weight takes work, but it’s not as hard as you think. Don’t go hungry—make these smart lifestyle choices and get the long-lasting results you really want.

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  • The Most Amazing Waist Trainer Results Our Customers Have Shared with Us

    We love hearing stories about waist training success, and none tell it better than some of our very own customers. We’ve heard some incredible before and after stories over the past year. If you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation to slim your waistline in 2017, check out these great stories.

    1. Desire
    Desire 8 Week Waist Training Transformation

    Desire is a full-time nanny. With a demanding schedule, she had always struggled to fit in time to lose weight and exercise. She knew she had to try something different if she was going to make a lasting lifestyle change.

    Enter waist training. Desire tried the Clasica by Ann Chery as her first cincher. Once she saw just how effective it was at slimming her waist, it helped motivate her on her weight loss journey to move past her psychological hurdles.

    She decided to try waist training after seeing on social media just how much it was changing lives. She had nothing to lose! Immediately she started seeing changes in her trouble areas: the waist, lower abdomen and back.

    She chose the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery after extensive research. She decided that whatever she used should have latex in it, as it would boost perspiration for maximum effectiveness. Here are more reasons why she loved this particular garment:

    “Personally, I love the latex feeling because it's tight and doesn't more around. I also love this cincher because it comes with 3 bracket levels. As you begin to lose inches from your waist, your cincher becomes looser. With the 3 rows of hook-and-eye closures, I was able to find more use it in rather than purchase a new cincher every couple of months.”

    Starting to wear a waist trainer can be a bit of an adjustment if you’ve never done it before. When Desire first tried on her cincher, she immediately thought that she had order the wrong size! There is a trick to getting it on: start by attaching the lowest hooks around the narrowest part of your waist. Work your way up the garment and then pull it down over your lower abdomen.

    “After finally putting the trainer on, I felt like a million bucks. I loved how it enhanced my waist and how much slimmer I felt.”

    She was motivated to make it a part of her daily lifestyle. At first she only wore it at the gym for 1–2 hours a day, but eventually she worked up to 8 hours a day and more. She found that she could wear it effectively during her 9-hour work days. After two months of waist training, Desire met her goals and tightened her cincher to the next row of hooks.

    In the meantime she has been trying to improve her lifestyle all around by eating clean and working out for at least 30 minutes daily. Waist training has transformed the way she looks at herself:

    “My first garment mentally helped me feel better about myself. I started loving what I saw in the mirror when I had the garment on. It was like I couldn't go anywhere without my waist trainer on.”

    Her friends and family started noticing a positive difference in her as well. Desire highly recommends trying waist training if you’re a skeptic. After all, what do you have to lose?

    1. Lillie

    Lillie Hall Beautiful Waist Training Journey

    Lillie is a stay-at-home mom of a one-year-old boy and was preparing for her wedding day. She thought she’d give waist training a try in order to get her pre-baby body back. She chose Ann Chery Workout Trainer and documented her journey on Instagram. If Lillie looks familiar, you may recognize her from MTV's "Made," in which, as a teenager, she she received help from a UFC fighter to make her into beauty pageant queen.

    Lillie decided to try waist training after seeing the Hourglass Angel Instagram account. She had been frustrated ever since her son was born because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t tighten up her abdomen and lose 20 pounds of baby weight. Desperate to try anything, she did extensive research and ordered the Ann Chery Workout waist trainer due to its multiple positive reviews and the bright colors.

    Like many people who try waist training for the first time, she had difficulty getting it on in the beginning. But she was amazed at what she saw:

    “I saw an immediate difference. I was standing in front of my mirror so that I could see the difference after getting it on. I instantly saw my waist shrink and was so thrilled! I ran to find a cute fitted shirt to put on over it and was so happy to see how amazing my body looked wearing the waist trainer. I knew at that moment that, once I got used to it, I would want to wear it all the time.”

    She started to wear the waist trainer every day, working up to 8–12 hours daily. Lillie had it on whether she was working out, cleaning, running errands or relaxing. After wearing the waist trainer for some time, she continue to be amazed at the results:

    “The waist trainer absolutely met my expectations and then some! I honestly had a curvy hourglass shape naturally and didn't think it was going to make a huge difference in that area. Turns out that there was a wonderful difference made that I am beyond excited about! I am not only tiny all around, having almost completely lost my belly pooch, back fat, and side fat, but I'm also so much curvier than I ever thought I could be!”

    Lillie was motivated to maintain and active lifestyle and worked out 5 days a week with online exercise videos. She ate a nutrition shake in the morning a few small snacks a full meal at dinner—something she calls “the mom diet” because it’s all you have time for as a mom!

    She started noticing changes in her body after about 2–3 weeks and was able to size down after a month. Many of her friends and family have noticed her results and have asked her for her secrets. She’s been told that it doesn’t look like she ever had a baby at all! She encourages anyone who is thinking of trying waist training to go for it because everyone deserves such a boost in body confidence.

    1. Suzie

    Suzie Waist Training Transformation

    Suzie is an interior designer with an eye for fashion. She is very conscious of how she looks because it can give an impression about her work. Waist training seemed like a good way to firm up her midsection and emphasize her curves…but she was surprised that it did much more!

    Initially, Suzie started with a popular basic waist cincher: Perfect Waist by Squeem. Once she grew accustomed to wearing it, she wanted to take her training a step up and ordered the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery.

    When she first tried on her waist cincher, Suzie loved the way it felt: it was firm, snug and kept her warm. She had difficulty at first sitting with straight posture all day, but soon she learned to love the feeling. It had the added benefit of helping her control her eating habits.

    After waist training for over six months, Suzie was transformed:

    “I can see drastic results. My body has always been more of an hourglass shape, so it really helped emphasize that. I get so happy because I’ve had people tell me they really like how my waist is cinched, and that’s been when I’m not wearing one! I lost 4 inches more than I expected!”

    Suzie supplements her waist training routine with an active lifestyle; with her job she walks 4–7 miles a day. The waist trainer helps her have better portion control and healthier food choices. Sometimes she’ll indulge herself after a very active week.

    Another reason waist training has been a life-changing practice is because it helps her stay driven to put her health first:

    “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 in to signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.”

    It didn’t take long for Suzie to start seeing results, and her friends saw it too. After just a month of daily waist training she put before and after photos together and was completely shocked. If you’re thinking about waist training, she highly recommends it but also cautions to be realistic: true lifestyle change requires proper diet and exercise as well as shapewear. Another little tip: wear lotion to keep your skin hydrated while waist training.

    We’re hope you’re inspired to commit to a healthy lifestyle in 2017. If you want to start a waist training regimen, be sure to track your progress and be amazed at the before and after results.

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  • Our Top Waist Training Tips

    Best waist training tips for beginners

    Around here we love waist training! If you’re new, getting started can be a little overwhelming. We thought it would be helpful to compile all of our best waist training tips in one place. Whether you’re new to waist training or just need a little advice to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, there’s something here for you.

    So, let’s dig in!

    Choosing the Best Waist Trainer for You

    The first step to getting the most out of waist training is making sure that you’re picking the right one for you. Some questions to consider when selecting the ideal  waist trainer should be:

    Body type: are you tall, short, curvy or narrow-figured? Knowing your own shape and what type of shaping and support you need is important to helping you select the best option.

    • Petite figures: you may need a shorter waist trainer, so that it doesn't sit uncomfortably on your hips.
    • Tall and plus-size figures: you may need a longer waist trainer that provides more coverage on the abdomen, or a style that runs in larger sizes.
    • Curvy figures: if you need extra support in your bust or coverage for your back, consider a vest-style trainer. If you have a large bust-to-waist ratio, make sure you get straps that are adjustable so that you still get maximum compression around your waist and optimal support for your back.

    Waist training goals: are you trying to lose a lot of weight (following a pregnancy for example)? Do you want to wear a waist trainer when you work out? Are you planning on wearing a waist trainer daily?

    • If you plan on losing a lot of weight, we recommend either a three-row hookeye waist trainer or a lace-up corset so that you have more room to size down before replacing your waist trainer.
    • We highly recommend using a waist trainer during your workouts to maximize your efforts. Be sure to use a workout band designed specifically to hold up during intense movements.
    • If you plan on wearing a waist trainer daily, we highly recommend rotating at least two through your wardrobe. For some women it works to alternate between a workout band and everyday trainer, although others may also prefer to have several colors and styles to choose from.

    Style and material: do you have a sensitivity to latex? Do you like bright prints and colors? Would you prefer a lace-up style?

    • Our most popular waist trainers are constructed from latex, due to the material’s effectiveness in providing maximum compression for long hours of use. If you have a sensitivity or dislike of latex, you may prefer a latex-free cincher or a steel-boned corset.
    • There are endless styles available when it comes to colors and prints. Most of our brightly colored waist trainers are designed for workouts (great for showing off at the gym), but some women simply prefer wearing them every day because they are so much fun. However, if you’re wearing light colored clothes, you may prefer the more subtle black or nude options.
    • Some women prefer corseting as their type of waist training—using a steel-boned corset instead of a latex waist cincher. It’s really a matter of preference…a corset can be more durable and may provide more dramatic results when you’re wearing it. It’s also perfectly customizable since you can tighten it to the exact compression you want.

    Getting Your Size Right

    Some of the most frequent questions we get about waist training are about sizing. We’ve carefully curated and tested all of our waist trainers and know all the nuances when it comes to sizing and fit. So even if you can’t try one on before ordering, you can ensure that you get your size right if you follow these essential tips:

    Make sure you have the right style for your needs: sometimes customers mistakenly think they have a sizing issue, when really the issue is more with the style they have selected. Find the right type of garment first. Then be sure to get the right size.

    Take accurate measurements: it’s vitally important that you take measurements whenever you are ready to order a waist trainer, even if you think you know your size. Here’s how to get it right:

    • Use a vinyl or fabric tape measure. Anything else just won’t be as accurate.
    • Your most important measurement is your waist. You might find on some shapewear garments that you need to take measurements for the bust, hips and waist, but for waist trainers, the waist is the only measurement that really matters.
    • Measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is about two inches above your belly button—where there is a natural bend in your torso.
    • Be sure you’re holding the tape measure level when you take your measurement. We recommend doing it in front of the mirror.
    • The tape should lie flat against your skin or a narrow tank. Don’t pull it so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath, and don’t let it be loose so that it droops. 

    Follow our sizing charts exactly. We have tested every garment and adjusted the size charts accordingly. Do not simply rely on what you think your size is, as each brand can vary. Take your waist measurement and then line it up according to a specific garment’s chart. Note that some waist trainers have number sizes, but these numbers aren’t the same as your waist measurement. For example, on most steel-boned corsets, the number is 3–4 less than your waist measurement in inches.

    Remember: a smaller size does not mean better results! Some people mistakenly think that getting a size smaller will make them look better. But you’ll be in for a shock; when a waist trainer is too small, the results are extremely unflattering and uncomfortable. Stick to your size; and when in doubt (or in between sizes), go with the bigger size. Otherwise you risk having a “spillover” effect, being uncomfortable, and potentially damaging the garment.

    Trying Your Waist Trainer On

    If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you might be in for a bit of a surprise when you try it on for the first time! When it fits correctly, a waist trainer will feel very tight; you should not be able to bend at all at your torso. However, it should not be so tight that it is pinching or restricting your breathing at all. When fully fastened, it should be very flattering for your figure; as mentioned above, there should be no “spillover,” which would indicate that the waist trainer is too small. Never try to force the clasps! If you do, they may break. You shouldn’t have to yank on the garment in order to get it to fit.

    How to fasten a hook-and-eye cincher:

    • Start at the bottom of the garment, pulling together the hook and eye at the narrowest part of your waist. Use the loosest setting.
    • Work your way up the garment, fastening from bottom to top, always at the narrowest part of your waist.
    • Pull the garment down over your abdomen as you fasten it.
    • By the time it is all fastened your waist trainer will be very snug! But it shouldn’t pinch or cause pain. 

    How to put on a steel-boned corset:

    • Make sure the clasps on the front are fastened. Never yank on these, as you can cause damage.
    • Use a mirror or ask a friend to help as you tighten the laces in back.
    • Tighten the loops the same way you would tighten your shoelaces, only starting from the outside and working your way in. You will tie the laces at the middle, at the narrowest part of your waist.
    • A corset needs to be seasoned before you can tighten it all the way. For the first several times you wear it, fasten it snugly but not as tight as it will go. Wear it about an hour a day for a week or two until it molds to your shape. Then you can start pulling the laces as tight as you want. 

    Following a Waist Training Regimen 

    For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day. However, you will have to work your way up to that goal, as there is a bit of an adjustment period. Here’s how to get started:

    • Start by wearing your waist trainer for an hour or two a day. It should be on a looser setting when you start out.
    • Add a half hour to an hour of wear each day. If needed you can break it up into two sessions a day. In the beginning you can also skip a day if desired.
    • You should be up to at least eight hours a day after you have been wearing your waist trainer for about two weeks. From there on out you can adjust your plan according to your needs.
    • Remember that waist training works best with a healthy diet with nutritious whole foods, and regular exercise. You should especially be working on strengthening your core (here are some great moves to get you started).
    • We highly recommend having at least two waist trainers to rotate through your wardrobe so that they can rest, be cleaned and perform optimally.
    • Be sure to take progress pictures and take your measurements so that you can see the progress you’re making!
    • Once your waist trainer is starting to feel loose even when fastened to its tightest setting, it’s time to order a smaller size! Celebrate!

    Good luck! Be sure to bookmark this page or print it out, so you can easily refer back to these tips when you need them. And don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about waist training.

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  • How to Wear a Waist Trainer Under Your Clothes

    Wearing waist trainers under clothing

    A waist trainer is a must-have piece of your holiday and winter wardrobe (actually, it’s a must-have for all year!). But can it work well under every type of outfit?

    To understand how to make the most of your waist trainer for everyday use, it’s important to have a good grasp on several factors that will help you enhance your look for any season:

    • How committed you are to a waist training regimen
    • Choosing the right waist trainer for your body type
    • Your personal style and fabric preferences

    Once you know your preferences and needs when it comes to these factors, working waist trainers into your wardrobe is much easier. Use this handy guide to see how these factors play a distinct role, and then find our specific tips for how to wear waist trainers discreetly underneath your clothing.

    Your Waist Training Commitment

    Knowing how often you’ll be wearing a waist trainer can greatly affect your wardrobe decisions. To wear a waist trainer under your clothes, it’s helpful to know how often you’ll be wearing one and thus how many you should own. Not all are created alike, and the more frequently you wear one, the more likely you’ll need to have multiple options in your closet.

    To get the maximum results from waist training, we recommend following a plan in which you wear a waist trainer for about 8–12 hours a day. This ensures that you’re getting maximum compression around your core, which stimulates thermal activity and contributes to your waist-slimming effort. (Not sure how to begin? Start here.)

    If you’re committed to an everyday plan, you will want at least two waist trainers to rotate through your wardrobe, in order to alternate them and let them rest. Giving your waist trainers a break allows them to contract and breathe for the best results—and you can also keep them clean. It also gives you the opportunity to try different colors and materials. At the very least you should have a workout band for when you’re exercising and then an everyday trainer for the rest of the time.

    On the other hand, if you’re not entirely committed to a daily waist training practice yet, you might only have one waist trainer in your wardrobe that you pull out for workouts or special occasions. In that case, you might want to make that selection carefully depending on when you want to wear it.

    Choosing the Right Waist Trainer for Your Body Type

    Do you know what your basic natural body type is?

    In order for your waist trainer to look its best under your clothes, it absolutely has to fit correctly, so that it enhances the curves you have. Otherwise, no matter what you wear on top, you’re not going to get the most flattering results. Knowing your body type when choosing a waist trainer is vital.

    Every body type is naturally beautiful, and each comes with its unique shaping challenges. But in general, every body type can benefit from wearing a waist trainer. If you need to create curves, cinching of the waist can better emphasize your hips and your bust. Conversely if you are already very curvy, a waist trainer can help you smooth and control those curves. And pretty much everyone benefits from a slimmer, flatter tummy and smaller waist measurement.

    Knowing your body type helps you select the best waist trainer for your needs. For example, if you need extra bust support you may want to choose a vest-style waist trainer. If you are on the short side you may choose a petite waist trainer; conversely if you’re tall, you may need a long torso variety.

    Once you’ve selected the ideal waist trainer for your body type, make sure you know how to put it on and that it fits correctly. Follow our sizing charts posted on the product descriptions. We have carefully curated each garment on our website and have adjusted the sizing charts accordingly. Make sure that you have measured the narrowest part of your waist, about two inches above the belly button, and that you’ve chosen the matching size on the chart. Choosing a garment that fits perfectly will ensure that your clothing falls in a flattering way over the top.

    Here are some trying-on tips for when you receive your order:

    • If you have a hook-and-eye closure waist trainer, start fastening from the bottom of the garment around the narrowest part of your waist. As you work your way up the cincher, pull it down over your abdomen.
    • If you are using a lace-up corset, use a mirror or find a friend to help you try it on. Make sure the front is clasped first. Tighten the laces in back by starting from the top and bottom and working your way towards the center.
    • Never force what doesn’t fit. While your waist trainer should be tight, you shouldn’t have to yank on it to put it on—otherwise you risk damaging the garment.
    • Be sure to break in your garment before you start a waist training regimen. Wear a latex waist cincher for an hour or two at a time for a couple of days before you start wearing it for longer hours. A steel-boned corset needs to be worn several times, loosely, for about an hour at a time, before you can tighten it all the way.

    Planning for Your Personal Style

    How you prefer to dress is a huge variable when it comes to how a waist trainer will work underneath your clothes. Some questions to ask yourself when pairing your clothes with a waist trainer include:

    • Fabric: will you be wearing thick or thin materials? Note that if you wear very light materials, the hooks on a waist trainer may show through.
    • Color: are you wearing light or dark? If you’re wearing light or sheer fabrics, a colorful print or dark colors on your waist trainer can show through.
    • Cut: are you wearing fitted tops or dresses, particularly those with lighter fabrics? It’s possible for the seams on a waist trainer to show. And obviously crop tops don’t pair well.

    If you have some clothing styles that might pose some problems with waist trainers, don’t worry. There are some ways to still make it work.

    Sneaky Tips for Wearing a Waist Trainer Discreetly

    If you want to commit to daily waist training, but some of your personal style doesn’t seem to work well, don’t despair. There are some ways to continue wearing a waist trainer without sacrificing your favorite outfits.

    • Use a shapewear alternative on the days when you are wearing thin or light-colored fabric in which a waist trainer might show through. We have a variety of seamless waist-slimming garments that will still provide compression around your waistline without showing. Try shaping panties, bodysuits and high-waist shaping leggings, to name a few. By wearing shapewear instead of a waist trainer on some days, you won’t set your waist training efforts back.
    • Try a no-closure waist trainer, which won’t have any of the seams and hooks that would show through your clothes.
    • Make sure you’re choosing a color and pattern that won’t pop through. Many styles of workout bands are designed for showing off at the gym with colorful prints, but they aren’t ideal underneath a white blouse.
    • As mentioned above, rotate several styles of waist trainers through your wardrobe. Nude and black waist trainers are ideal for everyday use.
    • Incorporate waist trainers into your personal style, rather than trying to conceal them! Many women are embracing the fun prints that you can show off at the gym or out on a run. You might also enjoy the vintage look you can get from a lace-up corset used as outerwear. Simply put it on over a thin lacy blouse.

    Wearing a waist trainer under your clothes can be a little tricky if you’re not accustomed to it, but once you’ve figured out how to make it work, it shouldn’t be difficult to incorporate it into your personal style effortlessly.

    Even if you discover that you’re not wearing certain styles of clothing as often as you used to, you might find that it’s worth it just because of the flattering benefits to your waistline. And don’t forget—it won’t completely set you back to skip a day of waist training every now and then, especially if you’ve been very committed to the practice. After all, why work so hard when you can’t show off your tiny waist off in swimwear or your cute little top?

    Finally, if need more specific style suggestions, particularly for special occasions or simply finding the perfect waist trainer, our customer service team is happy to help. Our expert stylists use waist trainers and other shapewear themselves and can give you the specific advice you need to perfect any look, no matter what your style. Contact our team – we're here to help!

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  • “Waist Training” without a Corset? Yep. Here's How…

    How to stay skinny without waist training

    It’s no secret around here that we’re big fans of waist training as a part of a healthy lifestyle plan. But believe it or not, waist training isn’t the only factor when it comes to whittling your waist.

    While wearing a corset can be a very effective supplement for your weight loss plan and can really help emphasize those hourglass curves, there are still 3 crucial factors that affect your long-term goals:

    • Your diet
    • Exercise consistency
    • Your overall health

    Even if you’re a fan of waist training, at some point you might want a break or you may not do it as consistently (for example, if it’s summer time and you’re spending a lot of time in a bathing suit or in tops that reveal your midsection). Yet you don’t want to lose your progress, right?

    While nothing can replace the effectiveness of a corset to create a tiny waist and dramatic curves, there are several key healthy lifestyle factors that you should follow should you want to keep that waist looking slim year round. You might be surprised at what they are!

    1. Adequate Sleep

    There’s a reason they call it beauty rest. Your body not only needs to rest and recharge, but regular sleep also helps regulate your hormone levels. People who regularly experience seven or more hours of sleep are more likely to weigh less than those who experience less sleep—particularly less than five hours.

    When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces more of the hormone ghrelin, which signals your brain that it’s time to eat. What’s more, your leptin levels plummet—and leptin is the chemical that tells your brain you’re full. In other words, when you’re tired you have two forces working against you telling you you’re hungry when you really don’t need to eat (source).

    It makes sense when you think about it, regardless of what hormones are at work. When you’re tired and grumpy, you’re more likely to reach for that sugary latte for energy or binge eat on those sweets. You’re less likely to stick to your exercise plan and go for a power nap or caffeine boost instead. What’s more, your metabolism doesn’t fire on all cylinders, which means those extra calories get stored as fat.

    Motivated to get more rest? Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day. Avoid caffeine 5–6 hours before bedtime. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine and turn off electronics at least an hour before you go to sleep. Don’t bring your work to your bedroom—make it a place of calm. Finally, ensure that it is dark and free of artificial light during sleeping hours.

    1. Less Stress

    We all know that stress can be harmful to our health, and yes, it can also affect the way we look. When you’re under stress, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which in turn increases insulin, which in turn makes your blood sugar drop and leads to cravings for sugary and fatty snacks (source). You can see why chronic stress can lead to chronic cravings for sugar! And once again, it makes sense when you think about it—aren’t you more likely to reach for the sweets when you’re under a lot of pressure?

    Stress isn’t always a bad thing because it can help you perform under pressure, but if you’re constantly under the gun, you might want to consider how you can change it. First, ensure that you’re getting enough sleep (see above). Carve time in your schedule for stress-reducing activities including exercise, meditation or prayer, and time with loved ones.

    1. Smart Food Choices

    There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what exactly “healthy” means. In general, avoid fads and supplements and stick to the basics: whole, unprocessed foods consumed in moderate amounts.

    Go easy on the alcohol. Not only do the extra carb calories go straight to your belly, but alcohol irritates your intestines and can cause bloating. Not flattering. You don’t have to give it up entirely, but limit yourself to a couple of drinks a couple of days a week. Your body needs time to recover. And if you do go a little overboard, eat eggs the next morning. They help clean up the toxins in your liver and will help you feel full.

    Consume healthy oils. It’s generally common knowledge now that the “low-fat” trend of the ‘80s and ‘90s was disastrously misleading. The right kinds of fats are an essential part of a healthy diet because they actually help you burn fat—especially around your waist. You’ll want oils that are high in omega 3 fatty acids. Great options to include in your diet include oily fish like salmon and mackerel, olive oil, linseed oil, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

    Get your whole grains. Many people are fearful of carbs, but like fats, the right carbs are an essential part of a healthy weight. Whole grains help your body burn fat more efficiently. They also aid in digestion, which can clear out toxins in the gut and help you shed excess pounds. And don’t just limit yourself to wheat bread; try brown rice, bulgur, oatmeal, corn, whole oats, whole rye and wild rice.

    1. The Right Core Exercises

    Think doing hundreds of sit-ups will help? They only target one section of your core muscles, when you really should be focusing on all of them. There are many exercises that are much more effective at strengthening your core and burning fat.

    Here are some suggestions to get you started. We also recommend incorporating high-intensity cardio and additional strength training to increase your endurance and boost your metabolism so you can burn away the belly fat. Try this 20-day jumpstart plan, which can be done with or without waist training—although we still highly recommend you at least do you workouts while wearing a workout band.

    Remember, just like waist training, the longer you follow these steps, the better! By focusing on an overall lifestyle change, instead of just the instant satisfaction of slimming your waistline with a corset, you could begin to see positive changes in your body (and in your attitud

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  • How to Wear a Waist Trainer Correctly

    Waist training beginner plan and tips

    Starting a waist training regimen can be a major lifestyle change. If you’re not accustomed to wearing a waist trainer, don’t just jump right in without making sure that you’re following a realistic plan—one that will produce results!

    Here’s a handy guide for beginners that explains how to wear a waist trainer correctly, how to choose the best garment for your lifestyle and body type, and what kind of schedule to follow when you start.

    Defining Waist Training

    There’s some confusion out there about what waist training even means, so let’s start by getting this part straight…

    Waist training is the practice of wearing a corset or cincher regularly, with the goals of accentuating your curves and reducing your natural waist. Tight compression around your midsection, ideally in combination with a healthy diet and regular fitness, can help your personal slim-down journey. And the instantly slimming is drastic – often taking 2-3 inches off your waistline while you wear the garment.

    You can be any body type, any size, to experience success with waist training. It works in several ways. The compression around your core increases thermal activity and perspiration in your midsection, which can be especially effective during your workouts. Waist trainers also immediately improve your posture and help you drop several inches from your waist when you wear them, boosting your confidence and helping you stay motivated on your slim-down journey.

    Finally, you may have better portion control when wearing a waist trainer, as overeating will not be comfortable. All of these factors contribute to some incredible results that women of all shapes and sizes love.

    How to Choose the Right Waist Trainer

    Our expert stylists at Hourglass Angel have curated and tested countless waist trainers, and we only offer the very best that are available. But if you take a glance around our store, the choices might still feel overwhelming! Let us help you narrow it down; there are several factors that you may want to consider when choosing your perfect waist trainer.

    Lifestyle:

    • Do you plan on working out in your waist trainer? (We highly recommend it!). Be sure to snag a workout band, which helps you sweat more in all the right places when you exercise.
    • Are you a career woman who needs to look sharp every day at the office? Try an everyday cincher in a neutral color that is easy to hide underneath your clothes.
    • Are you a new mom wanting to lose the baby weight? Try a garment with three rows of hooks so you have lots of space to size down.

    Material:

    • The most popular material used for waist trainers is latex, which is durable and provides firm compression all day.
    • Have sensitivity to latex? No problem.
    • For a more traditional lace-up style of corseting, try a steel-boned corset, which can provide even more dramatic results.
    • Want something light and comfortable? Try a no-closure cincher or a cotton waist trainer.

    Body Type:

    • If you’re petite, you may need a shorter waist trainer.
    • We have a selection of styles ideal for plus sizes as well.
    • If you need extra bust support, consider a vest style (and if your bust-to-waist ratio is particularly large, consider one with adjustable straps for the ideal fit!).
    • Long torso? Consider getting a longer waist trainer for better coverage.

    Need more help finding the perfect waist trainer? Check out more details from this guide.

    Can’t pick just one? We actually recommend that you use two or more! This way you can rotate them through your wardrobe, let them rest and keep them clean.

    How to Order the Right Size

    Once you’ve found your perfect match, it’s vital that your waist trainer fits like a glove. Our customized sizing guides are there to help you pick the right size. Don’t rely on your dress size or pant size, as these might not be consistent with each garment. Different brands can run large or small, so trust us—we’ve tested them.

    The most important measurement for your waist trainer is obvious: your waist. Use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape to measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is about two inches above your belly button, where there is a natural bend in your torso. Make sure that the tape lies flat against your skin (or over a light tank) and that it is level with the floor. While the tape should press against you, it should not be pulled so tight that you couldn’t slip a finger underneath.

    Once you’ve taken your waist measurement—which you should do whenever you order a new waist trainer—consult the corresponding sizing chart posted on the product page carefully. If the waist trainer comes in a number size, don’t assume that the number is the same as your waist measurement. This is especially important for lace-up corsets and a few select brands of waist cinchers.

    Need more sizing help? Check out our sizing guide.

    How to Put On Your New Waist Trainer

    This is one of our favorite parts! Waist trainers can be a little tricky to put on if you’ve never tried them before. They will feel very tight, but you shouldn’t have to yank on the clasps in order to get them on (otherwise you risk damaging them!).

    With a waist cincher, start clasping the hooks at the bottom of the garment in front of your body. It works best if you clasp them around the narrowest part of your waist and then pull the garment down over your abdomen as you go. Ideally when you start a waist training regimen, your garment should fit best on the loosest setting so that you have room to size down. Wear your waist trainer for about an hour at a time the first couple of times you wear it so it can break it in.

    If you are using a lace-up corset, the process is different because you’ll be lacing it in the back. This takes some practice and you might want to ask someone to help you the first couple of times you do it. It’s somewhat like tightening shoelaces, only you work from the top and the bottom of the corset towards the middle of your back.

    Once it is tight, fasten the laces. Note that corsets need to be seasoned (broken in) before you pull them as tight as they will go. For the first several times you wear one, don’t pull it as tight as it will go but only as firm as it can stay on comfortably without sliding around. Wear it for an hour or two at a time for a few days before you lace it up tightly. Check out the ultimate corset training guide for more tips specific to steel-boned corsets.

    If your waist trainer appears to cause any bulging, pain or shortness of breath, it does not fit correctly and you should take it off immediately. If you are not accustomed to wearing one it may be uncomfortable to wear for an extended period. That’s why we recommend a gradual introduction to waist training to help your body adjust.

    7-Day Plan to Start Waist Training

    Once you have the ideal waist trainer and have ensured that it fits and is broken in, the best way to get started is to jump right in! Here’s a 7-day plan for beginners. By the end of a week you should have a pretty good feel for what an ongoing waist training regimen should feel like. Be sure to take a selfie and record your waist measurements before you start so you can track your progress.

    • Day 1: Aim for 2 hours of wear for your waist trainer today.
    • Day 2: Wear your waist trainer for 2–3 hours. Try incorporating cardio with a workout band and see how it feels.
    • Day 3: Aim for 3–4 hours today. If needed, you may break it up into two shorter sessions. Remember to be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and consuming nutritious foods in small portions throughout the day (5–6 small meals is ideal).
    • Day 4: Today you should be wearing your waist trainer for 4–5 hours. If you haven’t already, try doing some strength training exercises that focus on your core.
    • Day 5: You guessed it, we’re up to about 6 hours by now! Remember to break it up if you need a breather.
    • Day 6: Almost there! Aim for 6–7 hours.
    • Day 7: By the end of the week you should be wearing your waist trainer for about 8 hours, or a full work day. This is the recommended minimum for an ongoing waist training regimen. As you grow accustomed to how it feels, you can aim to wear it for 8–12 hours on most days.

    Remember to listen to your body and adjust if necessary. Everyone’s body is different when it comes to a lifestyle change, so be patient and take care of yourself.

    When You’ll See Results

    You’ll notice right away that the waist trainer makes you look slimmer, and hopefully that will help you stay motivated to keep wearing it! Long-term results depend on a variety of factors including your fitness level before and during your waist training plan, how committed you are to waist training, your diet, your natural body shape and your genetics. Generally, many women tend to see noticeable results after a few weeks of dedicated wear. Be sure to keep track of your progress by measuring your waist and taking progress pictures, so you can keep track of your results!

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