Sara Lehman is an acclaimed blogger, sommelier and private chef, known for her popular blog "Somm in the City," in which she writes about food, wine and entertaining. As someone whose life "revolves around food," Sara knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – and the unique challenges that come with it. For 4 months, she's been wearing the Workout Band by Ann Chery for one hour a day to help slim her waistline and supplement her fitness routine. Her goal was to smooth her stomach and back while aiming to lose 30 pounds, but she discovered a few other benefits along the way. We recently caught up with Sara to get her thoughts on the cincher and the results she experienced.
What was your initial impression of the Workout Band?
I liked it. For the first few tries, I couldn’t get it to hook. It wasn’t until I was speaking with a girlfriend about it that I realized how to pull it, and then I loved wearing it. It felt tight, but my posture was so straight and it made my waist smooth.
What was your goal?
I wanted a waist trainer that could be used during workouts, so I choose the Workout Band. I wanted to see if it would help with the stomach area and back area.
IMPROVED POSTURE, SLIMMER SILHOUETTE, AND A CONFIDENCE BOOST
Did the garment meet those expectations?
YES! I am a food and wine blogger, private chef, and sommelier, so my life revolves around food and wine. I wear this to the gym, and through my weight-loss journey, I have lost weight in my back and my stomach looks smoother, which is great because I had 30+ lbs. to lose.
Did you conquer any weight-loss challenges that were difficult in the past?
Physically, yes, the cincher helped because my posture was so much better, which is key when you're working out. Psychologically, it certainly helped at the gym, as having a tiny waist makes other parts of you stand out. And when you're in the right gym outfit, the shaper makes you feel pretty awesome.
Did your diet change at all during the period you wore the cincher?
Not much, because my diet is hard to control given my career and all the tastings I do.
How long have you been wearing the garment?
One hour a day since January 1, 2015. I do forget some days, but most days I wear it with my workout for the added benefits. I also wear it if I am sitting at my desk a lot and hunch, because it really helps my back stay up straight!
When did you start seeing results?
I started seeing results after two weeks. I was losing weight by working out, but the increased sweating mixed with the heat of your core from this cincher was intense. So I never got that stomach-loss cellulite that some women get when they lose weight, which I loved. It kept my stomach smooth which is great. My mom and neighbors noticed the results from the cincher too, and they all wanted one!
Would you recommend the waist trainer for other women?
Yes, yes, I would absolutely recommend the Workout Band. Just be sure to go at a steady pace, or a slow pace in the first week when you're getting used to the workout waist trainer, because it’s tight and you want to control your breathing. I know because I was very out of shape when I started mine too, so I started slow, my body adapted and now I love it.