Corset 101: Corsets and Eating

Should I Remove My Corset Before I Eat?

That depends…

madeliene-pink-411Hello OC Blog Readers! Just a few quick thoughts on eating and corsets – based solely on my own experiences and thoughts shared by some of my coworkers here at Orchard Corset.

Now if you are wearing your corset more for support (or fashion) as opposed to waist training and are not looking to lose any weight-then certainly you will want to remove your corset prior to eating a meal.  I think for small snacks corset removal would be unwarranted-but clearly that choice is yours to make. If you feel uncomfortable-then remove the corset.  I do not consider myself a waist trainer, but I tend to eat with my corset on at work. I eat often (small amounts) so I would be lacing and unlacing all day long.

If you, like many of our readers and customers, have committed to a serious waist training regiment than there isn’t any reason to remove your corset. You will find that you are not able to eat as much in any one sitting-sort of like an external lap band. Some women choose to loosen rather than remove their corsets, especially when eating raw veggies or other foods that cause bloating (and we wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from eating their veggies!). Your eating habits will need to change as you will be forced to eat more frequently and smaller portion sizes. Sarah Chrisman writes in her book “Victorian Secrets” that she learned to eat better while corseted, not fill up on worthless calories.

For most of us, the smaller more frequent meals will provide all the nourishment you need and is a better way to eat. We have customers ask us all the time if corsets burn fat or help you loose weight. The is answer is NO! But if you choose to stay properly corseted throughout the day-you are likely to lose some weight as the corset will limit your food intake.

It’s important to always put your health first. If you find that perhaps you are not drinking enough water or getting enough calories (many women who waist train are not looking to lose weight-just reshaping), then by all means take that puppy off and eat, drink and be merry! It takes time and patience to develop a level of waist training where you are comfortable corseting all day long. Don’t rush into anything until you are sure of how you will react physically and emotionally.

We would love to hear your thoughts. What foods work well as well as what to avoid. Any tips or advice to our newcomers from seasoned pros is always welcome!

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47 Responses

  1. Jahnaysia

    So it isn’t ok to eat fruits and veggies while wearing a corset? I’m trying to lose wait so I won’t be taking it off, I just wanna know what foods I could eat without getting nauseous or bloated

    1. Not at all! Fruits & vegetables are more dense which is why you get more full from those than a bag of potato chips or candy. Loosening your corset while you eat makes things a bit more comfortable, most of us find. A little while after you finish your meal you can cinch yourself back in after you’ve digested a bit. You should always make sure that you are eating a nutrient rich, colorful diet full of fruits & veggies. That will help you to achieve your goals quicker and feel great!

  2. Pam

    I’ve been training about a month and made the mistake of wearing mine to New Year party and yes when I removed it got the rush of alcohol n suffering today with a lil reflux. Is this common? Was I laced too tightly?

    1. Hi Pam! We hope that you party was fun! If you had a lot to eat and drink it’s not entirely surprising that you are uncomfortable, no matter if it was apple juice or harder beverages if you put too much liquid in when you can’t fully expand your stomach it makes sense that you aren’t feeling 100%. When I eat or drink while corseted, I have to take smaller sips and bites more slowly and spread it out over the evening instead of having a larger plate and multiple glasses. Since a corset acts like an external lap band, you can’t consume as much and still be comfortable. Next time, you could lace your corset more loosely and would likely be more comfortable. Hope that helps and that you are feeling better!

  3. Samantha

    Hi 🙂 I have just watched your body-measuring video and it’s probably one of the fastest most straightforward videos I’ve ever watched! I’m totally new to corsetry and I’m really not sure as to what type I should get? These are my measurements:
    underbust: 30″
    waist: 26.5″
    upper waist: 30″
    torso length: 8.5″
    If you’d be able to help me I would really appreciate that 🙂 I really don’t want to buy a corset that isn’t right for me.

  4. ERIKA

    just bought my first corset (for waist training anyway I have a few other steel boned ones for special occasions but really never wear them too too often), I’m so excited! I do have a question though, my job is very physically demanding and involves lifting, running, walking, bending etc (I work with special needs kids), is it ok to wear my corset under my work clothes and still expect to be able to do all these things?

    1. Hi Erika,

      You won’t to do too much “running” in your corset-but once you have fully seasoned (and you and your corset are comfortable with one another) you should be able to do what you need to in your work day. I do recommend choosing a shorter style for that-like the 201.


    i purchased my 1st corset the end of 2014 and im now wearing now for the 1st time and LOVE IT! i already eat 5 small meals a day breakfast: 16.9 ounce water with 4 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar in it with my daily supplements & a salad (OR) 1/4th slice of watermelon NOW lunch another round of 16.9 ounces water with organic acv whatever i DIDN’T eat for breakfast the 1/4 piece watermelon (OR) the salad 🙂 so this WORKS great for me my dinner is gonna be the thing imma see do i wanna keep corsetting with dinner & sleepy time. i DO partake of my wine so imma watch out for the advice above thanks & the finest to us all corsetting so far i LOVE IT!

  6. Susan

    I am 52 yrs old and short waisted. My weight gain is always in my middle. I don’t have much of a bum but good bosom. Im 15 – 20 lbs heavier than I should be. Is it too late for corseting for me?

  7. Valeria

    Hello! I am 4 ft 11. I am about 120 llbs. I am a size 34b in bra size and I wear a size 3 in juniors pants size. I am trying to get the body that I will be satisfied with and still remain healthy. I want a fuller figure. I have nice hips but they dont show because i dont have the butt for them which I am tryinf to work on! I was just wondering what corset would be good for me to begin waist training. .? And if I cant wear it under regular clothes so it wont be obvious.

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