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WAIST TRAINING RESULTS: How long should it take?


Here’s a question I receive nearly every day:

“My natural waist is 30 inches, and I just started waist training. How long will it take to see real results, and obtain a natural 24 inch waist?”

 Of course, the exact wording, the numbers, and the goals all vary slightly from person to person. But I will tell you what I tell all of them – and you will not be happy:

I DON’T KNOW. And unfortunately, neither can anyone else. If someone claims that they CAN give you a specific duration of time that you will achieve your waist training goal, they are flat out lying.

If you look at these Before / After Waist Training examples, you will see that people have achieved all kinds of results, in all different durations. Some saw a marked difference in three months, while others achieved less dramatic results over two years. It’s different for everyone.

WHY is this?

The (semi)permanent results of waist training is dependent on a number of factors, including your body’s current state and your genetic pre-disposition, the quality of your corset and its compatibility with your body, and the way you train in your corset. Let’s break those down in further detail:


Factor #1: Your body type and current body stats

Abdominal body fat can be subcutaneous or visceral - and they affect your corset training differently.
Abdominal body fat can be subcutaneous or visceral – and they affect your corset training differently.

Your Body Fat

  • Adipose tissue can immediately compress down a lot more than muscle in a corset, but it also bounces back when you remove the corset. Some with a high body fat % are able to cinch down 10 inches in the waist, while someone with very low body fat may only be able to cinch down 2-3 inches.
  • Weight distribution also plays a role. Do you tend to carry more weight in your belly, or do you carry more weight on your hips and thighs? If you do carry weight in your belly, do you have a lot of visceral fat or subcutaneous fat? Subcutaneous fat sits under the skin but above the muscle, and makes your skin soft and malleable. Visceral fat is the more ‘dangerous’ fat that sits under your abdominal muscle, between your organs. Someone with more subcutaneous fat (even over their tummy) will probably have an easier time lacing down than someone with visceral body fat.

Your Muscle Tone

  • Very toned, dense muscles may be more difficult to cinch down compared to less toned muscles, BUT if you time your workouts well, you can actually use your resistance exercise regimen to your advantage in waist training to change the morphology of your oblique muscles and have them almost “grow” into the hourglass shape encouraged by the corset. Also, once you get to higher reductions, you have to “stretch” those side muscles, and also the tendons and ligaments. Some people’s bodies seem to more readily accommodate to this than other people’s bodies.

 Your Skeletal Frame

  • Do you have wider ribcage or smaller ribcage? Are your ribs flexible and are you able to accommodate corsets with a conical ribcage easily, or is your ribcage very inflexible and difficult to move? Those who are easily able to train their ribs are likely to see faster waist training results than those whose ribs are very rigid. My article on the corset’s effect on the skeleton goes into more detail about this.

Your Age

  • More mature waist trainers have bones that are not only less dense, but less malleable compared to younger trainers. For more information on how age can affect your corseting, see my article on waist training and age restrictions.

 Your Organs

  • When you look at human anatomy in a textbook, you’re seeing a general “average” of the size and orientation of organs. But not everyone’s organs look like that! Some people have larger organs, some have smaller organs. Even the position and orientation of organs can very slightly differ between individuals, and that small variation might make a huge difference in how well your body can accommodate the restriction of a corset. For further information, see my article on corsets and organs.

Your Water Retention

  • What’s your water content like? If you are often bloated or have water retention, either due to your lifestyle or because of a medical condition, you not only won’t be able to lace down as much or as readily, but you have more of that “temporary squish” to you as opposed to contributing to that “long term training”.

Whether You’ve Been Pregnant Before

  • Have you had a baby before or not? While this point is a bit more anecdotal, it seems that mothers are (on average) able to lace down more readily/ more comfortably/ to higher reductions compared to nulliparous women. Maybe this has to do with the fact that the baby had moved around a woman’s organs (especially in the final trimester), or the relaxin in your system during pregnancy had stretched out some tendons and ligaments already, or the woman was already accustomed to the feeling of restriction or breathing higher up in the chest, so she may be psychologically more comfortable with the feeling of being corseted. Read more about corsets after childbirth.


Factor #2: Your Corset

This corset has a conical ribcage, and will be more effective at training the ribcage.
This corset has a conical ribcage, and will be more effective at training the ribcage compared to a rounded ribcage.

Proper Fit

  • Is your corset comfortable? Does your corset fit you properly: when you lace down, does it reduce only the waist, and is it lying flat and gently supporting your upper ribcage and your hip area? Is your corset gap straight or uneven? Or is the corset overall not curvy enough: and is it giving you muffin top, pinching your hips or causing any lower tummy pooch to spill out underneath? A well-fitting corset is not only more effective at shaping, but it’s also much more comfortable, so you’ll be encouraged to wear it longer and more often.


  • Is the corset strong? Does it hold up to the tension without buckling? Are the seams securely stitched? Are the bones creating a proper scaffold and not digging into your body? Are the grommets holding in? Having to put your training on hold – not because you want to, but because your corset breaks every 2 months and you have to replace it – is not cost effective and it’s not time-effective. If you’re in this for the long haul, invest in something strong and custom. See my article on Waist Training vs Tight Lacing, which also covers different requirements of a suitable corset for each.


  • Is the corset the right silhouette to do the right job? If you want to train your ribcage, you might need a conical ribcage corset, which gradually tapers down and increases the pressure on the lower ribcage. A corset with a mild silhouette or with a corset with a rounded ribcage will give you a different effect. Be sure that the corset you are using is designed to do for you what you want. You can’t force a round peg through a square hole and expect a triangle to come out.


Factor #3: Your Lifestyle Habits and Training Methods

I demonstrate a bicycle crunch, one of the staples of my daily core workout.
I demonstrate a bicycle crunch, one of the staples of my daily core workout.

 Supplementary Exercise

  • Are you exercising alongside your waist training? Adding or increasing core resistance training can help you see results faster by encouraging your muscles to “heal” in a certain way. Even if you have no intention of losing weight (you only use a corset to see a change in your silhouette), exercise is still important! If you don’t add some core resistance training, your torso may see some shaping from the corset, but it may be squishy and complacent, and not hold that hourglass shape as well as if you were combining it with resistance training.


  • Are you eating clean? Are you getting enough fiber so that you stay regular when corseting? Are you avoiding foods that you know can cause bloating or discomfort in your corset? Are you having regular small balanced meals, or are you the type to fast and then feast? Corseting over a large meal can be uncomfortable and difficult, and the quality of that meal also counts. You don’t necessarily need a specific diet for waist training, but eating sensibly goes a long way.


  • Are you staying hydrated? Are you getting a lot of clean water or tea? Are you keeping your electrolytes balanced (this ties in with water retention). Are you watching your blood pressure (which relates to your blood volume)? Do you take in a lot of caffeine or other diuretics, and are you making sure that your water intake balances that out?

Duration of your corset wear (and reduction)

  • To get the best results in a corset, you have to use it. What method of waist training are you using? There is Romantasy’s “Roller Coaster” method, and there is the Contour Corsets “Cycle” Method (see the differences between the two waist training methods). Some people use a combination of both, or they may try a different method altogether. Some people consider waist training as wearing their corset only 8 hours a day while they’re out working. Others waist train by only wearing a corset to bed at night. Some people wear their corsets 12 or 16 hours a day, and a few very dedicated ones wear their corset 23 hours a day.
  • The body responds best to consistency – for reasons I’ll explain in an upcoming article, you’ll probably see more results (and more comfortably!) if you wear a corset at a light or moderate reduction for long hours, as opposed to tightlacing or overlacing your corset for an hour and then not wearing it again for a few days.

Let’s use an infomercial exercise program as a metaphor for waist training expectations. Many exercise programs say that you CAN lose UP TO 20 lbs per month (as an example), but read the small print and you find that these results are not typical. Many of these programs are also backed up with a guarantee that with proper compliance to the program, you will see some kind of result (often within 60 or 90 days) or your money back.

But you will notice that they do not guarantee a certain number of inches lost, because people have different bodies, different fitness levels, different levels of compliance. It’s the same with a waist training program.

Ann Grogan (of Romantasy) offers the only corset training program I currently know of – in her some 25 years of working with waist trainers and 14 years officially coaching, she is able to confidently say that with her 3-month waist training program, you’re likely to see some noticable results in your natural waist with proper compliance to the program (the program covers a lot of factors: the type of corset you’re using, the reduction, the hours, the foods you eat, the exercises you do, etc). But since each program is personalized based on goals, each person’s compliance is different and each person’s body accommodates their corset differently, it’s still very difficult to precisely predict how many inches you’ll lose, or how fast.

What I have found is the highest indicator of success is whether you actually enjoy wearing your corset and find it completely comfortable. If you practice patience, and wear your corset consistently (and ironically, not be overly attached to your end goal), you are likely to see more results over time than someone who is less patient and is only corseting for the end result. But I will cover that in another article soon.

Do you currently waist train, or did you train in the past? How long did it take you to see results? Let me know in a comment below!

142 thoughts on “WAIST TRAINING RESULTS: How long should it take?

  1. I have a natural 25-inch waist and I’d like to reduce it to 23-22 inches. What size should I pick to achieve that? at the end of my journey should I have a corset that has a size 18″ or 20? I want 23 inches so bad..

    1. Hi Dyee, if you have a 25″ natural waist and you’ve never worn a corset before, I would start with a size 20″ corset for you. Over time you may choose to go down to a size 18″ waist but I would not start with the 18″ for you right away – a too-small corset doesn’t fit correctly and will end up putting you back in the long run.

  2. Hello, if I’ve successfully go down to 24″ as my natural waist, how long and how often should I wear the the corset for maintenance? thank you

    1. Hi Kai, I have a video on permanent waist reduction and maintenance corseting here! It should answer most of your questions. :) Many people choose to sleep in their corset and enjoy their smaller natural waist during the day, but some choose to corset say in the evenings a few days a week, or whatever suits their schedule.

  3. Can wear during sports

    1. Hi Nancy, generally speak I don’t recommend wearing corsets during sports. I have an article here explaining why.

  4. I would like to know where you get your information?

    1. Hi Deb, in the context of this specific article, I have a degree in health sciences (which has involved several anatomy and physiology courses), a certification in nutrition, including sports nutrition where I’ve spoken with personal trainers (waist training has some crossover with other types of physical training), as well as I’ve consulted with many nurses, several physicians, and a chiropractor on the physical effects of wearing corsets.
      I’m also a trained corsetiere (I am able to make custom corsets) and have over 14 years of experience wearing them, including tightlacing and waist training – but beyond my own experience, I also source information from speaking with well-established authorities in the corset industry like Ann Grogan of Romantasy (30 years of corset experience), Fakir Musafar (over 60 years of experience) among others. If there are any specific areas or topics where you’d like more in-depth information, please let me know and I can direct you to various books, people or other resources.

  5. Hi I would like to let you know it only took about 1 week of using my corset to see really noticeable results. However, I was also doing small amounts of exercising, nothing extensive just some stretching, squats, push-ups and a bit of cardio from dancing. I also cut super salty foods and super surgery foods out of my diet and I lost almost an inch within 15 days.

  6. Hello Lucy, first of all thank you for this site. Secondly, I’m in a bit of a bind haha, and I am really, really desperate for some insight. So if you read this I’ll be eternally grateful.

    I’m going to cali theme parks in a few weeks. Sounds fun. I love thrill rides. I love rides. I love parks. Except…I’m fatter than I used to be. Fat enough that on a local carnival ride, I was almost too fat for the over chest bar and lap bars to latch. (About 54″ waist and 52″ bust). I have large boobs, but I carry most of it in my stomach that hangs kinda low and round like santa claus.

    Yeah…I have plenty of reason to fear being kicked off rides this time, and I don’t want that to happen not just cause of embarrassment but because I really…really have a thing for rides, like I want to go on them.

    So I decided for the next few weeks, I’m reducing calories to under 900 a day, and adding intense daily workouts as I can.

    I also bought a cincher corset in the hopes that will help. Is there any chance that my plan will work out in a way giving me better hope for roller coaster lap bars fitting on me? Like for example, hope that all of this combined with a corset routine will get me down from 54″ to below 44″? I realllly hope so, that’s all.

    1. Hi Achew, with weight loss and a genuine corset together, you may be able to reduce your waist to 44″ with the corset on (some plus models are able to reduce their waist 8 inches for photo shoots without any change to their diet at all!) but for changes in your natural waist, I would definitely take more time for such dramatic results. Usually waist training results can be seen in a minimum of 3-6 months.

      I’m also a registered nutritionist and I’m worried that you’re cutting down your calories too much. The body has ways of protecting itself and when calories are dropped so low, it can cause cortisol to surge and encourage the body to hold onto weight (and pack on more in the future as a defense mechanism against further famine). And those who have high cortisol tend to preferentially hold weight in their waistline (read up on HSD1 – even if you have perfect willpower, the enzyme will still put weight on the tummy). By all means eat healthily (at least 1200 calories) and exercise, but give yourself more time to see results. I completely understand the appeal of losing weight quickly for an event, but crash diets so rarely work and do so much damage to the metabolism that I can’t really condone them.

      1. Thank you for the reply! It makes me feel better to know I shouldn’t have to be so dramatic with the weight loss since it won’t happen in time anyway. I can definitely up my calorie intake a little if it’s healthier, a breath of fresh comfy air. I was going by a calculator telling me how much I’d have to reduce to lose any pounds by a certain date.

        But it’s also nice to know I might be able to temporarily do something about my waist size by wearing my corset to the park. I really want to fit the lap bars! I’ll squeeze it in or whatever it takes lol. Maybe it’s an irrational fear and I wouldn’t have a problem on the rides but being embarrassed seeing the attendant struggling with the lap bar at the fair even though I sucked in my tummy…set off some alarms.

  7. Hi, I’ve been measured for a corset and am currently wearing mine for the first day. very excited. I had a baby 5 years ago now and have never managed to get my original shape back so I’m hoping this will help. Do you have any tips for post pregnancy waist training? (especially as it’s been so long since I was pregnant!)

  8. I am around a size 6-8 but what size waist trainer would I need to see the best results.

    1. Hi Lauren, corsets aren’t usually sold by the same sizing method as other clothing. Most of the time they’re sized by circumference around the waist, in inches. I have a free sizing guide and contact form on this page, I’m happy to recommend a corset for you!

  9. I am 5 foot 1 and weigh around 113 lbs. I have a small waist naturally but quite wide, square hips. I’d like more definition in my body to emphasize the size of my butt. Is this something I can do with corsets or clinchers.

    1. Hi Marine, sorry for the late response – we’ve been having issues with the comments section, but it should be resolved now. Corsets unfortunately don’t allow your bum to grow but because of the smallness of the waist, it makes your bips and bum appear larger by contrast. But if you want to increase the size of your bottom, I highly recommend exercises like squats, donkey kicks, etc to build the muscle.

  10. Hey im using waist cincher , will it help my tummy to slip down and have a hour glass shape?

  11. Hey I was wondering if you could give me some links to really effective good corsets

    1. Hi Grace, you’re welcome to use my corset inquiry here, just take your measurements as shown in the video on that page, and I’ll get back to you within a day on recommendations of genuine corsets that will fit you properly. :)

  12. Thanks for this! I just had a question everyone here is vegan and I was wondering if they just nought normal ones? Because I havnt found one not made with cotton and I really wanna get one :( if anybody knows of any vegan waist trainers let me know!

    1. Hi Hannah, why can you not wear cotton? Cotton comes from plants.
      If you insist on having a corset constructed from a different plant-based fiber like bamboo or hemp, perhaps see if Electra Designs is able to squeeze in a commission for you. She is a vegan corset maker, takes custom orders, and her corsets are not cheap but they are very high quality.

  13. Thank u. Very helpful

  14. Thanks a lot for articles and videos, they are very helpful.I came to know about the difference between a real corset and waist clincher. I am Asian and my body is a bit curvy already and I want to do waist training to tone my abdomen. My height is 5.3 with weight 56 kg my overall weight distribution is fine I guess but my stomach Is a bit fatty,please suggest if waist training will help in toning my abdomen? I have bought a 24 spiral steel corset with 28 waist,and my natural waist is 33,I am willing to wear it 23*7. My age is 23 and m a virgin. Please suggest will I able to shrink my stomach. Sorry for long comment,really looking forward for your suggestion. Thanks

    1. Hello Tanvi, in order to tone your muscles you will also need to work out, and in order to lose fat on the abdomen there will need to be a program concerning your nutrition – but keep in mind that your genes also influence your body fat distribution. The corset can assist indirectly with these things and can also influence the shape of your obliques, but you will need to look at this holistically and not depend solely on the corset to work miracles. I also recommend reading through this article regarding the Corset Diet.

  15. Hello,

    I have a natural 24 inch waist and I’d like to reduce it to 22 inches. If I purchase a 22 inch steel bone corset and consistently train with it, do you think my natural waist will slowly be reduced to 22? I have no body fat almost at all, I’m very thin and lean.

    1. Hi Monica, usually one needs to wear a corset slightly smaller than their goal waist measurement, because the body will always bounce back a little bit when you take off the corset. In your case, since your natural waist is 24″, I would wear a size 20″ corset. More info in this video here.

  16. Hi I wanted to ask, what size corset should I train down to of I want my waist to keep at 20 inches after taking it off…

    1. Hi Ari, when you take off the corset, your body is always going to bounce back a few inches. I hesitate to give you a solid number regarding size because 1) you shouldn’t choose a size more than 4-6 inches smaller than your natural waist to start with – a too-small corset can cause a lot of fitting issues, comfort issues, and efficacy issues. And 2) there are so many factors involved (as you’ve read in the article above) that it’s impossible to truly predict the size of corset you need. Cathie Jung has the smallest corseted waist at 15 inches, and when she takes off her corset, her natural waist is around 21 inches – however she is an older lady and doesn’t have the same muscle tone others do, which helps retain shape. Others may only need a size 17″ corset to achieve a 21″ natural waist, etc. Your ability to even corset that small in the first place depends greatly on your build to begin with; it usually only achievable by someone who has a smaller frame to begin with, and/or who spends many MANY years training very slowly. But the corset size will almost invariably be smaller than 20 inches, regardless.

  17. Hello I’m on day 2 corset training and I’ve hit the 3rd set of rows because every time I take it of and put it back on the nxt day it won’t fit on the same set does this mean it’s working?

    1. Hi Stacey, if your trainer has rows, it’s probable that you’re using a stretchy cincher and not a genuine corset. A corset should close with laces in the back and not with rows of hooks and eyes. It will also not be stretchy. When a garment stretches, it’s hard to tell whether you’re getting smaller or if the garment is merely expanding and stretching out. With a real corset, this problem doesn’t happen.

  18. Hi there,
    I want to start using a corset, which one would you recommend? I’m not trying to lose weight, more wanting to have a “sharper” waist. At the moment I’m 56kg and 5’5″ and my waist is 29-30 inches. I want to try get to 26 inches, what do you recommend? I’m willing to wear the corset for as many hours as needed.
    Really need advice

    1. Hi Maxine, I have a whole section of my site dedicated to help people shop by silhouette, price, measurements, location, and “waist-training friendliness“. If you’d like more specific help and you’re interested in the corsets in my shop, you’ll find a contact form on this page. Cheers!

  19. Hi Lucy. I currently wear 22 inch corset that I am able to fully close. I would’ve like to have natural waist 22inch. If I keep waist training with this corset, could I reach my goal? Or should I get smaller corset?

    1. Hi Lily, your body will always bounce back by at least a few inches when you take off your corset since your body is mostly water and things are able to shift and expand. If you’d like your natural waist to be 22 inches, you may need to continue with your training process and proceed to a size 20″ corset.

  20. Hello there! I’ve ordered a 24 steel boned corset and hoping it will arrive this week. Although the seller recommends beginners to use 9 boned latex waist trainer first. It was way to expensive to purchase 2 waist trainers so I just decided to buy 1. Anyways! I’ve always been conscious of my body shape since high school. I’m now 25 yrs with a 5yrs old son. My waist line is 32 inches, about 130lbs and 5’5 ft tall. I’d say I’m not skinny but rather thick body type. My problem is that I have wide shoulders and ribcage. And I don’t have that much tummy fat just on the sides. So yes! When you see my figure it’s just very straight! No curves at all. I was very active since high and college and even if I workout with abs exercise I just lose weight and doesn’t give me some side curves coz of my body structure. Im also on a diet ever since and it just maintained my weight. I’m Asian so yes I eat rice ever meal. But I always make sure I eat atleast half cup of rice per meal then eat more fruits and vegetables. Right now I just think that since I had a child my metabolism slowed down and all the foods I eat goes to my tummy and doesn’t evenly distribute fats.
    Anyways sorry if this was too long. But I’m just really looking forward to using the corset. I’ll pair it up with proper diet and some exercise! ?

    1. Hi Fiona, thanks for your comment. I think you made the right choice by bypassing the latex cincher and going right to the authentic corset, as it will do a lot more for you. Best of luck in your training!

  21. Hi Lucy,

    I’m having trouble with numbing. I have a conical Ribcage corset and a Orchard Corset Steel-Boned Short Underbust Cotton Corset (CS-426 Short).

    Whenever I wear either of these corsets I do not feel any pain from tight lacing but I start to notice my right hip/ hip flexor area starts to go numb and faintly aches. I thought it may be the pressure on my hips but the conical corset has space to fit a pinky finger under it.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Thnaks :)

    1. Hi Amy, numbness is never normal – it is likely a nerve being pressed in your back and not around the hip that is the source of the numbness – remember that all nerves radiate out from the spinal cord and signals act like a river, so sometimes even when your hip itself has plenty of room, you may still notice numbness (a “trickle” of a current) if there is a block upstream. I would try a few different things, like perhaps pulling the waistline of the corset up by 0.5-1 inch, or changing the lacing technique (or position of the bunny ears/ pull loops of the laces) and seeing if this makes any difference.

  22. Hello. My waist is 30 inches but I want to go down to 20 inches. Today is my 3rd day using the corset. It’s has steel bars. I wear it almost the whole day or I wear to sleep at night and continue wearing it the next morning as well. Today as I lie down on my couch, I felt my guts move. It was a weird tangling feeling. Does it mean my body is changing? When I take off the corset, I can see how my body more curved and a little flat. Bit it’s not the results that I want so I want to keep wearing it until I see major reaults. I don’t workout cause I’m scared I’ll damage my inner organs. So I just diet and work and wear the corset. Any suggestions? Or advice? I’m hoping I’ll see big results within a month. I already took a before picture of my.tummy and after 1 month, I’ll take another picture and do a comparison.

    1. Hi Meesha, depending on how tight you are wearing your corset, it is possible to feel your intestines adjust. A surface tingling is related circulation to the skin, and a deeper bubbling feeling is normally just gas moving in your system. But waist training is a slow process, and you must be patient. For most of the people featured on this page, it takes months or years to see a significant difference, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a big difference within days. It’s actually better to go slower, because changing the body too quickly can be dangerous and you can also lose the progress faster too. If your doctor says it’s okay to work out, then I absolutely recommend exercising regularly – WITHOUT the corset on! Finish your workout, take a shower and then put your corset back on. I have a whole playlist of waist training advice here:

  23. Hi there ! I bought and Orchard 345 and started seriously training after my Breast reconstruction . I wear it average 22/23 hours /day . It’s wonderful for my back pain and posture. In addition , I lost 30+ lbs and went from 34″ down to 28″. Happy corsetting !

    1. That’s fantastic Scarlett! Congratulations on your work!

  24. Hi there. ..
    My name is Erin
    I have bought a waist trainer and I have yet to use it. ..nit sure how long to wear it…I have had 2 kids..
    5″2 126….I am petite everywhere but have a pouch…and would like it gone..
    I don’t have much shape in the waist would like it to change. . ;)

    1. Hi Erin, can you explain why you’re having trouble using it? Is it that you can’t get it off or on, or is it that you don’t have a schedule for wearing it? I talk about the waist training methods and schedules here.

  25. Great and well-written educational article, Lucy!

    1. Thank you Debi! I’m so glad you liked it!

  26. Hello, I started waist training recently and I wanted to know how often should I wear it in a day and if I can get some tips for faster results :)))

    1. Hi Layla, depending on the method of waist training you’re using, you can either wear it up to 8 hours a day at a consistent measurement, OR you can wear your corset as long as you want all day but be sure to loosen and tighten the corset throughout the day depending on your comfort level. I have another article here on waist training methods which may be useful for you.


    1. Hello Kiki, what kind of waist trainer are you currently using, and what’s the name of the brand? If it is one of the stretchy latex types, I really don’t recommend these types and would advise a real steel boned lace-up corset instead. Another factor would be how your trainer is fitting you; is it covering your whole torso, or is it a little short and the bottom of your tummy peeks out from underneath? Your torso must be fully encompassed and the trainer must fit you properly.

  28. Hello,

    I was wondering how fit a corset should be? My waist line is size 27 inch. and I recently purchased a small corset for sizes 26-27 but I think I should have purchased an X-small (for sizes 25-26) instead because I had to use the first snap because the last snap would fit me loose. What do u suggest should I return it and get an XS instead? Thank you!

    1. Hi Evelin, are you using an elastic rubber cincher instead of a corset? Genuine corsets tend not to go by S/M/L sizing system and instead go by inches. If you were ordering a corset and your natural waist is 27 inches, I would probably recommend a size 24″ corset for you if you wanted a gentle cinch, and a size 22″ corset if you wanted to waist train.

  29. Hi! This is great…I get to ask an expert. I have not started corset trainer yet, because I have problems wearing a regular shaper. I have a short torso AND a high derriere. So the traditional waistline center is in the middle of back. My dilemma is when I wear any shaper, it tends to roll up when I sit down. Will the a trainer do the same? Or should I get one cut the back?

    1. Hi there, I’m so sorry for my late response, I’ve been away on a work trip. A real corset should absolutely not roll up on your body, because it has steel bones distributed throughout the corset which helps maintain the vertical tension! If you have a high bum, try curving the back steels so it doesn’t dig into your bum or tailbone area.

  30. Hi there. I have been wearing my corset for two weeks, 6-10 hrs a day, 5 days a week. I am 5’3 115lbs with hardly any fat around the waist since I am very athletic. The only problem is that my waist is wide and doesn’t get smaller than 28″ no matter how much I diet or train. I have a flaring rib cage as well and I’m also hoping that my corset will push them in. I’m just wondering if I will see any results since I hardly have any fat in that area. My friend has been wearing it for three weeks and already she has seen major results, while I’m still waiting and hoping.

    1. Hi Sandy, what are your measurements and what brand and size of corset are you wearing? Remember that if your natural waist is size 28″ and your corset measures 28″ (measured over the corset), it’s still doing something because your waist underneath the corset is probably closer to 26-27″.
      Since your muscles are pushing back on the corset, it might be worth it to try wearing the corset right after a workout when your muscles are still soft – they might be more complacent that way. I talk more about this in my corsets and muscles article.

  31. Hello! My question is what type of corset should I wear if my muffin top spills out above my rib cage? It fits great on the bottom. If always had a small waist even after child birth. Is there an “all over” corset?

    1. Hi Pachetta, if your corset is causing you muffin top, most likely the corset is too small in the ribcage for you. A corset with a bigger ribcage circumference and possibly also a higher back may help. If you let me know your measurements, I can recommend something for you!

  32. Hey Lucy,

    So latex waist cinchers won’t make you lose inches, only corsets do?

    Thing is I love waist cinchers more but if they won’t make me lose inches then I’m waisting my money…

  33. Hi, I was wondering is it safe to sleep in a waist trainer over night and/or while taking a nap? I was also wondering if it is important to change to a fiber diet, or any kind of diet and exercise? Next question how many hours of a day should the waist trainer be worn? Final question “once I receive my satisfaction point continue eating and exercising will that keep me from regaining my tummy fat and if not why is that?

    1. Hi Linda, yes some people sleep in a corset overnight. I have a post on tips for sleeping in your corset. This video about corsets and your muscles also goes over some exercises that I do to keep my core strong. Corsetry is absolutely not a substitute for good nutritiion and fitness; they all go hand in hand for the most effective results. There are different types of waist training techniques, some of which require you to wear your corset 2-8 hours a day minimum, and others that encourage you to wear it all day but at varying reductions; the link above will go over the methods so you can decide on your own which one works best for your schedule. Yes, after you achieve your results, there is some maintenance involved. Just like if you stop stretching you’ll lose your flexibility, or if you stop lifting weights you’ll lose your strength – if you stop wearing your corset, you’ll lose your progress there too.

  34. Hi I am in New Zealand- I am transgenered with the obvious problems of weight distribution, Can you help me ?? I am also 74 year,

    1. Hello Colleen, I have a gallery of feminizing corsets which features many corset makers willing to construct a comfortable and well-fitting custom corset. I don’t sell these, but if you click on any of the pictures, it will redirect you to that specific maker’s site where you can learn more and purchase.

  35. HEY LUCY
    which one will cinch your waist more the waist cincher (latex) or the corset?
    I have a waist cincher in rubber latex and I like the shape it gives me compared to the corset. Some corsets look like they give you an unnatural waist, the cincher gives you a natural curve.

    Please explain between these 2

    1. Hi Stacey, a genuine corset will have the ability to reduce your waist more than a rubber/ latex cincher, as long as it is cut and patterned to give that curve. Genuine corsets usually contain no elastic materials, so there is nothing to give, flex or stretch when you put it on. By contrast, the latex cinchers are made from elastic so the resistance from your body will cause it to stretch, and over time with regular use it will stretch out and become bigger.
      Different corsets give different silhouettes, some natural and some not. I guarantee that the people who wear the unnatural-looking corsets are aware of this and are using them deliberately for a dramatic look! But if you want something with less curve and a more “modern slim” silhouette, this gallery will give you a starting place for your research.

      1. Hi Lucy and I just wanted to say thank you so much for your helpful videos and blog and I would of been lost without them. I’m currently on my second corset that’s a ready to wear corset by orchard corset, it is the cs 411. Orchard corset has three silhouettes and I have moved from a level 1 moderate curve to a level 2 which has an enhanced curve because of my measurements and with the help of the staff at orchard corset this silhouette level and the cs411 is the best fit for me. I’m about to fully close my corset and move to my next one but recently I came across an article here and she writes that
        ” The Myth: The process of waist training involves constantly chasing ever-smaller corsets laced fully closed.
        The Truth: Waist training doesn’t work by constantly sizing down to smaller and smaller versions of the exact same corset. To graduate to a smaller size, unless the training is accompanied by weight loss, one needs to go to a curvier corset, smaller in the waist only. This could involve changing to a different standard-fit style or maker, or having personalized or bespoke fit corsets made. The size of the lacing gap is a personal preference; 2″ is standard but 0-4″ are all acceptable based on the wearer’s size and comfort”.
        Is this generally true? I don’t do excersise to loose weight but I do pilates to maintain my weight and I always thought that a waist trainer didn’t have to move up silhouette levels until they were experienced enough where the body could handle it. I love orchard corset and their corsets generally fit my body perfectly. However, orchard corset only has three silhouette levels and if I get a new corset I’ll be on level three the extreme curve. I want to get my 27inch waist down to a 25inch waist and I would need at least 2 more ready to wear corsets to accomplish my goal. So is it true that in order to see results through waist training if one doesn’t loose weight then they’ll have to keep moving up to more extreme silhouettes rather than getting smaller versions of the same corset?
        Thank you Lucy and sorry for my long question

        1. Hi Trish, the thing with sizing down with the CS-411 corset is that when you go one size down in the waist, then the ribcage and hips will also be smaller proportionally – so the waist will be 2 inches smaller, but the top and the bottom edges will also be smaller by 2 inches. If these measurements are smaller than your natural rib and hip measurements, then you may experience muffin top/ flesh spillover at the top, or you might find it restrictive on your ribs and not able to take a full breath easily. If the bottom edge of the corset are smaller than your natural hips, then you might experience a bit of pooch at the bottom or if you’re squeezing the nerves between your pelvis and the corset it can potentially cause pinching, pain and numbness. This is why when you’re ready to size down in a corset, it’s recommended that your new corset is only smaller in the waist, not smaller in the ribs or the hips (if your weight and your rib/hip measurements are stable). Yes, this will usually mean going with curvier corsets over time – but you don’t have to size down until you are ready to do so (you can comfortably close the corset you have for at least a month, to account for your cycle or natural body fluctuations).

  36. Hi Lucy, Can you tell me which corset you are wearing in the picture from the section “Factor 2:Your corset”? Is it from Orchard Corsets? I am looking for an affordable conical shaped ribcaged corset since I want my frame to be smaller. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jackie, I’m wearing the standard sized Victorian underbust made by Isabella Corsetry (in her Immediate Line on her website). I believe the plain black satin is not readily available but she has some raw silk fashion fabric in various colours. :)

  37. What happenes if you stop wearing it once you get the results you want?

    1. Hi Amy, I have another video on the (semi)permanence of waist training here. You can also see the Before/After section of my site, and read how long it took for other people to gain (and lose) their own results.

  38. Hi my prom is in June and I just brought a wast trainer and if I wear it for these last two months and eat right and exercise should I see results?

    1. Hi Eunique, if you exercised, ate clean and used a corset for these two months, you may be able to cinch your waist a few inches smaller – and if you wore your corset under your prom dress, you’d most definitely see a marked difference! But if you were hoping for permanent results in your natural waist, unfortunately I am not sure if 2 months would be enough time to see enough of a difference.

  39. Hi. Thanks for the super informative article. I recently got a corset that comes right under my bust. I have a super wide ribcage. Will thill type of corset perhaps narrow it or I will need a special type. I’ve been religiously wearing it (3 weeks), and I’m not seeing much results.

    1. Hi Rumbi, corset results can take months or even years sometimes – remember, even Ann Grogan said that 3 months may be enough time to see results, but this is with a good wearing regimen, a custom corset made for the job you need, and taking care of other factors like diet and exercise as well! Bones can take much longer to move. If you want to make your ribcage more narrow, you may need a conical corset. I have a gallery to explain what those are here.

  40. Hi! Let me apologize if this question has already been asked. I am considering corset training. My question is: once I reach the look / shape I want, do I stop using the corset altogether or will I still need to use it to maintain my shape? If I do need to continue to use it, how often do I use it just to maintain? I’m sure it’s different for everyone but a general rule would be nice since I have no idea (does it usually need to be used only at night every night, or one day a week, or one day a month, etc?). Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Dawn, I just answered the same question for Pearl before you, but I’ll cut and paste the answer for your convenience: yes if you stop wearing your corset completely, your waist will slowly expand again. It may take a few months to do so. If you trained your ribcage to be smaller, then it may take longer for your waist to go back to normal – unless you get pregnant (the baby pushes out the ribcage) or you’re a swimmer, as this causes the ribs to expand. But just like with diet, weight lifting, flexibility, etc – if you don’t keep up with it, you lose the results from it. So once you reach your goal, you may not have to train as hard as you did before, but some maintenance will be required to keep your results.

      1. Thank you. When I asked the question her question was not yet posted so I did not see it until now. I appreciate you taking the time to answer me.

  41. I have a 25 waistline but the sides of my abdomen are straight with a lot of flab out front. I’m striving to get an hourglass figure with a 21″ corset bound to arrive in two days. I just wonder if I reach my goal and stop wearing the corset, will it go back to the shape before?

    1. Hi Pearl, yes if you stop wearing your corset completely, your waist will slowly expand again. It may take a few months to do so. If you trained your ribcage to be smaller, then it may take longer for your waist to go back to normal – unless you get pregnant (the baby pushes out the ribcage) or you’re a swimmer, as this causes the ribs to expand. But just like with diet, weight lifting, flexibility, etc – if you don’t keep up with it, you lose the results from it.

  42. hi..i am a girl from albania..i am 21 years old..i want to know if the corset is danger and how long should take..please help me…because i like have a flatt stomach,not a slimmer waist

    1. Hi Andaia, I have an article on corset risks here. As mentioned above, there is no way to predict how long it should take unfortunately. But you can see the before / after results here and read how long it took for these people to get their results.

  43. Hi quick question I work daily & I just started waist training but I prefer to only do it at night for a couple of hr will I get some results?

  44. Hi, I had c – section 9wks ago and I want my tummy flat badly can I use a waist trainer? A friend gave me one to use but it hurt my ribs and belly anytime I put it on, I don’t knw what to do to get my tummy back thank you

    1. Hi Lima, yes corsets can be used post-partum – I talk about it in this article. However, please make sure that your scars have fully healed before starting to wear the corset.

  45. Can wear to the gym? Or anytime of the day?

    1. Hi Aquila, corsets can theoretically be worn at different times of the day (some people even sleep in them) but I don’t recommend working out in your corset. I explain why in this article.

  46. I have ordered my first corset which should be here in a few weeks. I’m only wanting to get rid of a small pudge and firm my stomach. My weight is fine and I’m not fat what so ever. How long should I ware it to just get rid of the pudge? I know it’s different for everyone. To give you a better description I’m 26yrs old. 5’4 and weigh 115lbs. I have my whole life. Even when I had kids I shrunk down to normal size in two days with no exercise or stretch marks.

    1. Hi Katelynn, there are different ways to waist train. One way is the “Roller Coaster Method” where you start by wearing your corset just 2 hours a day, then work your way up to 8+ hours a day at the same tightness. The other method is the “Cycle method” where you wear your corset as long as possible during the day (12 hours or more) but you tighten and loosen throughout the day as you feel comfortable. I explain them in greater detail in this article.

  47. Hi, Lucy,

    This is a great article! Thank you so much.
    Quick question: I started waist training in mid-October 2014. I was wearing my corset for the first three months 8 – 12 hours per day, 5 – 6 days a week, but have since reduced the time I wear it to about five hours, 5 -6 days per week. I have noticed that I can almost close my corset, even on the days I have retained more water than others, which tells me the waist training is working. However, would you suggest I wear it longer, or more often, for my results to continue? The reason I reduced the number of hours I wore it is because I am a powerlifter, and I found I wasn’t able to eat enough food to support my training, while wearing the corset for that long. I don’t know if it helps, but my waist is about 25″ now, and I have a 22″ corset.

    1. Hi Dahlia, waist training is a very personal process, so if you’re comfortable wearing your corset only 5 hours a day, and you’ve still achieved results outside of the corset through this method, then keep going with it. I tend to advise an average of 8 hours a day but some people do more and others less. If your current corset is completely and comfortably closed most of the time, it may be time to consider sizing down. I have a separate article on this. :)

  48. Hi… I hv 30 inches waist .. Today i bought underbust corset .. I need to ask u the way of use it .. For how long i have to wear it .. I mean whole day and also sleep timing ?

    1. HI Ana, you don’t have to sleep in your corset if you don’t want to. I was able to train successfully usually without sleeping in my corset, as have many others. I always recommend starting at 2 hours per day, and over the course of several weeks, working your way up from there. My Waist Training Playlist on Youtube will help answer most beginner questions.

  49. Am wearing a small underbust corset. Is it ok if the belly and hip spills out a bit?

    1. Hi Alisha, it’s not normal for your tummy to spill out of the corset – it sounds like either the corset is not long enough for your torso, or if you have loose skin you might need to pull up the tummy when you’re halfway through lacing up, which helps keep the tummy in place. I have a video tutorial sort of demonstrating how this works. Cheers!

  50. I really enjoyed this read. I am 3 weeks in and having some pain under my ribs on the right side but not willing to give up yet!

    1. Hi Katt, rib pain (or any kind of pain) is not normal! Remember that waist training is for the long haul, so you have time to loosen up and make it comfortable. Going too hard with it too quickly might result in injury that causes you to put off your training and put your goal further out of reach, so remember to always be gentle with yourself.

  51. Lucy, I wanted to thank you for the wealth of sensible information on your site and videos. Im one week into my waist training and Im being patient and diligent with it as you suggest. I did have some rib pain last week and realized that I was jumping the gun and lacing down too fast. Instead I decided to open it up and learn to sit comfortably for a couple hours at a time. I find after a couple hours I can bring it in an inch for another hour and Ive even slept in it for a few hours at a time on several nights. Advil helped with the initial pain/discomfort but my ribs are already changing shape and conforming. I can especially notice their new positioning while Im sitting in the car driving (without corset). After a week of taking it slow, Im sitting comfortably laced down an inch smaller than last week and I’ll keep up the slow and steady method.

    As a side note, Ill add that I workout for an hour three times a week with a mix of cardio and weight training. This includes 50-100 crunches a day and pull-ups for core strength. I currently weight 140lbs at 5’5, have had two kids which stretched out my middle and ribs and am wearing a 24in corset laced to 29-28inches currently. Looking to get more of my natural hourglass shape back through waist training and exercise.

  52. Hello, I just purchased a waist cincher. I want to just wear it at night… Will that be effective in showing results just as quickly as wearing it for 8 hours during the day? And if I only wear it at night would you suggest wearing it while also working out? I just have a very up and down job and don’t think I could tolerate wearing it during the day…. Thank you. Your site is very helpful!

    1. Hi Holly, I know of a couple of people who only wear their corset at night and they still get results. However I never recommend working out in your corset! That can ruin the corset and possibly cause injury to you. I have a video on it here.

      1. hi there :) been wearing my corset about two weeks now but just at night because I have a 1 and 2 year old who like to run around so I have a lot of bending and chasing. My body has already formed a new shape during the day when im not wearing it:) I sometimes do a body wrap under my corset before I sleep to detox my belly. but sometimes when I lace my corset my center of my belly is sensitive like I feel as if im poking inside my stomach? have u heard of this..should maybe I start wearing it every other night…hmmm.. :(

        1. Hi Sammi, any kind of pain or discomfort is not normal – I would suggest loosening or removing your corset completely until that feeling goes away. I have never heard of someone doing wraps under their corset; perhaps it would be best to alternate them.

  53. Hello, I recently purchased a CS411 from orchard corset. This is about the first week of wearing it to work and now I’m starting to wear it for longer amounts of time at work. I work sitting down and I feel like the corset moves up when I sit and is somewhat not where its supposed to be, also it’s starting to poke me in my back with the top of the corset and its very uncomfortable.
    My other concern is, I have a curvy body and wide hips with a little muffin top but I’m working on that lol I feel like is making my waist smaller but is it enhancing my muffin tops?
    I’m so confused, please help!

    1. Hi Monica, if the corset is pretty loose on you still, then riding up is not unusual if you’re sitting for long periods of time. If the bones in the back of the corset are poking you, you can try to curve them gently, like I show in this video. I have not heard of muffin top becoming accentuated or permanent through use of a corset, but I can understand that it may not be flattering or comfortable – you may need a different corset that offers you more room in the ribcage.

  54. I love This site & all the videos I was clueless before finding all this info it’s gave me confidence to try waist training so thank you :)
    I have a question about a review of the restyle wide hip corset which I saw, I know you probably haven’t worn it often enough to test it properly because you own better waist training corsets but just wondering if you think it would be an effective waist trainer? or do you think it wouldn’t be as good as the expensive ones which can permanently alter the waist after lots of use? I carry my weight on my hips and thighs so Id just like to pull in my muscle and ribs I guess? I already own the restyle, it fits amazingly but just want some advice before I commit to wearing it full time, please help!
    (sorry for the million questions)

    1. Hi Anna, I spoke with the owner of Restyle and she says that the corset is suitable for training and guaranteed for 2 years. I do know 2 people who had their Restyle corset pop a seam within the first couple of wears, but they said that the repair was easy. My biggest concern is the lack of waist tape and that their sizes run large, but for the price I can’t find a curvier corset out there, and the silhouette is theoretically suitable for training the ribs as long as it retains its strength. I have a table here that outlines the “waist training friendliness” of various OTR corset brands. Cheers!

      1. Thank you so much for your advice, the table really helps :)

  55. Ps: maybe it’s important to make clear that is still haard to cinch down to 2 inches. Just one inch is really the standard and when I wear it to sleep I cinch down at it’s best half an inch. I’ve been doing it for three weeks (2 of which I was seasoning it). I guess the question is: is it notmal to just cinch one inch?

    1. Hi Clara, if you can only cinch down one inch comfortably, go with that for now. It’s better to wear the corset at a comfortable level than try to force it smaller and end up hurting yourself. If you have a lot of muscle tone, this makes cinching harder. It could also be that the corset might not be the right shape for you; if your ribcage or hips are preventing the corset from closing then you may never be able to cinch down more in the waist. If your corset has a 5″ gap in the back, remember you should also see some gaping or flaring of the top and bottom edges away from your body.

  56. Hi lucy! Before anything, thanks so much for the information, it’s just so nice and helpful! I just begun training with an orchard corset cs-426 that should close at 20 inches. When I got ut my natural waist was 26 but after the holidays I got a little weight and is now 27/27.5. The corset still seems ok. The thing is, I can usually just cinch down an inch everytime I wear it. When wearing for ling hours (more than 4), I am usually able to cinch down almost an extra inch. The corset was seasoned ok I think. Is it possible to get results cinching down so little everytime. I do have little body fat in my waist area and im 5’8. Sorry for asking questions while you already provide so much knowledge and it’s ok if you are unable to answer. Happy holidays!

  57. Hiii please my natuaral waist size is 31.5 what corset size is good for me?as in L,M,S,Xl

    1. Hi Abena, most genuine corsets don’t have a S/M/L system, they go by the waist size in inches. And to make things more complicated, depending on the brand and style of corset, you might fit different sizes (just like with some shoes you might need to size up or down because of the width or the arch height). I wrote up a tutorial on how to find your best corset size here, it should help.

  58. Hello there! I am new to waist training and so far I feel I’m doing well with it, but there is one thing that concerns me. I can’t seem to find any information on this particular issue so I figured id just ask. I noticed while I have my corset on everything seemingly gets pushed downward creating a bigger then usual bell budge. What can I do to prevent that from happening as it is kind of unsightly. Also, will this belly buldge be permanent?

    1. Hi Alysia, wearing a corset for a couple of weeks and seeing bulge, I wouldn’t be too worried about that lower pooch being permanent – but I would definitely try to find a corset that eliminates that as best as possible. It sounds like you need a longline corset to pull your tummy in, and see my video on belly ooze to make sure that your tummy is pulled UP into the corset instead of being pushed down.

  59. Like many others, I have the muffin top problem at the back. I have a Cs 411 from Orchard Corset and just began waist training a couple of weeks ago. I wear it over night and when I’m at home because the back fat thing is too obvious for me to feel confident wearing it in public. I really want to be able to put in long hours though, so I have two questions:
    First, if I have three hours is the morning and three in the evening, for example, would that be as effective as wearing it for six hours straight? (I did have someone from OC tell me that would be fine but I wanted your opinion as well)
    And second, I know that it’s not a good idea to have a v shape gap in the back, but for purposes of being able to wear it out of the house if I let it out at the top to minimize the muffin top effect do you think that would damage the corset or make my training less effective?

    Thank you for very much for providing all of this information. :)

    1. Hi Elisha, it’s fine to break up your training in two sessions – but if you know that you will need to use the corset for an upcoming event where you know you can’t take it off for 6 hours (say, under a wedding dress or costume), then give yourself plenty of time to build up your tolerance, because wearing a corset for 6 hours straight is definitely more challenging for me than two sessions of 3 hours each!
      I would say that if the V shape gap is more comfortable for you, then wear it that way. I would rather see an uneven gap but a comfortable and happy corseter, rather than have someone try to force the gap parallel and suffer for it. Stay comfy and safe. :)

      1. Thank you Lucy!

  60. Hi there, I just received my waist trainer in the mail today. It took me about 15 minutes to put it on! It was a struggle, but I did it! It’s already super comfortable and nothing is spilling out from the bottom, but my upper back fat is being pushed up! I followed the measuring steps on the website and carefully figured out my size, so I’m not sure whats going on. What should I do? Thank you in advance :)

    1. Hi Alecia, muffin top at the back is typically caused by a corset being not only too small in the ribcage, but it can also be too short on the ribcage. For instance, my What Katie Did Baby corset had plenty of rib spring, but it ended so short on my torso that all of my back fat was unsupported, and looked worse when I wore a bra with a very tight band so it created a ring of flesh under the bra and above the corset.
      Also, some people’s flesh have more of a tendency to distribute upwards (like myself) while other people tend to squish downwards (for instance, Cathie Jung). So in my custom corsets, I order a corset with a ribcage about an inch larger than my natural, uncorsetted ribcage to accommodate for this phenomenon.

      1. Thanks for your reply! Would you recommend me purchasing the vest then? I was told great things about it and it’s great especially for women with this issue, at least until some weight is shed from working out.

        1. A waistcoat corset might help with the backfat, but it may also cause its own issues like having the high back show through under clothing. Have you considered a sports bra or racerback bra with your corset to help control the top?

  61. Hellos. I’ve always been interested in corseting. This page helped me figure out quite a bit but I still have a couple questions. First off, because of a bad car wreck when I was younger I only have 2/3 of my small intestine and 1/3 of my large intestine left. My abdominal muscles never fully recovered and I’ve noticed that I can cinch a wide belt down to 8″ smaller than my normal waist size. It is by no means uncomfortable. I know standard recommendations say to order a corset 4″ smaller than normal waist size but I feel quite confident I could go down more. What would you recommend? And thank you for such a lovely and informative site.

    1. Hi Alice, I know two other people who have had parts of their intestines surgically removed and they can also cinch up a bit more than the average person, although they have mentioned that they don’t actually retain results after they take off the corset. Many corset companies recommend an initial reduction of 4-6 inches, or even up to 8 inches if your waist is above 35-40″ naturally since adipose is more easily squishable. But I wouldn’t personally choose a reduction more than 6-8 inches. Even though you have less competition for space in your body, you still need time for your muscles and tendons to stretch and your ribcage to comfortably take pressure. It might be best to go with a curvy OTR corset company that has a decent return policy (like Orchard at 30 days, or What Katie Did at 14 days) so if you try on your corset once and find that it’s way too big or loose on you, you can still return it for refund.

  62. I’m curious where do the fat goes from your stomach? how long should we wear the corset for beginners?

    1. Hi Sabrina, when you wear a corset, the fat doesn’t disappear but rather just becomes temporarily displaced. I have an article on waist training methods here, which may help you get started.

  63. I recently started waist training (after seeing a picture and ordering randomly from online). The first time I tried one on it took me about half hour to fasten the whoke thing but it’s gotten easier to put on and wear. However it’s very uncomfortable when I sit or drive with it on. It digs into my body. Is there something you recommend to reduce the discomfort while sitting?

    1. Hi K, corsets and vehicles are not the best of friends (especially if it’s a low car). My suggestion is to try and make your seating arrangement as “straight” as possible – if you have bucket seats, put a pillow or book on top to flatten out the bottom, and place a pillow behind your back so you can sit straight. I personally like to push my chair away from the steering wheel and then pull the back up almost vertical when driving in a corset, but others find a different arrangement more comfortable, so experiment and see what works best for you (preferably before you need to go on any long trip or busy highways). If all else fails, take your corset with you and put it on when you get to the destination. If you’re not able to operate a vehicle properly (including checking blind spots, etc) then put safety above fashion.

  64. Hi I’m so excited to start waist training but I do have a question about the end result .. Once I have gotten the results that I want is this a life thing? Or will I always have to wear the corset to keep the figure ? Not talking about the fat on my body obviously that’s with healthy eating and exersize but what about the ribs? Will they get bigger again if I stop wearing my corset ?

    1. Hi Aubrey, some level of maintenance is required, as with all things in life. When you want to keep up your strength, you maintain by lifting weights although perhaps not as rigorous as someone trying to bulk up. If you want to maintain your weight, you have to continue to eat well, although you may not diet as much as if you’re actively trying to lose weight. And with corsets it’s the same idea – maintaining a waist measurement is easier than reducing, but some effort has to be put into it over time. :) The ribcage can be pushed out again if you take up a sport like swimming, or if you are a professional singer/ brass musician, or if you get pregnant.
      I talk about it more in this video:

  65. I have scoliosis but its not bad , will my corset still work ?

    1. Hi Mya, I know many people who have slight asymmetries (including but not limited to scoliosis) yet they can wear symmetrical corsets. Sometimes the corset may twist on their bodies. As long as the corset is comfortable on you, this is the most important thing. I find that I cannot wear certain types of corsets because my left hip protrudes more than my right, and so a corset may cause my left hip to go numb. But a well-made corset with ample hip room will not do this. One video you might find helpful is measuring each side of your body to see how much asymmetry you have.

  66. Hi there, I just have a few questions. What do you recommend we look for when buying a corset? How do we know it’ll feel comfortable? And, where do you suggest we buy our corset?

    1. Hi Gen, for best results (if possible) find a corset locally so you can see and feel what a real one should be like in person. I have tutorials for how to buy a corset in a store or online. An OTR corset will have better chances of having a return policy if you try it on and find that it’s not comfortable or compatible with your figure.
      I also have a three-part series on corset fitting, which starts here.

  67. I have a few questions.
    1.) How many hours a day should you wear it in order to see results?
    2.) How many inches on average does it shrink your waist?
    3.) Do you have any techniques so that I am able to put the waist trainer on myself? For some reason it is soooo difficult for me.

    1. Hello, I know of some waist trainers who build up to 8 hours a day at a certain reduction, and some who wear their corset all day but they cycle the reduction. I talk about waist training techniques here:
      The number of inches you can lose from waist training depends on the individual, but I talk about it a bit in this video.
      I also have a tutorial here for how to tie your corset by yourself. In fact, I have a whole playlist for this, depending on what kind of lacing technique you like!

  68. Hi, I just started waist training. I have a 29 waist. I’ve been wearing it during my workout but think I’m not wearing enough. I want to stop wearing it during workouts and wear it to bed. I have read many blogs but no one talks about wearing it to bed. I wonder if it bothers anyone during sleep?

    1. Hi Chantel, I have an article about sleeping in your corset here. There are ways to make yourself more comfortable while sleeping, like using pillows and wedges, and loosening the corset a bit before you lie down.

  69. I’m having issues, it’s not a comfort thing, it’s when I lace in, I feel great, there’s nothing spilling below or anything, and then I turn around, and it looks like all the skin from under my corset is pushed up, and it hangs over slightly the top of my corset, and when I’m wearing an underbust, there’s a slight bulge between my bust and the top of the corset, is there any way to prevent this?

    1. Hi Harlyn, it sounds like your corset is not large enough around the ribcage and the excess flesh is spilling over the top. Remember that the flesh must be at least temporarily displaced somewhere, and doesn’t just disappear under a corset – so muffin top is very common if the closed measurement of the top edge of the corset is smaller than your natural underbust circumference. If you can’t invest in a custom corset, you may consider a longline bra that comes down over your corset (or underneath, if it’s more comfortable) which may help to smooth over the bumps.

  70. When I was reading “Gone With The Wind”, I thought Scarlett’s waist size (18.5″ everyday, 17″ occasional) absolutely impossible. I was about 23.5″ naturally and it seemed the physical limit, I had just never seen real corsets. Well I was able to reach these figures in 6 months! My natural waist also reduced by a couple of inches. It was not easy (I have a relatively wide ribcage), but what an exciting experience. Interestingly, I did not plan to waist-train at all – I just saw Lucy’s cnannel and thought “Beautiful! Why not get a nice real corset to wear to rock shows?” But when the corset arrived, I just could not take it off :)) Thank you Lucy for introducing the world of corsetry to us!

    1. I’m always glad to hear about your positive corseting experiences, Alissa! Thank you for your kind words. :)

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