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  • Corsets 101: Basics You Need To Know

    How to get started with corsets & corseting

    Waist training has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and we’re so excited about it! While most of our customers are familiar with latex waist training garments, not as many people know that corsets are another great option.

    Here's everything you need to know about corseting and how to make it a part of your waist training regimen or special-occasion wardrobe.

    What is a corset?

    Corsets are waist-slimming garments that have been around for centuries. Interesting fact: hundreds of years ago, some corsets were constructed with whale bones! These days, steel “boning” is what makes them effective as they compress your midsection to create a classic hourglass shape.

    Unlike their latex cousins, which have plastic boning and hook-and-eye closures in the front, corsets are often made from luxurious satin or satin-like fabric and are tightened in the back with lacing. They are effective for everyday waist training if that is your preference. Corsets are also fantastic special-occasion garments that create dramatic curves and can even be worn over a thin top for style (great for those sexy Halloween costumes, too!).

    How do corsets work?

    Corsets basically work the same way other waist trainers do: they compress your midsection. When you put a corset on, the fabric and steel boning work together to whittle your middle and maintain that skinny figure for as long as you wear it. This has several effects, including improving posture (the boning actually makes you stand taller and more confidently), helping you control portion sizes and of course slimming your waistline dramatically.

    Why is steel boning necessary?

    If you’ve ever laced up a corset, you’ll know that it requires a significant yank to get it tight. This puts some pressure on the garment (in centuries past, it wasn’t uncommon for the whale boning to break). Steel ensures that a corset is durable through multiple uses and provides maximum compression on your midsection as long as you’re wearing it. A corset can provide the most dramatic results on your waistline.

    How to find the right corset

    Which corset is right for you depends on your body shape and size, as well as your style preferences. A corset can be flattering for virtually any body type. As with every shaping garment, follow the sizing chart closely to ensure the best fit. If you seem to be in between sizes, always go a size up.

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  • 6 Quick Steps to Feeling Confident and Sexy

    Boost your self-image with these tips

    What does it mean to be sexy? You might think that it has to do with looking like a supermodel…but in reality, it has more to do with a state of mind.

    Self-confidence and body positivity are directly related to sex drive. Think about it: don’t you just feel sexier when you’re feeling great about yourself? Anyone can be sexy with the right state of mind. Here are quick tips that can transform confidence, starting now.

    1. Set the right foundation with the right intimates everyday

    Why save the good stuff for special occasions? You can greatly boost your self-confidence with a great wardrobe that flatters your body type. And every great wardrobe starts with the right foundations. Even if no one sees it, you will feel great if you love what’s on underneath. It can be something frilly and flirty if that’s your style, or it can be something that enhances your figure. The point is: it should be comfortable and make you feel good about yourself!

    1. Enhance your curves with waist trainers and butt-lifting garments

    If the Kardashians aren’t shy about using waist trainers and shapewear, why should you be? Even if you’re not naturally an hourglass shape, it is so easy to enhance your curves with minimal effort. Just try it, and watch your level of confidence and sexiness skyrocket. Most shapewear can be easily hidden underneath a variety of outfits, so nobody has to know your secret.

    1. Embrace yourself

    You are already amazing, exactly as you are. Learn to love yourself now, as opposed to ten pounds from now. Toss negativity out the window and embrace every inch of yourself, even if you are trying to get more fit.

    1. Accentuate the positive

    Do you know your best features? Choose outfits and accessories that flatter what you do have, rather than obsessing over what you don’t have. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

    1. Stay determined

    Focus on the long game. Remember that attitude is sexy, not a number on the scale. If you’re trying to lose weight or get fit, celebrate the small victories and don’t be discouraged when big changes take time. Focus on enjoying the journey rather than obsessing over your destination.

    1. Pamper yourself

    Nothing deflates the spirit more than constantly depriving yourself of the little luxuries in life. Have a cheat meal every now and then—and love every second of it. Give yourself permission to take time off and indulge in your favorite activities. Loving yourself—inside and out—is key to feeling great and portraying that sexy confidence. 

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  • Why Our Customers Love Corsets

    Steel-boned corsets

    Many of our happiest customers are in love with our waist training cinchers, but have you tried a steel-boned corset?

    Corseting is a tried-and-true method for slimming your waist. The durable construction and tight lacing ensures that you get the most dramatic results (several inches off your waist), plus certain corsets can double as sexy garments for party costumes and special occasions. You can use a corset for regular waist training or take yours out for special events when you really want to have the “wow” factor. Corsets are also built to last and are perfectly customizable to your waist size.

    If you’re intrigued, you might want to know what real customers are saying about our elegant corsets:

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03
    “This was my first experience with a waist-training corset, and I am beyond pleased with the results! After two weeks of wear, my waist is already an inch smaller than when I started. The construction is superb and definitely delivers results. Love it!” - Abby K

    Veronica Underbust Waist Cincher Corset By Timeless Trends TUD-210 Veronica Underbust Waist Cincher Corset By Timeless Trends TUD-210
    “I am very satisfied with the fit and feel and it is very easy to adjust. It is comfortably to wear and instantly reduced my waist size by inches. It truly creates an hourglass figure!” - Becc72

    Silk Floral Brocade Corset

    Silk Floral Brocade Corset
    “I have ALWAYS wanted an old fashioned corset and when I cinched my waist for the first time I instantly knew why. I felt so sexy and feminine and others could see the difference it made right away. I'm not a small girl (I wear a 14), so if I cinch too much I have a problem with upper back fat. Still I love it!” - Kimberlyn T

    Nude Sand Underbust Corset TUB-210

    Nude Sand Underbust Corset TUB-210
    “I love it...it fits perfectly...as a bonus I eat less when I wear it while out and about...it also gives me that added support to make my back feel better during a long day...and my husband loves the way it makes my chest sit up while slimming my waist line further...and all in all its A1 in my book!!!” - Heidi C

    All Laced Up Underbust Corset By Timeless Trends S-45 All Laced Up Underbust Corset By Timeless Trends S-45
    “Great waist- trainer that gave quick results. It's kind of a shock at first, but once you get used to it, it really draws you in! Very attractive, too.” - Nancy R.

    Brocade Design Underbust Corset By Bonitaz 049

    Brocade Design Underbust Corset By Bonitaz 049
    “I am very pleased with this corset. I am naturally thicker at the bottom with a smaller top. Having some issues getting my waistline back after pregnancy. This corset has helped jumpstart my results of course with the help of exercise and eating properly. It's comfortable (if you have experience with waist training corsets) and it has a beautiful appearance in case you want to wear it outside of your clothing. It is especially helpful if you have a short torso like me. It has helped me with portion control, posture and it's easy to adjust. Have not taken measurements yet to calculate the difference however I constantly have to tighten it. Very pleased...” - Charlie

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  • A Complete Guide to Waist Trainers, Waist Cinchers, Waist Trimmers and Corsets

    Understanding waist trainers and waist-slimming shapewear

    If you’re new to the world of shapewear and waist training, you may be a little confused by all the different types of garments available. But once you get familiar with how they all work, it’s not too difficult to understand which products and methods are best suited for your body and goals.

    Here's a little glossary to help you understand your core options when it comes to slimming your waist:

    1. Waist Trainer

    This is a general term used to describe a product that can be used as part of a waist training regimen. Waist training, by definition, is the practice of wearing a corset or waist cincher regularly to instantly slim your waist, while also supplementing a fitness goal of reducing your natural waist size.

    High-compression waist trainers, generally constructed with latex and cotton lining, slim your waistline by 1 to 4 inches while you wear them. The latex also stimulates heat in your core, which increases perspiration during physical activity – so it's a great way to maximize workouts.

    If you're considering a long-term waist-training regimen, we recommend creating a daily plan to wear your waist trainer for several hours (ultimately 8–12 hours a day once you’re in full swing).

    1. Waist Cincher

    The term "waist cincher" is sometimes used synonymously with "waist trainer," so be sure to check the product description for specific features. But generally, we use the term "cincher" to describe waist-training garments that are designed for everyday wear: under work attire, with weekend outfits or basically any other clothes. Like workout waist trainers, these too are usually constructed with latex for optimal compression (although we do have very effective latex-free options). They also use flexible plastic boning to stay in place and two or three rows hook-and-eye clasps so you can adjust to the size you need.

    Waist cinchers come in several varieties. Some are more ideal for workouts, while others are designed for everyday activities or special-occasion outfits.

    1. Waist Trimmer

    "Waist trimmer" is a loose term that can describe any type of garment that slims or smooths your waistline. Most of our shapewear options have tummy-trimming features that will eliminate muffin top and create an ideal foundation for your wardrobe. These include shaping camis, shaping panties and a variety of bodysuits and shorts shapers. These garments are generally lighter and thinner than traditional waist trainers and thus provide less compression.

    1. Corset

    A corset is a particular type of waist trainer that is often used as a special occasion garment. Corsets are constructed with steel boning for maximum compression and are tightened with laces. They are often very rigid and produce the most dramatic results. Using a corset versus a cincher is entirely a personal preference.

    Need some help determining which garment is right for you? Give us a buzz! Our Shapewear Stylists are here to help you find the right shapewear for your body shape and goals.

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  • 4 Ways to Get Fit after Pregnancy

    How to slim down following pregnancy

     

    We hear it so often from our customers: “How do I get my body back after pregnancy?” You’ve worked hard carrying that baby around in your belly (actually, you still are working hard), so you deserve to feel great about your body.

    Here are four tips for feeling like your old self again—and even better!

    1. Eat smart.

    Let’s be honest: you know you should eat right, but when you’re sleep-deprived and adjusting to life with a newborn, it is sooooo hard to have healthy, unprocessed meals. But if you want to feel and look your best, this should be one of the top priorities.

    For starters, drink lots of water and limit the caffeine and alcohol. Next, try to eat five to six small meals a day instead of three big ones. Include a balance of protein, healthy fats and unprocessed carbs in your diet. If needed, get help! Ask for assistance from your partner, a nutritionist, or even a meal-planning service. And don't go on any extreme diets without talking to your doctor.

    1. Exercise smart.

    It sure can feel like a lot of exercise when you’re carrying a baby on your hip all day. But for the best results you need the right kind of training.

    In addition to aerobic cardio, you need strength training and higher intensity interval training (HIIT) to build up your muscle strength—especially in your core. To make it work, try going to a gym that provides childcare (it will be a nice break!). You can also do workout videos in your home while your baby naps, or join a local stroller fitness group.

    1. Use a waist trainer.

    So many of our customers absolutely love the results a waist trainer can provide during your post-pregnancy weight loss journey (check out this true story!). It’s an effective way to slim down your waistline—immediately—even while you’re still working on dropping the pounds. See here for more postpartum waist training tips.

    1. Be patient.

    It takes time for your body to go through a pregnancy and it will also take time to recover from one. If you’re feeling impatient, focus on the progress you make—even the little milestones! Instead of obsessing over the numbers on the scale, take photos of your progress each week. You might be surprised at the little changes you start noticing.

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  • 6 Tips to Keep Your Curves While Losing Weight

    How to stay curvy when you lose weight

    When you’re planning to slim down, one common fear is that you’ll slim down in all the wrong places! It can be frustrating to watch the scale numbers go down while your bust and butt gets smaller and your waistline doesn’t budge.

    While the way you are shaped is primarily genetic and there’s not a whole lot you can do about that, you can still do a few things that can help you enhance your curves in all the right places. Here are some quick tips you should keep in mind on your weight loss journey.

    1. Eat a Balanced Diet

    Starving yourself will not only make you feel terrible; your metabolism will slow down and you will not get the slim and sexy results you want. You need a balance of healthy fats, proteins and yes, even carbs (stick to produce and whole grains). We recommend ditching the processed stuff as much as possible and eating whole foods. To maintain curves you need at least a little amount of body fat. A healthy shape and glow starts with your diet.

    1. Do Anaerobic Training

    Think endless hours on the treadmill will help you reach your goals? While aerobic cardio is good for your health, you need to do more than that in order to see results in your build. We recommend doing anaerobic exercise regularly, including high intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training. This will help you build muscle mass to replace the fat that you’re losing—and you can target specific areas of your body that you want to tone, like your butt and legs. (See our previous post about tips for burning fat).

    1. Try Belly Dancing

    This is a super-effective and fun way to mix up your workouts! It will help you burn a lot of calories while building muscle tone in all the right places in your core, legs and arms—not to mention, it might help you carry yourself in some sexy and exotic ways ).

    1. Use a Waist Trainer

    If you’re sick of that baggy look around your middle, a waist trainer might just be the thing you’re looking for. Wearing one during workouts will help you sweat harder and up the intensity for a better burn. And wearing one as part of your everyday wardrobe is an excellent supplement to your healthy lifestyle plan. You’ll be less likely to overeat, you’ll have better posture, and best of all—your waist will be slim while your bust will get a nice boost.

    1. Use Shapewear for Your Body Type

    If you’re familiar with your body type, then you’ll know which areas you need to enhance for a balanced, hourglass look. Check out these tips to discover which shapers are most effective for different body shapes.

    1. Don’t Give Up

    Transitioning to a healthy lifestyle can create some pretty drastic changes in some of us, depending on where we start. If you’re losing pounds in the double digits, you might be surprised about all the ways your body changes, like looser skin and a smaller butt. Don’t be alarmed and don’t give up; keep eating well and toning up those muscles and you’ll have beautiful results.

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  • 5 Ways to Burn Fat, Fast

    The most effective fat-burning methods

    One of the common questions we get regarding waist training is whether this practice can help you burn fat. While waist training isn’t directly “burning” fat (many waist trainers heat up your core and increase your perspiration during fitness activities), we find that many of our happiest customers are those who are using waist training to supplement a healthy lifestyle change.

    If you want to get the most out of your waist training regimen, then we highly recommend implementing these simple lifestyle changes that will help you burn off the excess fat your body is storing.

    1. Strength Training

    Many people, especially women, make the mistake of doing lots of cardio without any muscle strengthening, especially with weights. But don’t worry ladies—unless you are intentionally body building with extreme lifting and excessive protein, you are not going to “bulk up.” Strength training is important because it helps your body burn more calories even when you’re resting, while your muscles repair themselves. In other words: strength training increase your metabolic rate, which leads to fat loss. So don’t hesitate to pick up those dumbbells, at least 2–3 times a week (recommended with a waist trainer!). 

    1. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

    This is a very effective way to do cardio versus running mindlessly on a treadmill. You alternate heart-pounding anaerobic intervals with short rest periods. It works because when your heart is pumping that hard, your body requires more oxygen during recovery—and you’ll burn more calories and fat for up to 24 hours after your workout (source). There are endless ways to do HIIT: running sprints, doing jump rope intervals, or plyometric circuits. Do it 2–3 times a week (we recommend this with a waist trainer, too!).

    1. Take in More Protein and Healthy Fats

    That’s right: by now you should know that fat isn’t the enemy, as long as it’s the good kind. Protein is also essential if you’re doing HIIT and strength training so you can rebuild those muscles and improve your body composition. With a good balance of protein and fats you are going to feel fuller longer, with nutrient-dense calories. Healthy fats are unsaturated fats that come from natural foods like fish, nuts, olive oil, avocados and eggs. Good protein sources include lean meats, seafood, beans and limited dairy.

    1. Eat the Right Carbs

    Carbs aren’t the enemy—your body needs them for energy. But you probably know that you aren’t doing your body any favors with excessive sugar and refined carbs. Stick to lots and lots of veggies and less starchy options like sweet potatoes and squash. When you eat them is also important. Try to eat carbs earlier in the day and around your workouts, but taper off by the end of the day so that they won’t be stored as fat.

    1. Be Calorie Smart

    When you’re watching calories, you have to be careful to keep your metabolism steady. If you’re trying to reduce your caloric intake, do it gradually so that you don’t trigger your body to go into “starvation mode”—which will actually cause you to retain fat instead of losing it! Make small calorie reductions about once a week so your body can adjust to the changes. You’re also going to help your metabolism by consuming 5–6 small meals instead of three big ones.

    A waist trainer can help you reduce portion size and prevent overeating because you won’t want to stuff yourself while you’re wearing one. Finally, vary your caloric intake each day. On some days eat more, while on other days eat less, again so that your metabolism won’t go into “starvation mode” because of a steadily lower intake each day (source).

    Try these tips and you might be surprised just how easy it is to burn fat. Good luck!

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  • Top Questions Our Stylists are Asked about Waist Training

    How to waist train: common questions

    Have questions about waist training? We have answers! If you're new to waist training, you probably have a lot of questions about what to do, how to do it, and if and how it all works. We thought it would be helpful to compile a list of FAQs to help you start out your waist training journey.

    Let's look at some of the most common questions that customers ask our shapewear stylists about these garments. You may be surprised by some of the answers!

    1. Do waist trainers work? Do they burn fat?

    Waist trainers do work! The more you wear one, the more likely you are to see results. As for "burning fat," what waist trainers actually do is stimulate thermal activity in your core. This makes you sweat more with minimal effort, so you can maximize your workouts. Some wearers also find that they are better able to control portion size when they eat, since the compression creates the feeling of having "less room" in the stomach.

    1. What size should I get? Do I want to size down in order to have the tightest fit?

    Always stick the size chart for the product (see our size guide for how to take accurate measurements). When in between sizes, we actually recommend that you size up rather than down. A waist trainer that is too small will be extremely uncomfortable and will not give you the most flattering results.

    1. What's the BEST one? Are workout waist trainers better?

    Which one is the best really depends on your preference (here are our most popular). Workout waist trainers aren't necessarily "better," but they are designed to hold up during intense exercise, whereas everyday cinchers are designed more for the other activities that make up your day. 

    1. How long do I need to wear one to see results? How soon will I see results?

    Instantly! That's the beauty of waist trainers – you put them on and they immediately sculpt 1 to 4 inches from your waistline. If you're wondering about seeing results when you're not wearing the garment, that depends on a lot of factors, including changes in diet and exercise, your body type, genetics, how much you wear it daily, and how much weight you are trying to lose. Everyone is different! 

    1. After I see results, do I have to keep wearing my waist trainer?

    We recommend continuing to wear your waist trainer as long as you want to maintain your best results. 

    1. Are they uncomfortable? Will I be able to breath? Will my organs get squished?

    You might be a little uncomfortable at first, which is why we recommend gradually increasing the length that you wear one. But your body becomes accustomed to the garment surprisingly quickly. Generally the waist trainer breaks in after the first few hours of wear and most people find that it isn't uncomfortable. You absolutely should be able to breathe and you shouldn't be squishing any organs! (If you can't breathe, or you feel any pain, take off the garment immediately and consider getting another size.) 

    1. Do they show underneath clothing? Do they roll up? Do they cause any bulging?

    It depends what kind of clothing you wear and what kind of waist trainer you use. If you use an everyday waist trainer in a tone similar to the color of your skin, it should be invisible under must clothing. A high-quality waist trainer that is the right size should not roll up or cause bulging. 

    1. Is latex better? Does the latex go against my skin? I'm allergic to latex, what are my options?

    Most of our quality waist trainers are made with latex because it is effective at providing firm compression and is durable. Latex waist trainers are lined with cotton so the latex won't go against your skin. If you're sensitive to latex, try our True Shapers latex-free line.

    1. Do I wear it under or over my clothing? Do I need to wash it? How and how often?

    Waist trainers are designed to wear underneath clothing, although you don't have to keep them hidden. Several brands offer garments in bright, bold colors, so feel free to flaunt them at the gym and beyond. We do recommend washing after every couple of wears so that the material can contract. Hand wash in warm water using a mild shampoo or baby shampoo. Rinse but don't wring and lay flat or hang to dry.

    1. How soon after having my baby should I start wearing one? It's been a year since I gave birth, is it too late?

    You can start waist training within a few weeks postpartum—we recommend using a postpartum belly wrap at first until you're ready to transition to a regular waist trainer (see here for more tips). And it's never too late to start waist training! You don't even need to be postpartum to enjoy the benefits.

    1. What else can I do to see the quickest results?

    We can't stress enough how important it is to eat well and exercise. Not only will you be more likely to see results, but only a healthy lifestyle will create changes that last. 

    1. Are they only for women?

    While waist trainers are most popular with women, we do have a few options for men.

    1. What's the difference between a waist trainer/cincher/corset?

    "Waist trainer" is a general term that refers to any garment that you can use to slim your waist as part of a regimen. A cincher is a synthetic option usually made with latex and plastic boning (although as noted above, we also have latex-free options). Usually when people say "waist trainer" they are referring to one of these. A corset is a waist trainer that is typically constructed with steel boning and is a garment that is tightened with laces.

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  • 6 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work (And What Does Instead)

    Why diets don’t work

    At Hourglass Angel we talk a lot about health and fitness in conjunction with waist training and wearing high-quality shapewear—because it’s the full package when it comes to feeling great about your body. Unfortunately, the mistake that a lot of women fall into when they’re seeking a change is dieting.

    That’s right, we’ll say it again: dieting is a mistake and it doesn’t work.

    It's a medically proven fact. Surprised? If you’re planning to “go on a diet” as part of your weight-loss plan, STOP right there. Here’s why—and what you should do instead.

    1. “Diets” are short term

    Just take a quick browse on Pinterest and you’ll see endless ideas for how to lose X number of pounds in X days. Well…what about after that time period is up? While a short cleanse can be beneficial to detox your system and jumpstart a lifestyle change, a diet with no sustainable long-term plan can do more harm than good when the numbers bounce back up on the scale.

    Do this instead: make sustainable changes to your everyday diet with a balanced mix of whole foods that you enjoy.

    1. Diets deprive you of essential nutrients

    We might get a little backlash for saying this, but eliminating whole food groups from your diet can hurt your health (with the exception of foods that cause an allergic reaction). If you’re feeling sluggish or experiencing other health problems on a restricted diet, you might not be getting some of the essential nutrients your body needs!

    Do this instead: Eliminate processed foods, not food groups.

    1. Many diets aren’t based on science

    Food science is an evolving field and very few understand it—even the so-called “experts.” Think about it: over the last several decades, advice has changed: avoid fat, avoid carbs, avoid this oil or that oil or that sugar or that food group…who is right? To make things more complicated, what might work for one person doesn’t work for another, because everyone’s metabolism is different.

    Do this instead: Stick to a wide variety of whole foods, and trust your gut, literally. Take notes about how you feel when you eat certain foods or combinations of foods. You’re the best expert about your own body.

    1. Diets deprive you of calories

    So here’s some good advice: when you’re hungry, you should eat. Many people feel terrible on a diet because they’re not getting sufficient calories for their needs. Yes, you may need to decrease overall caloric intake if you want to lose weight, but it’s not always as simple as counting calories. If you’re not getting enough calories on a diet, you can actually confuse your metabolism, which might actually lead to weight gain instead of loss!

    Do this instead: Listen to your body and learn to be mindful. Keep a food journal and note when you’re eating when you’re actually hungry versus when you’re bored or anxious. If you’re going to decrease calories, drop the empty calories that don’t fill you up like sugary drinks.

    1. Diets don’t teach you anything

    You might try some secret miracle diet, but do you actually know why it’s working? Do you know how you’re going to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the long run? If not, you can look forward to gaining all of the weight back eventually.

    Do this instead: Educate yourself about long-term lifestyle changes. Stop browsing on Pinterest and talk to a certified nutritionist (or try a few different ones, because not all are the same!).

    1. Diets don’t dig deep enough

    For many of us, overeating and our relationship with food has a lot more to do with our mental/emotional health than anything else. Dieting doesn’t address the heart of the issue.

    Do this instead: If you’ve had a lifelong battle with food (and it’s very common!), consider getting professional help that will help you on a deeper level. Life coaches, professional counselors, spiritual advisors and support groups are just a few of the options available to help you heal your whole self—which includes your body image.

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  • Interview: Stay-at-Home Mom Reveals Her Postpartum Waist Training Secrets

    Lillie Hall Beautiful Waist Training Journey

    Every once in a while, we stumble across a waist training journey that's simply too good not to share! This time, it's Lillie Hall – a stay-at-home mom and soon-to-be bride who decided to try waist training to get her pre-baby body back after childbirth. She captured her journey beautifully on Instagram as she start wearing the Ann Chery Workout Trainer and eventually worked up to wearing it 8-12 hours a day. If Lillie looks familiar, you may recognize her from MTV's "Made," in which she received help from a UFC fighter to make her into beauty pageant queen. We recently reached out to Lillie to learn more about her postpartum waist training experience and see what advice she had for other women.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself

    I am a stay at home mommy to a precious one-year-old boy. I'm engaged to the love of my life and we've been together since October 31, 2012. Our wedding date is set to be our original anniversary, so we will be married on Halloween of this year and I couldn't be happier. I love reading, playing video games, baking, photography, music, tattoos and piercings, online shopping, and cuddling up with my boys to watch TV/movies.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I had decided to try waist training after seeing the Hourglass Angel Instagram account. I went to the main web page to do some more research; read reviews, viewed pictures and videos posted by users. I had my son in April 2015 and could not tighten my stomach back up no matter how hard I tried. I was thin before having him, but afterwards, I had gained an extra 20 pounds that I needed to work off. After trying so hard for months, I became discouraged at the fact that I remained at the same weight, not losing or even gaining. When I found out that the waist trainers helped after postpartum to not only lose the stubborn pounds, but also to lose inches as well as tighten and tone, I was sold immediately, desperate to try anything.

    1. What garment did you use, and why?

    I used the Ann Chery Workout waist trainer because it had almost all perfect reviews. There were so many people reviewing it and giving it 5 stars, and the other reviewers who rated it less seemed to only have personal issues with it that weren't common. Plus I loved the pretty color choices.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    The first time I put the waist trainer on, it was a bit of a challenge to get it hooked closed, but after I finally got into it, 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.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    My waist training routine was wearing the trainer every single day, working my way up from 8 hours to 12 hours a day, adding more time each week. I wore it whether I was working out, cleaning around the house, running errands, or just sitting around relaxing.

    1. Did the waist trainer meet your expectations? How so?

    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!

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

    During my waist training journey, I stayed active, working out 5 days a week to exercise videos that I found online. I would change up my routine every Sunday by finding a new video to use for the week so I could keep it fresh and keep my body challenged. I drank a nutrition shake for breakfast and ate one full meal a day at dinner, the diet I had been on before I started using the waist trainer. I call it the "mom diet" due to the fact it started by me not having time for anything but a shake in the morning and a few bites of something here and there through the day until dinner time.

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

    I was severely bullied in school starting at a very young age during elementary school. I tried to diet when I was 10 years old because I was so humiliated. As I got older, I started growing more into my weight but still stayed on the bigger side. When I was 15, I was chosen to be involved in the hit TV show MADE on MTV. I wanted to be "made" into a beauty pageant queen, was given a coach with the experience to teach me how to meet my goal, and I was given a UFC fighter to train me to help me lose the weight in time for my pageant. After the show, I kept up with working towards losing more weight using the new methods I was taught and ended up losing 40 pounds and dropping 7 pant sizes. I had a lot of problem areas, especially a pooch that I've had since before I was ever pregnant. The waist trainer finally helped me handle the one area I could never conquer and gave me the body shape I always dreamed of having.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    Wearing the waist trainer alone gives you an instant 1-2 inches off your waist, but to start seeing a change in my body that started staying more permanent, it took me about 2-3 weeks. My current results are after two months of wearing it. I wore the first set of hooks the first month, then the second set of hooks the second month.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Every single person who has ever known me has commented on my results, begging me for my secrets, and now wanting to go invest in waist trainers too! They think I look amazing and I've been told that it doesn't look like I've ever had a baby.

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

    If someone is thinking about trying waist training, I would tell them to absolutely go for it! 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, I walk with my head held higher, and when I get married I get to feel so beautiful in my wedding dress! So I say go for it and stick with it. It's hard at first since getting it on is a chore until you wear it for about a week, then it gets easier. The moment you see yourself in it, you will be glad you bought it. Be sure to go slow, wear it in moderation, easing into wearing it the max amount of time (12 hours) and let your body adjust to it. Even if you only wear it during workouts, it helps make your workout WORK, helping you to sweat more in your midsection to burn calories and fat more than what you would without it on.

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