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Waist Training

  • Interview: How Waist Training Changed DeAndria's Approach to Weight Loss

    DeAndria's Waist Training Transformation

    DeAndria is a full-time customer service professional who spends her free time blogging, reading and enjoying life with friends and family. Despite working out occasionally, she says she hasn't been able to get rid of those tricky "love handles" and other trouble areas around her navel. So, she decided to give waist training a try.

    Immediately, DeAndria loved how the compression slimmed her midsection and enhanced her figure. She continued wearing the waist trainer during exercise and throughout her daily routine, and she started seeing even more results in just three weeks. Now, she's setting her goals even higher. Check out this interview with DeAndria and see what she's striving for next.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I work in customer service full time. I like to shop, read, try new foods and just have a good time with family and friends. My goal is to move on to Clinical Research at my current job and eventually work for myself as a blogger.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I wanted to slim my stomach and see how it would enhance my frame. My trouble areas are around my navel and love handles.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

      I chose the Petite Latex Waist Trainer, just to have something for the stomach/waist area only.
    1. What were your first impressions?

    It was tight and I had to get used to it at first. I felt slimmed instantly! I walked around with it on to get used to it, and I actually liked the tight fit of it.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore it when working out and around the house when cleaning up or sitting down, watching TV.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    It has met my goals, but I’m still striving to make it work for me even more by eating cleaner.

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

    I worked out in it, but not as often as I should have. I ate somewhat healthy. I drink water daily and especially more when working out.

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

    No real challenges in working out. I’ve always worked on my stomach because that is where my weight really goes, even though I am petite.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started to see results after about 3-4 weeks of wearing the waist trainer.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes, my sister noticed I was slimming down.

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

    I would definitely suggest waist training with the proper diet and exercise. It's also nice to wear when you want to look slimmer under a nice outfit.

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  • Interview: How Waist Training Became a Game-Changer for this Part-Time Blogger

    Waist Training Transformation with Malaja

    Malaja is a part-time blogger who aspires to help others become the best they can be, one person at a time. But helping others along their journey to self-improvement means that she also needs to better herself. For the last few years, Malaja hasn't been satisfied with her body image. Hitting the gym didn't help—she couldn't find the motivation to take her workouts to the next level.

    That's when she decided to add a workout band to her routine. In addition to the immediate slimming (which was a huge confidence booster), she suddenly found the motivation to intensify her exercise regimen and change her eating habits as well. Within weeks, she noticed starting to see changes to her waistline, and everyone else noticed her results too. We caught up with Malaja recently to learn more about her journey.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a part-time blogger. I aspire to inspire the world, one person at a time, to help them become a better them.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I decided to start waist training to help get rid of a gut that I have been struggling with for the past couple of years.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I choose to use the Curve Creator latex workout band because I am a beginner at the gym, and when I used the workout band, it makes me sweat harder. It helps me tremendously to lose fat in unwanted areas around my torso.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first put the garment on I was about to start a workout at home. I loved everything about it. I found it to be undetectable under certain garments when applied the correct way. I was in front of a mirror both when I first applied it before the gym as well as after my work out.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my garment for about 4-5 days a week, during my gym sessions. I also began to wear it during the summer months when running errands.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    Yes, I did meet my goals. It helped me lower my gut as well as shaped my body.

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

    I was hitting the gym every other day. I started detoxing my body almost every other day as well. I also switched my eating habits to all organic foods.

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

    I never had the motivation I needed at the gym. I wasn't seeing the results I wanted. I just felt like a slob.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing small results within a couple of weeks.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Everybody has noticed my results! Everybody has asked me what I am doing to get my results. I always tell them that I have been waist training and hitting the gym.

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

    I always tell my friends and family to go for it. Waist training really works if you do it the right way.

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  • How Often Should You Wear a Waist Trainer?

    How often should you wear a waist trainer?

    Getting started with waist training can be an exciting time. But if you’ve never done it before, you might have a lot of questions about for how long and how often you should be wearing your waist trainer for optimal results. A common question we get is, how many hours and how often should I waist train?

    The answer depends on several factors including your goals, your experience, and what kind of waist trainer you’re using. We thought it would be helpful to give a thorough explanation about what to expect, in addition to a waist training checklist to better equip you for success.

    5 Things to Know Before You Start

    Before we get into more detail about how long you should be wearing your waist trainer, there are a few things you should know when you first start out.

    1. You can get instant results, even without a regimen

    One of the qualities we love about waist trainers is that they provide incredibly results instantly. Just putting yours on can take 1–3 inches off your waistline and flatten your belly. While we highly encourage you to try out a waist training regimen as part of a healthy lifestyle routine, it’s important to remember that you should see results right away, whenever you're wearing the garment. This can help you stay motivated as part of your long-term slimming journey, as you can see what a slimmer waistline looks like and feels like.

    1. The right fit and style for your needs are essential

    You have to be certain that you’re wearing the right garment. Otherwise you’re not going to get the results you want. The most important factor when getting the best waist trainer is fit, so be sure that you’re measuring your waist precisely and following our custom sizing charts. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re choosing the right waist trainer for your body type and lifestyle. Check out this guide if you need help figuring out what’s best for you.

    1. It takes time for your body to adjust

    Once you’ve got the right waist trainer and verified that it fits, you have to be a little patient. If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you may be surprised at just how stiff it can feel. It is a high-compression garment, so the stiffness means that it is working. However, it will take time for your body to adjust. Most people who are serious about a waist training regimen find that it takes several weeks of daily practice before they are completely accustomed to wearing a waist trainer all day, every day.

    1. Your waist trainer needs to be broken in

    Not only does your body need an adjustment period before you start wearing your waist trainer for longer stretches, but the garment itself needs to be broken in as well. It’s a bit like a pair of shoes. If you’re planning on wearing it to a special event, be sure you’ve worn it for at least a few hours before wearing it for a longer stretch.

    Steel-boned corsets especially need to be “seasoned” by wearing them a few times before you tighten the laces all the way. We recommend wearing your corset for an hour or two for at least a week loosely before pulling the laces tight in order to prevent damaging the garment and to ensure that it fits like a glove. Check out this article for more corseting tips.

    1. Not every waist trainer is the same

    Each style of waist trainer is constructed a bit differently, so you might not wear each one for the same amount of time. Workout bands, for example, are designed with more durable material to withstand vigorous movement and are only designed to be worn for shorter periods (a few hours tops). Everyday waist trainers, on the other hand, are designed to be worn comfortably for longer stretches. You might need to experiment with some different styles in order to figure out what style you prefer and how long your feel comfortable wearing it for optimal results.

    Hours and Frequency for a New Waist Training Regimen

    Once you’re more familiar with waist trainer basics, you can decide whether or not you’d like to pursue a waist training regimen—in other words, waist training as a daily practice as one component of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for each style of waist trainer.

    Everyday Waist Trainers

    • As we mentioned above, everyday waist trainers are designed to be worn for long hours. When you first start out, you’ll want to wear it for just an hour or two at a time, so that your body, as well as the garment, can adjust.
    • Start at just one hour or less the first day, to get accustomed to the way it fits. Slowly add half an hour to an hour of wear every day. You can take a break for a day once a week or so, but try not to break too much or you’ll slow your progress. You may find it more comfortable at first to break up your wear into two shorter sessions.
    • After a few weeks, you should find it comfortable to be wearing your waist trainer for at least eight and up to twelve hours daily. After a couple of months, you’ll probably find that you’ll be able to tighten the waist trainer to the next row of hooks!

    Steel-Boned Corsets

    • Corsets work the same way as latex waist cinchers, but you put them on and tighten them differently. As was mentioned above, you need to season your corset before you can tighten it fully. For 1–2 weeks at 1–2 hours a day, you’ll want to tighten it to the point that it lies snugly against your torso but doesn’t provide compression.
    • After it’s seasoned, it should fit like a mold against your body once the laces are fully tightened. At this point you can start increasing your daily wear incrementally, just like you would with a cincher, as described above. About a month after you wear your corset, you should feel comfortable wearing it at least eight hours a day.

    Workout Trainers

    This style of waist trainer is designed specifically for workouts, so we generally don’t recommend wearing one all day. You may find that your workout band gets pretty sweaty anyway, so you’ll want to switch it out to keep it (and you) fresh and clean.

    We recommend using a workout band in rotation with an everyday waist trainer or corset. Put it on for your workouts—whether you’re going to the gym, going for a walk, or even doing some housework or gardening. Then, for the best results, switch back to your everyday waist trainer once your physical activity is done for the day.

    You still might have a bit of an adjustment period when you wear your workout band, so start out slow and increase the amount of time you wear it once you get used to it.

    Checklist for Effective Waist Training

    We hope that explains the answer to your question about how long and how frequently to wear your waist trainer for the best results. To wrap it up, here’s a handy checklist you can use when you’re getting started.

    • Get your size and style right.
    • Remember this can be one of the most important factors in an effective waist training experience. Take accurate measurements, follow the sizing charts and always go a size up when you’re in between.
    • Try it on and verify the fit.
    • After you receive your waist trainer in the mail, try it on carefully. It will be tight, but you shouldn’t have to yank or pull hard to put it on.
    • Take measurements and photos to track your progress.
    • Daily training results in gradual changes. While weight loss can sometimes indicate progress, we highly recommend taking “before and after” measurements and photos. Try tracking at least monthly.
    • Start out gradually
    • Real change takes time, so be patient. Wear your waist trainer for just an hour or two at first so that your body will adjust to the way it feels and you break in the garment.
    • Increase the time you wear incrementally.
    • Add no more than an hour at a time. You should be up to a full day after a few weeks.
    • Incorporate a healthy lifestyle.
    • Waist training is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to the most effective slim down journey. Use it with a healthy diet, adequate hydration and regular exercise for the best results.
    • Aim to wear your waist trainer at least eight hours daily.
    • Again, this is once you’ve worked up to that time.
    • Alternate waist trainers.
    • You’ll probably find that if you want to wear a waist trainer daily, you’ll need more than one to rotate through your wardrobe. Start out with an everyday waist trainer plus a workout band.
    • Size down and celebrate your progress!
    • With dedication you’ll be tightening your waist trainer and may even need a smaller size! Be sure to reward yourself for sticking with it!

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  • Waist Training While Exercising: The Secret To Maximizing Your Workouts

    Tips for Exercise Waist Training

    What’s their secret?

    That’s the question everyone started asking when celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Jessica Alba, Beyonce and more started posting their workout selfies with tiny waists, even after pregnancy. And of course, the secret was waist training.

    Fortunately you don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy all the benefits of waist training.

    There are a lot of ways you can use a waist trainer, and during exercise is one of the most effective and popular. If you’re new to waist training, grabbing a waist-cinching workout band can be a great way to start.

    Interested? Here’s what you need to know about waist training during exercise.

    1. Get the right style and fit.

    We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a waist trainer that is fitted to your measurements and is the right design for your personal needs and body type.

    First, let’s talk about fit. You need to take your waist measurements before you order your waist trainer. Using vinyl or fabric measuring tape, measure the narrowest part of your waist, typically a couple of inches above your belly button. Make sure the tape is level and lies flat against your skin, but it shouldn’t be stretched tight. Once you have your measurement, be sure to follow the sizing chart for that waist trainer exactly (You'll find size charts on all of our product pages). When in doubt, always go a size up. Remember that you can tighten your cincher for a precision fit.

    Next, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the right style. Take note that if you have a particularly long or short torso, or if you’re plus size, you may want to choose from the styles designed for your particular body type (you can narrow your selection with this parameters on workout waist trainer page).

    If you desire more support for your bust and/or coverage for your back, you might prefer a vest style workout band. Finally, you’ll want to determine whether you want three rows of fastening hooks or two. Generally, three rows are ideal if you plan on slimming down significantly with your workout plan so that you’ll have more room to tighten the garment. Having two rows of hooks is ideal if you’re wanting to tone up and are already within 2–3 inches of your target size.

    We should also note that in order to get the best results, comfort and appearance, you should invest in a high-quality waist trainer. We have a carefully curated collection on our website to ensure a positive experience for everyone who tries it out.

    1. Plan to sweat.

    One of the reasons waist training during your workouts is effective is because it stimulates more sweat around your core. For this reason, you might prefer to wear a light tank top beneath the waist trainer to prevent skin irritation. We also recommend our waist training gel to keep your skin hydrated and firm.

    You’ll also want to be sure that you’re taking proper care of your waist trainer after you sweat in it—meaning you’ll need to hang it to dry, spot clean and gently wash periodically. If you plan on waist training beyond your workouts, keep two waist trainers rotating through your wardrobe to ensure that they stay fresh and dry, as well as retain their elasticity.

    1. Choose your workout.

    We are asked frequently what kinds of workouts are best with a waist trainer. And the answer is: lots! Here are some ideas to get your started.

    Strength training: wearing a waist trainer while lifting weights will help you sweat harder for higher intensity. It will also help you keep your core tight and your back straight, which is ideal no matter what type of lifting you’re doing.

    Running and cardio: We love cardio + waist trainers so much, it would almost feel weird not to wear on when on a machine or out for a jog. It’s a no-brainer way to add to the intensity of your workout.

    Pilates, planks and more: there are a ton of callisthenic exercises that can be enhanced with a waist trainer. Check out these videos from fitness expert Bianca Jade:

    • Side crunches with leg extension: Target the obliques, arms and legs. We recommend 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
    • Oblique hop plank hold: Target the obliques, chest, arms, back, glutes and legs. We recommend 8 sets of 10 repetitions.
    • Leg extension crunches: Target the abdomen, obliques and thighs. We recommend 6 sets of 12 repetitions.
    • Plank twists: Target the abdomen, deltoids and core. We recommend 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
    • Bridge: Target the back, abdomen and chest. We recommend 4 sets of 25 repetitions.
    • Leg lifts: Target the abdomen, obliques and chest. Recommend 4 sets of 15 repetitions.

    Note that there are a few types of workouts that aren’t ideal to do with waist training. Hopefully you don’t plan on taking your waist trainer in the pool. We also don’t recommend wearing it while doing crunches—although, as you can see above, there are plenty of non-crunch abdominal strengthening exercises that you can use alternatively that are very effective. Lastly, be careful when doing any high-intensity workouts or sports with a waist trainer. Since you’ll be sweating harder, you’ll want to take note if you start to overheat or get dehydrated. If you ever start feeling faint or other physical discomfort while wearing a waist trainer, remove it immediately, walk to slow down your heart rate, and drink water or hydrating fluids. Listen to your body and be smart, as you should any time you exercise.

    We hope you’re inspired by the many ways that waist training can enhance your workout routine. While wearing a waist trainer is part of the secret to maximizing your workouts, the other part is loving what you do and loving your results. Stick with it, and you’ll be more motivated as you make progress. And if you love your waist training workouts, be sure to share your results using #BeTheHourglass so that you can be an inspiration to others!

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  • What It’s Like to Wear a Waist Trainer

    What it's like to wear a waist trainer

    Wearing a waist trainer is a different than any other type of clothing. If you’ve never done it before, you might be surprised by several aspects of the experience

    We thought it would be helpful to put together a post that sets the right expectations, so you won’t have any surprises! With the right waist trainer and the proper fit, you can have a waist training experience that is comfortable and effective, no matter what your goals.

    Waist trainers can be a challenge to put on the first time.

    One of the most frequent comments we hear from new waist training customers is how it was a little tricky to put on their waist trainer for the very first time. Some have even questioned whether it was too small because of how tight it was.

    If you have taken correct measurements and followed the garment’s size chart, it shouldn’t be too small. In fact, you want it to fit tightly because that’s how you’ll know that it is doing its job!

    The trick to putting on a waist trainer with hook and eye closures is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Pull the lowest hook and eye on the garment together around the narrowest part of your waist and start fastening up. You can pull the garment down as you go. You should not have to yank or pull hard in order to make it fit. If you feel any pain, pinching or trouble breathing, take off the waist trainer right away—it may be too small. Waist trainers should feel tight, but they shouldn't hurt!

    If you happen to have a steel-boned corset as your waist trainer of choice, the process is completely different. Step into your body shaper corset with the steel busks in front. You’re then going to fasten the laces in the back from the top and bottom towards the middle, similar to the way you might tighten shoelaces. For the first few times you will probably need help with this, or at least a mirror. Tie off the corset in the middle of the back. However, don’t tighten your corset all the way the first time you wear it. It should hug your torso gently. You should wear it loosely like this for about an hour or two a day for at least a week in order to season it, or break it in. Otherwise you risk warping the corset. Once it’s seasoned, you can pull the laces as tight as you like.

    It will take time to get used to it.

    Firm compression around your torso can feel a little strange—you may sweat more, and it may feel different holding your back so straight.

    For this reason we highly recommend that you ease your way into waist training, especially if you plan on doing it every day. Start out wearing it for just one hour, and then incrementally add half an hour to an hour each day. If you do this consistently, you should feel comfortable wearing your waist trainer all day after a few weeks. If you’re planning on wearing a corset, you’ll want to do this anyway while you’re seasoning it.

    Even if you don’t plan on wearing a waist trainer every day as part of an ongoing regimen, you’ll still want to give your body as well as the garment itself an adjustment period. If you’re planning on wearing it for a special event like a wedding, work your way up to it. Otherwise you might be pretty uncomfortable on the big day, especially if it’s an all-day event.

    You will perspire and feel warm.

    One of the reasons waist training is effective is because it stimulates heat around your core and helps you sweat. This is particularly effective during workouts, as it will increase the intensity.

    For this reason, some women prefer to wear a light tank top underneath their waist trainer, to absorb the extra perspiration. You will also want to keep your waist trainer clean and dry, especially after hard workouts when you sweat a lot. If you plan on daily wear, we recommend having at least a couple of waist trainers to rotate. Many people like one for working out in and one for casual or professional wear. Spot clean or gently handwash the waist trainer you are not wearing and hang to dry.

    If you want to wear a waist trainer in a warmer climate, you might prefer a lighter constructed with cotton.

    You may eventually need to size down. (That's a good thing!)

    One of the benefits of wearing a waist trainer daily is that it can supplement you're other long-term slimming goals. If you are committed to daily wear and a healthy lifestyle, you may find that you will need to tighten your waist trainer or corset after a few weeks or months.

    Eventually you might even find that you need a smaller size garment, which is a reason to celebrate! If you plan on losing a lot of weight during your waist training journey, you might prefer a waist trainer with three rows of hooks or a steel-boned corset, both of which have more room for adjustment if you size down your waist by several inches.

    Note that over time with regular use, the latex in a waist trainer can start to lose its elasticity. This is another reason to size down eventually, as well as keep two waist trainers rotating through your wardrobe.

    Not all are the same.

    Beautiful women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so do waist trainers. That’s why we strive to keep a wide selection, to meet as many needs as possible. You may even find that what works well in one stage of your waist training experience isn’t as effective in other stages.

    Results with waist training can also vary quite a bit. Some women see dramatic results with regular waist training after just a few weeks, while for others it can take a long time before they see substantial changes. Having said this, anyone who tries on a waist trainer that fits and is well suited for their body type will see results of a flatter tummy and a reduced waistline of 1–3 inches with the garment on—instantly!

    If you’re wondering which options are right for you, here are a few to consider, no matter what stage you’re in during your personal waist training journey:

    • Workout waist bands: as was mentioned above, these are ideal for making you sweat harder and getting a more effective workout. They come in a variety of selfie-worthy colors and styles.
    • Everyday waist trainers: these are designed to wear…wherever you want! They can be worn for 8–12 hours comfortably and they come in black or tan, so they can be easily concealable under your clothes.
    • Vest-style: these are ideal if you desire extra support and lift for your bust or coverage for your back. If you have a high bust-to-waist ratio, be sure to get adjustable straps for the ideal fit.
    • Steel-boned corsets: these create a “wow” factor whether you use them as outerwear or conceal them under your clothes. Laces and steel boning create the most dramatic waist slimming results.
    • Long torso: if you’re a taller woman you might require a waist trainer that provides more coverage, particularly through the lower abdomen.
    • Petite: likewise, if you’re on the shorter side, you may prefer shorter cuts that won’t pinch at your ribs or your hips.
    • Three rows of hooks: if you expect to size down considerably with your waist training regimen, three rows of hooks will give you more room to size down using the same garment.
    • Plus size waist trainers: these are designed with the full-figured woman in mind, with stunning hourglass results.
    • Seamless: When you need invisible slimming, these are the best options to hide underneath your clothing.
    • Latex-free: if you have sensitivity to latex or just don’t prefer using the material, there are multiple waist trainer options constructed without latex.

    You will look amazing—and people will notice.

    Time and again, we hear from our customers how their waist training transformations have caught the attention of their friends and family. You don’t even have to lose weight in order to achieve an hourglass waistline and a flat tummy, free of love handles and muffin top. In fact, that is how a lot of people get started with waist training; they see the results of someone they know.

    That’s why we highly encourage you to share your results—whether on Instagram or your other favorite social media platforms, or even just among your closest friends and family. Take progress photos and waist measurements and prepare for everyone to be amazed at the changes in your figure. You never know who you might inspire!

    We hope this gives you a little vision about what it’s like to wear a waist trainer. Ready to get started? Check out this guide along with the other resources we have on our website. You're going to love your new curves!

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  • Plus Size Shapewear: Get Everything You Need for Your Body Type

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    At Hourglass Angel we believe that true beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, which is why we strive to provide a great selection of plus-size shaperwear.

    We love curves, but it's no secret that they can create some unique shaping challenges. Shapewear designed with plus-size curves in mind takes into account the support you may want for your bust and back as well as contouring and smoothing for other target areas.

    Here are our favorite selections of plus-size shapewear, with tips for making it work for your unique styling and shaping needs.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Waist Trainers

    A waist trainer is hands-down one of the most flattering types of shapewear you can use to enhance any body shape. Firm compression around the core flattens the tummy while creating hourglass curves and a tiny waistline. If you have curvy hips and a full bust, the power of a little waist can be stunning—and it’s very easy to attain with a high-quality waist trainer. Plus-size waist trainers are designed with the curvy woman in mind and will provide full coverage for the torso without leaving gaps or causing pinching and discomfort.

    One of our favorite plus-size waist training options is our very own Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel. It takes up to three inches off your waistline instantly and creates an hourglass shape. The reason it works so effectively is because of the flexible steel boning inside the bodice, combined with the compression of a latex core. While steel like this is typically reserved for lace-up corsets, we decided that we’d combine the best of two styles—and this is what we came up with. Waist trainers work by providing long-lasting maximum compression around the core, which stimulates perspiration and thermal activity. For this reason, this waist trainer is also ideal as a workout band.

    Since we recommend having at least two options if you’re serious about a waist training regimen, check out another workout band ideal for plus sizes, the Latex Workout Band Curve Creator by Hourglass Angel. It offers the same benefits as the Best Waist Trainer, with the convenience of a Velcro closure for when you’re on the go. You’ll experience superb compression during your workouts, which will increase the effectiveness of your exercise program. You can wear this during a variety of cardio and strength training exercises, or even on walks if you want to kick the intensity in your core up a notch.

    We also recommend vest-style waist trainers for plus sizes, particularly if you want additional support for the bust and coverage for the back. The Latex Waist Trainer Vest by Hourglass Angel is a waist-slimming, bust-enhancing everyday waist trainer that will also slim your waist up to three inches in an instant. It also combines the compression power of latex with the durability of light steel boning for maximum waist-slimming power. And of course, it eliminates any fear of back bulge, with more coverage for the upper back, and offers extra support for your bust.

    These waist trainers all run from size XS all the way to 5X, making them effective slimming options for anyone. The Best Waist Trainer and the Latex Waist Trainer Vest utilize three rows of hooks, so if you plan on sizing down, they will adjust to a perfect fit. And the Workout Band easily adjusts to the exact size you need with its adjustable Velcro closure.

    (And here’s a little bonus hint: it’s hard to pick just one, so why not try all three?)

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Body Shapers

    If you’re looking for a full-body makeover, we highly recommend bodysuits. These are ideal for special occasions or anytime you want to make a lasting impression. Bodysuits can hide invisibly under gowns, skirts and suits. Remember that for the most dramatic slimming and body-contouring results, you want high compression, not necessarily a smaller size.

    We have a couple of plus-size options that we love. Which one is right for you depends on your target areas as well as what you’re wearing on top.

    The Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose 4505 By Co'Coon will slim your tummy, midsection and hips into an hourglass shape without flattening your rear. Its special booty-lifting band is unique and works seamlessly with the other components of the garment, including thermal latex tummy panel that keeps the lower abdomen in check. You can instantly reduce your waist and hips by up to two sizes. This garment comes exclusively in sizes 2XL–5XL, so you know it will flatter a curvy woman in all the right places.

    The Leonisa Celebrity Style Body Shaper is another option that provides all-over slimming, with added full thigh control. While it’s powerful enough to wear for special events, it’s also lightweight and comfortable under everyday attire. You’ll experience a trimmed tummy, hip control, thigh-slimming, elimination of back bulge, and all-over smoothing in one simply zip-up garment. It also uses an open-bust design with straps for added support to the bust.

    Both of these options are designed to be invisible under your attire, so be sure to choose the color that suits your wardrobe best!

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    Plus Size Shaping Panties and Thigh Shapers

    One of the best benefits of quality shapewear is that it makes getting dressed in the morning easy! So many of your outfits will be much more flattering with a smooth foundation underneath. A must-have in every woman’s wardrobe is a shaping panty.

    The High-Waisted Panty Shaper with Booty Lift by Leonisa uses a high cut waist and compression to create a flat tummy and eliminate all instances of muffin top. In the back, curved seams and specially gathered elastic create a natural rear-rounding effect, without padding. You’ll get firm slimming of 1–2 inches instantly.

    Another option, depending on your body type and what you’re wearing over the top is a panty shaper with thigh control. The High Waist Firm Control Thigh Shaper by Va Bien is our favorite option and comes in sizes up to 6XL. Satin control panels smoothen your trouble areas including the thighs, hips, tummy and rear. And the garment stays firmly in place with a control waistband and flexible boning right at the natural waist.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Slimming Tanks

    Another shapewear must-have in any wardrobe is a slimming tank. This is an easy solution that you can layer underneath almost anything, and a good one will slim and smooth your whole torso.

    Our plus-size recommendation is the V-Neck Slimming Tank by TrueShapers. Our stylists were blown away by how great this tank looks and feels on several different body types. It can be worn by itself or underneath dresses, blouses and other tops and works for casual or athletic looks. The deep V-neck cut makes it extremely versatile under a variety of styles, including plunging necklines. Just step in and out of it for easy-on, easy-off. We also love how comfortable it is and how it can make a seamless, smooth look effortlessly. We carry it in sizes up to 3XL.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Slips

    The final piece of shapewear to complete a plus-size wardrobe is a shaping slip. Whether you’re an office professional who likes to dress to impress or you prefer more casual dress and skirt styles, a slip will ensure that your dress or skirt falls beautifully over your curves, the way it was designed to.

    Our favorite slip for plus-size figures is the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up. What makes it work so beautifully is its unique design that hooks into your bra. You can customize it to your unique shape by pairing it with your favorite bra, without worrying about any pinching or spillover effect. And back bulge—be gone. The body of the slip is also very effective, as it is designed to slim the waist and hips while providing all-over smoothing. The bottom of the skirt is finished with a lacey, silicone-backed hem that won’t ride up. To sum it up, your dress can flow the way it was designed to, over an hourglass-smooth silhouette.

    Inspired yet? Let us help you find the right shapewear for your body! We’re passionate about helping women of every shape and size find the right shapewear that will make them feel beautiful and confident, no matter what they’re wearing. From special events and weddings to everyday apparel, you can look fabulous every day, no matter what your body type. You just need to start with the right foundation underneath.

    We know the unique challenges that come with each body shape, and that’s why we have expert stylists who are prepared to answer your questions and help you find the perfect shaping garment for your needs. If you’ve done your homework and want some extra assistance putting that perfect outfit together, contact our customer service team and we’ll be happy to answer questions and provide recommendations.

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  • 5 Benefits of Wearing a Waist Trainer

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    By now you’ve probably heard about waist training, whether you’ve seen celebrities sporting their workout bands on social media or your friends have started wearing them. Waist trainers look cute and appear to make you slimmer, but perhaps you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about.

    Some people love their waist trainers because they do so much more than just make you slimmer for that one Instagram pose. Many of our customers are pleasantly surprised when they discover the unexpected results of our most popular waist-slimming garments. If you’re trying to decide whether to give waist training a try, consider these five benefits.

    1. Immediate Slimming Results

    When you first put on a waist trainer that is fitted properly, you’re going to see results immediately and anytime you're wearing the garment. You’ll notice an hourglass curve at your waist that eliminates muffin top and prevents your belly from sticking out. If you take measurements, you waist could be up to 4 inches slimmer instantly.

    For this reason, waist trainers make excellent special occasion garments, as they can help you fit effortlessly into tight-fitting or flowing dresses, pants and skirts. Every body type benefits from having a more defined waistline.

    In order to achieve the best results when you first try on your waist trainer, it’s important that you garment fits correctly and is a style ideal for your body type and lifestyle. Check out our complete guide to help you determine your ideal waist trainer. Also be sure that you are sizing your waist trainer correctly by following the sizing chart for the garment of your choice and taking accurate waist measurements.

    1. Enhanced Workouts

    It’s a good idea to work on strengthening your core when you’re wearing a waist trainer for the best results. A waist trainer should not take the place of strong core muscles; rather they should complement each other.

    A workout waist band can be an indispensable part of your workout wardrobe, which is designed to provide firm compression during vigorous movement and will help you sweat harder for a more effective workout.

    The garment stimulates thermal activity, literally increasing your body's natural heat. This makes you perspire more in the areas where you're trying to slim down—so you're getting more from your workout without the extra effort.

    Some women prefer using a waist trainer exclusive for working out in. In fact, our most colorful, selfie-worthy waist trainers are ideal for this purpose and are meant to be shown off!

    Wearing a workout band can complement a number of exercises, including but not limited to running, walking, racquet sports, aerobics, circuit training and strength training. We highly recommend you incorporate strength-building workouts for your whole body, but especially your core. Check out these workout recommendations if you need inspiration.

    Workout waist trainers are great on their own, but if you want to follow an everyday waist training regimen, we highly recommend that you also use your favorite everyday waist trainer for the best results and to keep your workout band fresh and clean.

    1. A Supplement to Your Long-Term Slimming Goals

    Many people use waist trainers to supplement their other slim-down goals. And because of the heat-stimulating properties, the more you use your waist trainer, the more you’ll know your efforts are working. For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer 8–12 hours a day, but keep in mind that results will vary depending on your lifestyle, goals, body type and other factors.

    If you’re new to waist training, we recommend starting out slowly. Wear your waist trainer for just an hour or two for the first couple of days and then slowly wear it for a little longer each day. You can take a break in the middle of the day if needed, or even take a day off. But stick with it and be consistent. After 2–3 weeks it will feel totally natural to wear your waist trainer all day.

    Be sure to check out some of our customer stories to discover what real women’s results can look like. These are everyday women of all shapes and sizes who have benefitted tremendously from wearing a waist trainer.

    1. Corrected, More Confident Posture

    One of the unexpected benefits of wearing a waist trainer is better posture. It’s something that many of our customers have been pleasantly surprised to discover, and it’s one of their favorite benefits. Professional women who sit at a desk all day tend to slouch, which is a big no-no for your back. While wearing a waist trainer, the compression forces to sit up straighter and thus provides more posture support.

    The corrected posture is good news for your back, but that's not the only benefit. You’ll look and feel more confident simply by the way you carry your torso. It's a look of confidence. Nonverbally you can send a powerful message just by standing a little taller.

    1. Motivation for a Healthier Lifestyle

    Sometimes one of the biggest hurdles to losing weight or getting healthy is the motivation to get started and keep going. Sticking to a healthy diet and going to the gym day after day can be difficult to keep up, especially if you hit a hurdle or a plateau in your progress.

    That’s where waist training can really benefit you—by keeping you going. Many of our customers have testified that they didn’t start out with healthy lifestyle changes when they started waist training, but once they got a vision for what their bodies could look like, they were more motivated to stick with it.

    It’s tough to make major changes to your lifestyle, but the first start is to just do something. And that something leads to other changes, until you find that being healthy is just a part of who you are. Waist training is just one piece of the puzzle, but for many women it has been exactly what they have needed to get started and stick with it.

    It’s evident that, while a waist trainer can provide instant results in slimming and enhancing your figure, it does a whole lot more. Not only will you love the way you look and feel, but your close friends and family will probably start noticing how you're changing and will wonder what your secret is!

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  • How Effective is Waist Training?

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    If you’re completely new to waist training, it’s normal to be a little curious and maybe even a little skeptical about how well it works. Is it really possible to slim down your waistline simply by wearing a band around your waist?

    Actually yes—that's exactly what happens as soon as you put on a waist trainer. Some high-compression waist trainers instantly shrink your waistline by up to four inches!

    But, what about when you take the garment off? That's a whole different side of waist training. There are a lot of nuances that can affect your long-term waist training experience.

    If you’re new to waist training and wondering what to expect and how effective your experience will be, here are some possibilities.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Waist Trainer

    Like many health and fitness practices, what you get out of waist training largely depends on what you put into it.

    First, we recommend doing your homework about which waist trainer, or combination of waist trainers, is going to be right for you. Factors to consider include your size and shape, your lifestyle, and your slimming goals. The most important thing is that your waist trainer fits correctly.

    Check out this complete guide for more tips on choosing your waist trainer.

    Once you have the ideal waist trainer and have confirmed that it is a great fit, the next step is to wear it—often. For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer at least eight hours a day.

    What to Expect When Putting It On

    Eight hours a day may sound daunting at first, especially since you may find it a bit uncomfortable the first time you try your waist trainer on. But don’t worry; it’s a practice you can learn slowly.

    • We recommend starting out wearing your waist trainer for just an hour or two and then incrementally adding a little more time each day.
    • This gives your waist trainer the opportunity to break in, and it also gives your body the opportunity to adjust to the way it feels.
    • You can take breaks if you need to; skip a day once a week when you first start out if you want, or break up your wear into two shorter sessions in the same day.
    • Generally, with dedication, most people are able to comfortably wear their waist trainer from 8–12 hours a day after about a month.

    Don't Forget to Eat Well

    The final piece to making your waist training experience most effective is to complement your waist trainer use with proper diet and exercise. If this is personally a challenge for you, remember that you can make incremental changes in this area as well. In fact, wearing the waist trainer can even motivate you as you start to see results.

    • Drink more water instead of caffeine and sweetened beverages.
    • Eat more whole ingredients and less processed foods and sugar.
    • Consume smaller portions (which you’ll want to do when wearing a waist trainer anyway).
    • Aim to work out 4–5 days a week, including both cardio and core-strengthening exercises.

    All of these factors working together are what create the most powerful results during a waist training regimen.

    How and When To Expect Results

    This is one of the most frequent questions we receive: “How long until I see results?” We can’t put an exact number on how or when you will see results, because each person is different. But we must emphasize that if you trust the process and stick with it, you’re going to be happy that you did.

    The best way to know if your waist training routine is working is to track your progress. We don’t recommend watching the pounds on the scale terribly closely, as this can be misleading (especially if you’re building more muscle mass through your workout routine). Instead, we recommend taking waist measurements and progress photos.

    • Take a picture of your waistline without your waist trainer on at least monthly, if not weekly.
    • Try to wear the same outfit and take your photo in the same light and angle, at the same time of day.
    • Photos and measurements don’t lie, and we’re pretty confident you’ll be pleased with what you’ll see.

    One thing we don’t recommend is comparing your waist training results to someone else’s. While we love it when women inspire each other, everyone’s experience is different. Lifestyle, shape, size, goals and even genetics are all factors that generate different experiences and results.

    Having said that, we do love showcasing just how effective waist training can be with our customers’ results.

    What Customers Are Saying

    Now it’s time to get inspired! Here are some real results that Hourglass Angel waist training customers have experienced from their waist training routines:

    • “I have gone from a 42 to a 38. Wearing the waist trainer also teaches you to eat smaller portions hence changing you eating habit. My aunt and sisters have noticed the changes. Now they are also wearing them.”
      –Trena, purchased Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest
    • “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.”
      –Lillie, read her full story here
    • “I've only been wearing my cincher about a week and a half now but I swear I'm seeing results already! I work 40 hours a week, 5–8 hour days so it is very easy for me to simply wear my cincher to work. On the weekend I just throw it on for a few hours during my day. I currently have a desk job that I have been at for 5 years and have trouble with my posture usually but my cincher has already helped with that immensely! I love it! It's not too uncomfortable to wear... think someone's giving you a tight hug all day long! I'm thinking maybe in another month I'll be able to move over to the next set of hooks! Super excited about it! :)
      –Meagan, purchased Classic Waist Cincher by Amia.

     

    These are just a few of the many results real women have experienced. You can find more in our Before and After Gallery as well as in the reviews of every waist trainer we carry. And be sure to tell us about your own waist training experience! #bethehourglass

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  • Interview: How Waist Training Fit into My Personal & Professional Routines

    Waist Training Transformation with Gina

    Gina is a promoter and marketing professional who knows that first impressions are everything. Although she was mostly satisfied with her figure, she has always struggled with trouble spots, including her abs and hips. She used waist training to achieve a more toned look, and in the process she improved her posture and started to see more results from her workouts. After eight weeks, she wasn't the only one noticing these results. Her boyfriend, friends, family and colleagues all complimented her on her new look. We recently chatted with Gina for an inside look at her inspiring waist training journey.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a professional promoter/marketing specialist. I have my own promotions company. I am also a published model. I've promoted for clubs, bands, bars, clothing companies, tattoo shops, conventions, jewelry companies, and more recently a hair salon, yoga studio and fitness brands. I aspire to be featured in more magazines and work with other professionals like myself. I try to stay active and healthy and I enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as cooking, swimming, jogging, and reading.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    Overall I am happy with my appearance, but my trouble spots are my thighs and lower abs. When I started waist training my goal was to tone up and correct my posture. My overall fitness goal is to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle and of course tone my body.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I chose the Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery after speaking with a representative from Hourglass Angel.  I told her my goals and she suggested a few items. I ultimately chose this particular product because of my active lifestyle. It allowed for movement while working out, but also would help to keep good posture. I also knew I would be wearing it over clothing and I found this particular item to be very aesthetically pleasing.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first tried the garment I was at home. It was easy to put on. I found it to be a bit bunchy in certain places. I felt it was too big by the neck and back and too small by the ribs and hips. It fit well at the waist on the 1st closure. I already have an hourglass shape, so I find it hard to find garments that fit just right in all areas of my body at the same time. It’s either too loose in the waist or too tight on the hips. This item was as close as it was going to get with my body type. I even tried the next size up to make sure of the fit.  The next size up was way too large, so I wound up using the original product.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    When I first started using the garment I would put it on for a few hours at a time. I used it pretty much every day and increased the amount of time I wore it each week. I also made sure to wear it during workouts that included walking, jogging, running, or any stand exercises. I tried to incorporate it with ab workouts as well. I found over time this became easier.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    This garment definitely lived up to my expectations. Overall it was comfortable, easy to put on, easy to clean, and it definitely improved my posture. By the time the 8 weeks were over I was able to work out comfortably while using the middle closure.

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

    I kept my routine the same. I always try to eat healthy and I work out regularly. While waist training, the only thing I did differently was intensify my workouts. I would work out more often, for longer periods of time, or with larger reps.

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

    I have always been very curvy. My hips are a full foot wider than my waist. It has always been a challenge for me to lose weight in my hips and thighs. My stomach has always been small but sometimes it is hard to tone up exactly where you want to while keeping the parts of your body that you are happy with the same. I feel this garment has helped me to tone up and greatly improved my posture. Just from standing up straight or sitting up straight my professional pictures tend to come out much better and my back pain has subsided greatly.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started to feel results before I could see them. I felt my posture getting better by the second week, and I could see my stomach getting a little smaller and tighter by the 5th week. By the 7th week I was able to move the trainer to the middle closure. When I had first started I was only just able to close it on the 1st closure.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My boyfriend, friends, family, and photographer have all noticed a difference. They all say my posture has improved and I look “smaller” or that I have “lost weight”. 

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

    First and foremost I would have them speak to Claire Hoffman. She helped me to select the right product for my personal fitness goals. I think it is very important to find exactly what you need to achieve the results you are looking for. I was not looking for undergarments that slim me till I take them off. I was looking for long term results and an improvement in my posture and overall health. I feel because I used the trainer as part of my routine it has helped me to achieve my goals. I will definitely continue to use it regularly and I can't wait to try more products from Hourglass Angel. I represent a lot of fitness brands and shapewear brands and I have to say the quality of the product and the professionalism of the representatives far surpasses any other shapewear company I've worked with.

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  • Interview: How Long-Term Waist Training is Helping this Mom Regain Her Pre-Baby Figure

    Waist Training Transformation with Denice

    Denice is a mother of three, a medical-office receptionist and a full-time student who is studying to become a Medical Assistant. Back in 2014, Denice was pregnant with her first son and had gained 80 pounds. Like many new moms, she struggled to get pre-baby figure back after childbirth. Additionally, she began having issues with self-confidence, which created even more roadblocks.

    It wasn't until she tried waist training that things started to turn around. The immediate slimming effect gave her the confidence she needed to pursue her weight-loss goals and amp up her workouts. She has tried a few garments over the last several months, as well as waist training gel, and she's seeing the results of these long-term efforts. Today, everyone is noticing Denice's transformation, including her husband, who told her, "I didn’t think that waist training thing was going to work, but you look amazing!"

    Denice’s story is an inspiration for anyone who has started out waist training with big goals. Her perseverance shows that even when life circumstances make it difficult, waist training will pay off in the long run. In this inspiring interview, Denice reveals how she did it—plus check out our tips after the interview about how to overcome your own obstacles and get into an effective groove.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a Receptionist for the Consulting Nurse Service for Kaiser Permanente of Washington. I am also a full-time student, currently studying to get my AAS (Associates of Applied Sciences) as a Medical Assistant. I also have three little boys at home. Two biologically and one foster child, it can be tough at times but my husband and I make it work.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    When I became pregnant with my first son I weighed 131 pounds. Fast forward 9 months, I was 210 pounds. This was my first pregnancy and I gained 80 pounds! I thought that once I had him all the weight would just fall off. Boy was I wrong because it did not, my son was 8 months old and I still weighed 195 pounds! I couldn’t believe it! I did not know how big I was until I saw a graduation picture of me after I completed my CNA course; this was unacceptable for me as I have never been a big person.

    I knew I needed to change. I had heard of corseting but I did not think I was ready for that so I decided to give waist training a try. I searched and searched for a reputable website to purchase from and I found Hourglass Angel. It was even more awesome when I saw they carried the Ann Chery brand everyone raved about so I thought “Why not give them a chance.” My goal was to get my waist from 33 inches back down to the 25-26 inches it used to be, while losing weight and trying to burn off this “mommy pouch.”

    I also decided to give waist training a try because I developed diastasis recti after having my second son. Diastasis Recti is when your abdominal muscles separate during the gestational period and stay separated postpartum. I had a four-finger gap with a hernia, it hurt tremendously not to have something supporting my stomach and a waist trainer was a cute way for me to do that! I had no clue at that time it would help me close the diastasis recti gap.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I have used a few garments, most being Ann Chery. The first I used was the Animal Instincts because it was big enough for me at the time and was cute! :)

    The other garments I purchased were the Ann Chery Latex 3 row hook-and-eye closure and the Amia Workout Cincher in pink. I purchased both of those because I realized quickly with the Animal Instincts that I needed one I could workout in and another one to wear all day. I used these because I have a medium length torso and they fit me well enough not to dig into my hip bones when I sat down or leave my bottom belly fat out. The hook-and-eye closure was also built sturdy so I wasn’t afraid I would pop them at all.

    Then I tried the Amia Vest which I actually LOVE mostly because it covers the back fat and has a tight hold. It did make me nervous to put it on because of the hook-and-eye closure. The hook-and-eye is sewn in cloth and I’m used to it being in the latex so it made me nervous to put on and to my surprise it never popped or lost a stitch and it shrunk my waist by over an inch.

    Most recently I tried the Hourglass Angel brand, Core Slim Latex Waist Trainer with Zipper and the AMP Your Curves Waist Training Gel. I was asked by Hourglass Angel if I would be willing to try both and of course I said YES! Especially to the gel, I needed something to help my sagging and I hoped the AMP Your Curves gel would.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    My first time putting on a waist trainer I thought, “Oh no! I ordered the wrong size” and measured my waist another two times just to make sure I did it correctly. I took me a good minute but I got it on. At first I felt like I thought, “There is no way I am going to be able to wear this ALL day!” So I wore it for a few hours at home on my day off. Once I finally got it on I could not help but notice how gorgeous and curvy I looked! I was no longer embarrassed to be 190 pounds; I was happy. I started to love myself again and that made me go even harder when it came to waist training and getting results.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    When I first received my first garment I could only muster 2 to 4 hours in it. I did that for about 3-4 days. After that time I was able to wear it anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. And at this time I was able to work out while I wore it. After about two weeks I was able to increase my wear up to 8 hours a day. Eventually I wore my garments up to 12 hours a day, never less than 10 hours a day. I purchased a separate trainer for working out as you sweat a lot in the abdominal area while working out and I don’t like to put the damp trainer back on.

    Most recently I have not been able to work out or be active, as I had foot surgery prior to wearing the garment so the entire time I was using crutches to get around or just sitting. I tried to wear the Hourglass Angel brand garment every day but I did miss a few. My goal was to wear the garment at least 10 hours a day. In the beginning, I could only wear it about 4 hours and gradually it increased to 8 hours, I never got to the 10 hours I hoped to reach but there is still time.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    My first waist training garments exceeded my goals. I expected to lose maybe an inch off my waist, nothing more. But this garment has shrunk my waist over an inch after a few weeks.

    With my most recent experience with the Core Slim waist trainer, in terms of the look and feel I think the garment exceeded my expectations. Its soft on the outside and the zipper gave me the extra confidence I needed in the garment. Sometimes I wonder if the hook-and-eye closures will hold for me, having the zipper gave me that extra security. The gel went ABOVE and BEYOUND all I could have imagined! I had sagging on the right side of my belly, much more than the left side. After 1 week of using the gel every day while waist training I could see an enormous difference. I am still amazed with how well the gel works with consistency.

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

    I am a terrible eater. I cook almost all of my meals so I am not the type to eat out a lot, but I did not stop eating my lumpia, adobo, teriyaki chicken or rice. I did use coconut oil to fry any foods that required frying. I did however incorporate more fruits into my diet.

    When I first started waist training, my goal was to workout at least 5 days a week, but I only managed to get a one hour workout in 3 times a week steadily, at times I would do more but never less than 3 times a week. I wore it around the house while cleaning and playing with my boys as well.

    Most recently, my diet has been basic. Because I am not able to work out like I want to I try to stick with eating healthy but it doesn’t always work. Even with all that I was able to maintain my waist measurement at 26” AND I managed to gain a pound or two. Lol

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss or fitness?In the past I have never had any weight issues, I was always a small girl. After my first son in 2014 I suffered from insecurity due to the weight I gained and never lost. Purchasing a waist trainer made me feel beautiful again. It gave me the confidence I once had and showed me no matter what size I am, I am still the same beautiful woman I was before the weight. It motivated me to lose the weight because of what I thought about me, not anyone else’s opinion. Today I am still on that journey and I am WINNING!
    1. When did you start seeing results?

    Once I put my first garment on I immediately say a 2-inch decrease in my waist measurement. My curves were more pronounced and no longer hidden. Through taking photos in the long-term I can most definitely see results, my waist is noticeably smaller, I feel sexier. Also when I don’t wear the garment for a couple days the results are still there and noticeable! J

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My husband has noticed my results and he loves them. He actually said “I didn’t think that waist training thing was going to work, but you look amazing!” My mommy friends and sisters-in-law always ask what I’ve been doing. As a matter of fact one of my in-laws asked if I got lipo! I laughed and lifted my shirt to show my “mommy pouch” and told her it’s my waist training routine!

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

    If you are thinking about waist training go ahead and try it! It can change your life like it has positively changed mine. Some trainers are a little pricey but it is worth it to invest in yourself, you get what you pay for and they hold up FOREVER! Keep in mind everyone is different and it takes time but with hard work and dedication you will see the benefits. Oh, and take pictures! I cannot stress this enough, a lot of the time I don’t see changes and it is discouraging for me, makes me think why am I doing all this?! Then I go back to my pictures and do a side by side from the beginning until now, and let me tell you, you can see the magic! Most importantly do this for YOU because you want to better YOU! 😊

    How to Overcome Waist Training Obstacles

    Everyone’s results are different with waist training, so it’s possible that you’ll be frustrated if you hit a plateau or circumstances prevent you from meeting your goals. Here are several tips for getting back into a groove with waist training, even when you hit obstacles.

    1. Try a different waist trainer: If you’re not getting the results you want, you might consider trying a different brand or material that is better suited for your body type. Talk to our customer service team to get the best advice.
    2. Try a different workout routine: if you’re not in a regular workout habit, this can make a huge difference in your results. In particular, do strength-building exercises two to three days a week, which will boost your metabolism and help you get stronger.
    3. Keep progress photos: as Denice mentioned, these can be a huge motivator when you see how far you’ve come.
    4. Start over when you have to: if you’ve fallen off the wagon with waist training every day, start over. Wear your waist trainer for a few hours a day at first and then gradually increase wear.
    5. Get a waist training buddy: this is a fun and effective way to stick with the habit, when you have a friend who is going through the process with you.
    6. Implement gradual lifestyle changes: remember that waist training is most effective when done with healthy diet and regular exercise. But if you try to change everything at once, it can be hard to keep up with. Do a couple of small changes in your lifestyle at a time until they are daily habits; then move on to the next step. For example, maybe for the next few weeks you just focus on drinking more water and tracking your steps. In the following weeks you might focus on gradually changing your diet from processed to whole foods. Eventually you start increasing the intensity of your workouts. And so on.
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