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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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  • The Ultimate Plus-Size Shapewear Buying Guide

    Tips for selecting the best shapewear for curvy women

    Here at Hourglass Angel, we love the fact that curvy is IN (hasn't it always been?) and the right plus-size apparel can be very, very sexy. If you want to explore the shapewear options for the plus-size figure, you've come to the right place.

    Here’s what every plus-size woman needs to know before shopping:

    1. Understand levels of control.

    Before you go ahead and order every plus-size option we have in stock (we know it’s tempting), be sure you know what results you’re looking for. Examine each product description carefully to determine what level of control it provides, from light to maximum strength.

    Light control garments like shaping tights do a great job of simply smoothing you out—and sometimes, that’s all you really want or need. Strong and maximum control garments do quite a bit more by really contouring your shape. These types of shapers are usually your go-to items for special occasions, although some ladies love to rock some garments every day (like waist trainers).

    1. Know your size.

    Please, don’t make the mistake of using a smaller size garment than you need because you think it might make you look thinner. The opposite is true—if it’s too tight, it will be extremely unflattering—and uncomfortable. Follow each garment’s size chart closely and take accurate measurements.

    1. Focus on target areas based on your body type.

    Do you know your body type? We’ve got some great tips on which areas you should be focusing on based on your measurements and which types of shapers do the job best. It doesn’t matter whether you’re plus-sized or not; body types have more to do with the ratios between your hips, waist, bust and shoulders.

    1. Know your options.

    Here’s the fun part! Based on the occasion, your body type and your target areas, you can select your shapewear from these basic categories. Be sure to check out the links to some of our favorite plus-size options.

    * Shaping tanks and camis: smooth out your midsection and give your bust a nice lift with some of our favorite everyday shapers like the Infused Control Tank.

    * Shaping briefs: we recommend a high-waist style to give all of your pants and skirts a flattering new fit, sans muffin top. Check out the Perfect Curves High Waist Brief by Hooked Up (it hooks into your bra!).

    * Full bodysuits: smooth and shape EVERYTHING with full-coverage shapers. We love the Long and Lean Strapless Full Body Shaper by CoCoon

    * Shaping slips: get that elegant shape for your formal or work attire. Try the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up for coverage from bust to thigh.

    *Waist cinchers: also called waist trainers, these can do phenomenal things to your waistline. Wear one everyday as part of a health and fitness regimen, or save it for special occasions. The Perfect Waist by Squeem is a customer favorite.

    As always, please contact our team of shapewear experts at customer service if you need help finding the perfect plus-size option for you.

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  • Success UNDER the Dress: Shapewear for the Career Woman

    Top shapewear for work & beyond

    When you’re putting together your work wardrobe, what you wear underneath is just as important as what you wear on top. Whatever you wear—blouses, skirts, dress pants, power suits—they only truly look their best when the foundation underneath is flawless.

    How you look at work can greatly affect your state of mind and your confidence—which is related to your performance at work. According to one survey:

    • 72% of women feel they are taken more seriously when they look their best
    • 44% of people feel that confidence is a key factor in hiring decisions
    • 52% are worried about "tummy bulge"
    • 95% admit to owning clothes that don't fit properly
    • 43% of all women try on more than one outfit each day

    What’s more, what you’re wearing underneath your work clothes can make a big difference in your physical health and comfort. Do you ever feel back pain from sitting all day, hunched in front of a computer, or from walking around in pumps? That pain may be related to poor posture. Wearing a firm compression shaper can hold your torso straighter for long hours. Not only can better posture prevent back pain, but it can make you look more confident.

    To sum it all up, your undergarments are foundational to how you look and feel every day! Are you putting as much thought into yours as you should?

    If your work wardrobe needs a makeover, check out these must-have shapers for any career woman. Each is designed to keep you slim, comfortable and supported all day, so you can look and feel your best on the job.

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery
    Keep that posture confident and that tummy flat all day. This garment is also ideal for waist training, and the best part is: it’s wearable under virtually anything.

    Arm Compression Cami By Body Hush
    This is another one of our most popular waist slimming options. Wear it to work (and beyond) every day, or keep it on hand for special events.

    Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia
    Many women love the extra support and coverage that this vest style waist slimmer provides. It covers your bra straps in the back and provides and extra boost for your bust.

    Twilight Lift & Sculpt Jeans By Amia
    If you’re looking to enhance your curves every day the Amia Lift & Sculpt collection is for you. These jeans are designed to gently lift your buttocks for a fuller, firmer appearance.

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  • Make Them Last: How To Care for Your Shapewear and Waist Trainers

    How to wash and store your shapewear and waist trainers

    You looooove your shapewear, right? (Who doesn’t?) If you've purchased any of our high-quality garments, then you’ll want to be sure they last as long as possible. Did you know that if you’re not caring for them properly, they'll start losing their shape and effectiveness?

    That’s why it’s so important to give them a special treatment when it comes to garment care. Follow these tips to make sure these wardrobe staples have a long happy life in your closet rotation!

    Tip 1: Get More Than One

    If you have pieces that you like to wear daily, make sure they get a break (waist training ladies, we’re talking to you!). Did you know that latex needs to rest in order to maintain its functionality? We recommend that you not wear the same garment more than two days in a row.

     Tip 2: Wash Regularly

    It can be kind of a pain dealing with shapewear, so it’s tempting not to wash it as often as you should. But know this: you need to wash it so that the materials contract and maintain their highest functionality. Otherwise, they’re a little stretched out. You can wear a garment a couple of times in between wash cycles. Just be sure to follow the care instructions for your particular garment, and continue reading the tips below…

    Tip 3: Be Careful with Latex!

    While it’s very strong in the sense that it provides the compression that you love, latex is easily damaged. Here’s how to do it (please take notes!). Hand-wash your latex shapers in a bucket of warm water, using a mild shampoo or baby shampoo. Rinse well and hang dry (don’t wring!). Once they are completely dry, store them in a dark area where they won’t be damaged by sunlight.

     Tip 4: For All Other Garments…

    Non-latex garments can go in the washing machine on the gentle or handwash cycle in cold water, along with a full load (use a netted lingerie garment bag). Do not use strong agitation or hot water, or you can damage the material. Cold water is necessary to contract the material for full effectiveness.

    If your machine doesn’t have a gentle cycle, wash them by hand in a gallon of cold water. DO NOT put them in the dryer (lay flat or hang).

    Tip 5: Use Special Detergent

    On non-latex items, choose a specially formulated lingerie detergent. If you choose one that contains, dyes, fragrances, alcohol, softeners or bleach, you can damage the shaper! For latex items like waist trainers, remember to use mild shampoo or baby shampoo. 

    Tip 6: Storage

    To maintain its shape, it’s important to lay shapewear flat in a drawer or closet where it won’t be exposed to light. Do not roll it up! You can also hang it, if it hangs well, using clothes pins or special lingerie hangers.

    Do these things and you won’t go wrong—make your shapewear last!

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  • It’s Possible: Postpartum Slimming Secrets from Real Moms

    How to slim down postpartum using belly binding wraps

    Okay, mamas: belly binding—have you done it? This is an ancient practice that is used around the world, so it’s a little surprising that many modern women aren’t even aware of it.

    It’s pretty simple: using a specially designed wrap, you provide gentle compression around your abdomen in the days and weeks following childbirth. It provides support as your body heals and also helps you get your figure back!

    Don’t take our word for it; check out these real stories from real women who used Belly Bandit products postpartum.

    Post partum slimming review

    “This is me 5 days after giving birth vs. today, 19.5 weeks later. I honestly felt really good about myself in the first two pics! I felt sexy and confident and that’s what matters as you let your body heal from the crazy and amazing transformation it’s gone through. I used a belly Bandit which helped a lot and started out walking right away - but more importantly, I maintained a positive outlook on how my body looked after giving birth. I am thrilled with how I look today but I was also grateful for where I was at then.”

    Post partum weight loss secrets

    “39weeks pregnant VS 1 week postpartum. I’m using Bamboo #BellyBandit belly binder which helps me survive my first week of recovery.

    It helps lessen the pain soooo much as it keeps my incision safely compressed so I don’t use much of the muscles when I move about. It feels completely different without one and wearing one.

    I’d say it’s a post-pregnancy essential!”” Getting your pre-baby bod back

    “This is me at 37 weeks pregnant on the left and 1 month postpartum on the right. I swear by the Bamboo Belly Bandit and would recommend it to any of my friends who are expecting!!! It helped with my abdominal separation and I just loved the support it gave me and I didn’t feel so loose around my mid section…”

    New mom weight loss

    “This is the photo that I show every mom who is considering purchasing a post partum wrap. I truly believe that using the belly bandit didn’t only help support my abdomen after giving birth to my son, but it helped my muscles come back together quickly. I love how it held everything in. I used the belly bandit BFF every day and night for 6 weeks, and had spectacular reslults. Pic 1 was after 3 weeks of using the belly bandit, #2 was 20 weeks post partum!! So happy with my results. I can’t wait to use Belly Bandit products for my next baby, due in 5 weeks!”

    Weight loss secrets

    “This is the photo that I show every mom who is considering purchasing a post partum wrap. I truly believe that using the belly bandit didn’t only help support my abdomen after giving birth to my son, but it helped my muscles come back together quickly. I love how it held everything in. I used the belly bandit BFF every day and night for 6 weeks, and had spectacular reslults. Pic 1 was after 3 weeks of using the belly bandit, #2 was 20 weeks post partum!! So happy with my results. I can’t wait to use Belly Bandit products for my next baby, due in 5 weeks! “

    Post partum journey

    “ My name is Becca and I ( like other ladies before me) am super grateful for the belly bandit wrap! The results left me completely floored! The middle picture I sent was my pregnancy shot at 38 weeks. I had my (third) daughter a week later. I really wish I had known about the belly bandit when I was pregnant with my first. It took me months to get my belly back, whereas this helped me get my belly back just a few short weeks later! The top picture is my 7 weeks post baby shot. Thank you for such a wonderful product! I’m telling all of my pregnant friends about this!!!”

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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Buying & Wearing Shapewear

    How to wear shapewear: tips and tricks

    Everyone from red carpet celebrities to working moms are using shapewear to look their sexiest, whether at home posing for Instagram or at special events. But there’s a difference between trying out shapewear without any knowledge about how it works and then totally rocking it like a Kardashian.

    To get the most out of your shapewear, it’s crucial to have some basic knowledge about what works…and what doesn’t. Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.

    Do: learn how to put it on. This one is simple, but so important. Shapewear needs to be tight in order to work! Don’t stretch it out or warp it because you don’t know how to use it. Some general rules:

    • Step into it; don’t pull it over your head.
    • Be patient; don’t tug or stretch with excessive force.
    • Think about how you wear pantyhose: bunch it up, and then work it on slowly.

    That leads to the next point…

    Don’t: wear shapewear that doesn’t fit. Follow each garment’s sizing guidelines very carefully. Also make sure you’re knowledgeable about how to take your measurements. If the garment doesn’t fit, it is not going to be flattering—especially if it’s too small.

    Do: select shapewear for your body type. Not every piece will work on every body. You should be picking a garment based on your target areas. Know your body type and the solutions you should focus on.

    Don’t: expect to transform your figure without working on your fitness. For the best results, you absolutely have to work out and eat well! Wearing shapewear and waist training are supplemental to a fitness regimen (check out these tips for making it all work).

    Do: get advice from the experts for inspiration. Check out this post from one of our favorite fashion bloggers. You can also contact our customer service team for advice for your specific style and fitness needs. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for continuous inspiration, tips and trends. 

    Don’t: feel like you’re doing it alone! Thousands of women are on this journey already, so use our resources to connect and learn (and invite your friends!).

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