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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Corseting

    Beginner's Guide to Corsets

    The practice of corseting has been used by women for hundreds of years. Naturally, we’re thrilled that it's still such a hot trend here in the 21st century – especially as corset designers are constantly releasing bold new styles that are sexier and more dramatic than ever.

    Getting started with corseting is a ton of fun, but there are a few things you should know first. We thought it would be helpful to provide some guidance for beginners, so read on to discover if corseting is for you and how to begin!

    Defining corseting

    Corseting is the process of wearing a corset daily to dramatically slim your waistline– either underneath other clothing or on display as part of a costume or special-occasion outfit. Corseting falls under the umbrella of “waist training,” so it can be used to supplement your long-term slimming regiments (i.e. a healthy diet and exercise), but generally the term refers specifically to steel-boned corsets, as opposed to latex waist trainers.

    What is a steel-boned corset?

    A steel-boned corset is reinforced with—you guessed it—steel boning. This construction ensures that the garment is durable and effective for maximum slimming. It is laced in the back for an optimum fit that provides dramatic results.

    Don’t be intimidated by the word "steel." These thin, rod-like materials still have some flex, so that your midsection is compressed but not constricted. Without the steel boning, those dramatic hourglass curves would not be possible.

    Choosing the right size

    Before you start corseting, you want to be confident that you are using a waist trainer that fits well. See our size guide for instructions about how to take measurements. For corsets you’ll want to subtract 3–4 inches from your waist size to determine the corset size (if your waist is 30 inches, you’ll want a size 26 corset). When in doubt, go a size up, not down.

    How do I put it on?

    It’s a little tricky to lace up in a corset, so we advise using a mirror or getting assistance from someone. First, gently unroll the corset so that the laces are facing up. Pull them apart, loosening the X’s starting from the center. When you put it on, you know that the correct side is up when the hooks that clasp in front are on your right. It should be very loose when you clasp it; never pull or tug on the hooks when you fasten the front.

    Next, pull the laces starting at the top and bottom and work your way towards the middle, pulling the loops as you go. The pull loops should be at the natural waist. Tie them when you’ve reached the desired tightness.

    Breaking your corset in

    It’s very important to season your corset, or break it in, before you start wearing it. Put it on gently at first, without pulling the laces completely tight. Wear it for an hour or so each day, or for 2–3 days so that it molds to your figure. Then you can go ahead and lace it tightly.

    How tight?

    You can pull those laces very tightly. One of the first things you'll notice when starting your corseting is how strong the compression is. It may feel tight during the first few wears, but your body becomes accustomed to it quite quickly. Stop wearing it immediately if you start to feel pain, shortness of breath or discomfort beyond the initial tightness.

    Starting a regimen

    After you've chosen your corset and seasoned it, you can start wearing it on a regular basis slowly. Your body needs time to adjust to wearing it. Begin with just an hour or two a day and then work your way up. Once you are comfortable, we recommend corseting for eight hours a day for the best results.


    Remember that everyone's body is different. If you're using corseting as part of your existing fitness goals, there are several factors that will affect your results: lifestyle, diet, genetics and your commitment to corseting (see this post for more).


    We recommend using a corseting regimen with a healthy lifestyle that includes 5–6 nutritious meals a day and working out. While you're wearing your corset you might find yourself eating less because your abdomen is constricted, but it's important to mindfully consume the nutrients your body needs along with lots of water.

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  • The Best Corsets for Waist Training: From Our Stylists

    What Hourglass Angel stylists recommend for waist training

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    Here at Hourglass Angel, our Shapewear Stylists are obsessed with waist training! It is so fulfilling to talk to women and help them find the perfect waist trainer to help them meet their goals. It’s even better when we hear back from these customers later about the success that they’re having.

    If you’re wondering where to start with your waist training journey, then we highly recommend you start with some of our favorite styles. Check out these favorites, hand-picked by our stylists, and please contact us if you have further questions. We want you to find the perfect fit!

    Stylist Pick #1

    Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102


    Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102

    This is a perfect starter waist trainer because it's so versatile. And it is always flying off our shelves! You can wear this every day under pretty much anything. Start out slowly as you adjust to the way it feels. But we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as soon as you see how slim your waist looks and how much your posture improves.

    Stylist Pick #2

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher By Ann Chery

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    When it comes to quality in your waist trainer, Ann Chery is pretty unbeatable. This is a firm compression cincher that will keep that tummy nice and tight. This is a great option for someone who’s committed to long-term waist training and wants to wear it as part of their daily wardrobe.

    Stylist Pick #3

    Active Band Waist Trainer By Amia

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia A110

    When you see your friends posting pics on Instagram with their waist trainers, you probably see a lot of colorful varieties! Those are typically waist trainers that are designed for working out. This one from Amia is durable and is designed to hold up even when you’re sweating hard and pushing yourself physically. It’ll enhance your workouts, which is why so many of our customers can’t go to the gym without one!

    Stylist Pick #4

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

    Don’t you just love how elegant this steel-boned corset is? It’s so classy—and it’s really effective if you want to dramatically slim your waistline. This type of corset isn’t made with latex like the others we’ve seen so far. Instead, it laces up the back and you pull it tight; this is the traditional method of “corseting.” You can use this one daily or pull it out for special occasions for that extra wow factor.

    Stylist Pick #5

    Defining Moment No Closure Waist Cincher by Leonisa 18450M

    Defining Moment No Closure Waist Cincher by Leonisa 18450M

    Fastening up a typical waist trainer can be tricky sometimes, which is why this option is a fantastic alternative. Just step right in, shimmy it up and you’re good to go! This waist cincher is comfortable and seamless. This makes it completely invisible under thinner fabrics or tight dresses and tops.

    Stylist Pick #6

    Miracle Vest Waist Cincher By Squeem

    Miracle Vest Waist Cincher by Squeem

    Lastly, we recommend you look into this vest-style shaper. This is ideal if you’re looking for extra support in your bust and more coverage for your back. It provides excellent compression all around your midsection. If you’re a working professional or a new mom we’re sure you’ll love the back support!

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  • What Exactly Is a Waist Trainer?

    What is a waist trainer, anyway?

    By now, you’ve probably heard or seen this fashion trend that celebs and everyday moms are all falling in love with: waist training. If this practice is new to you, you’re likely wondering how it all works.

    The basic idea is this: wearing a waist trainer is a simple way to slim your waistline and create dramatic hourglass curves—instantly. Not only that, but many waist trainers also stimulate heat in your core and increase perspiration during physical activity. So it's a great way to supplement a healthy diet and fitness plan.

    Generally speaking, the term "waist trainer" is used to describe any garment that is designed to provide firm compression around your midsection with this fitness goal in mind – but we'll dig further into the materials and other features below.

    For the best results, a waist trainer should be worn daily for 8–12 hours. Most people start out wearing one for an hour or two a day and gradually increase the length of time they have one on (usually the adjustment period takes a couple of weeks). Many people also use waist trainers to optimize their workouts—either exclusively or as part of a dedicated waist training regimen.

    There are MANY waist trainers to choose from, so you may be wondering, "Where do I begin?" Here are some different qualities to look for to customize your personal waist training experience.


    If you are an average-sized woman between about 5’2” and 5’8”, most standard waist trainers will fit your waist just fine. If you’re much taller than that (and you probably know if you have a long torso), you will want to choose a waist trainer designed to give you more coverage on your lower abdomen.

    If you’re much shorter than that, you may find that a waist trainer with a shorter design fits better. See here for more suggestions based on torso length.


    Some waist trainers vary slightly in the amount of compression they provide. If you’re more interested in having a smooth midsection and not necessarily dramatic slimming, you may prefer a lighter compression garment.

    For the most dramatic slimming results, choose a maximum compression waist trainer or a steel-boned corset.


    Most of our waist trainers are constructed with latex because this is a durable material that provides firm compression. Recently we added a high-quality latex-free line called TrueShapers, which is ideal if you have sensitivity to latex.

    Steel-boned corsets are made with satin or satin-like fabric for a luxurious feel. Most waist trainers are lined with cotton for a soft touch against the skin.


    Waist trainers are either designed for everyday use or for workouts. (If you plan to wear them every day, we recommend rotating two or more waist trainers throughout the week, so that you're not wearing the same garment daily.)

    Workout waist trainers are durably constructed and can handle heavy sweating and vigorous movement. Everyday waist trainers and corsets are designed for all-day wear with normal activities.


    This is the fun part! Several waist trainers come in different patterns and colors! Those brightly colored options are typically workout waist trainers, which are fun to show off at the gym and elsewhere.

    Waist trainers that come in nude or black with a more subtle design are ideal for wearing discreetly under your clothes.

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  • 3 Daily Rituals to Stay Committed to Your Goals

    Stay committed to a healthy lifestyle with these motivating daily habits.

    It’s one thing to have a New Year’s Resolution that you half-heartedly stick to for a month or two. It’s an entirely different thing to be ALL IN to your commitment to change your lifestyle.

    Whether you’re waist training, eating healthier or improving your fitness (hopefully all three), being motivated for long-term change can be a challenge. That’s why one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself as part of your healthy lifestyle is to focus on what motivates you.

    Building simple habits into your daily routine that will help you stay motivated and committed to your goals is practical and powerful. Whatever your healthy lifestyle goals are, do these three things every day:

    1. Post your goals in a visible place

    What do you want to accomplish in the short-term? Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or change the wallpaper on your phone. Seeing that message first thing in the morning and throughout the day will remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s also helpful to be specific about what truly motivates you. Visualize the goal. For example, instead of just “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month,” try “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month so I can dance in it at the wedding!”

    1. Prepare your back-up plans

    What if it rains the morning of your run? What if you don’t have time to come home for lunch? What if you’re obligated to go out to eat? Plan out your days and your weeks with ways to keep you on track when the unexpected happens. Have a workout video ready if the weather is bad. Keep some healthy snacks and meals on hand at work. Eat your main meal at home and have something light at the restaurant.

    1. Keep a daily journal

    It’s helpful to track what food you’ve been eating and to keep an exercise log, but take it one step further. At the end of each day, take one minute to answer the question: “Did I give it my all today?” If you didn’t, write down how you can do better tomorrow.

    That’s it! These steps may seem simple, but they work like a charm. Try it and see how powerful the mind can be when it comes to reaching your goals.

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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 fits a bonus I eat less when I wear it while out and 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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