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The Corset Diet: Fact or Fiction

Can I lose weight just through corsetry?

Not exactly…

scales-diet-concept-measuring-tape-wrapped-around-bathroom-weight-loss-healthy-lifestyle-33151076Hello OC Blog Readers! Like many of you, we have heard much about the “corset diet”. What is it? How do you do it? Does it work? Well I did a little research and it turns out to be a clever marketing campaign designed to sell more corsets (imagine that).  We have a quick video version of this blog 🙂

As we have said in several blogs (as did Sarah Chrisman and Deborah Roberts on the 20/20 corset story), corsets can be a bit of external gastric band. If you wear your corset during meal times (as many full-time waist trainers do), you will find you simply cannot eat larger portions of food. This is common sense to most of us-not the diet secret of the 21st century.

So yes, you can lose weight if you choose to corset for long periods of time (especially beforefood orgy and during meal times). However if you choose to snack often and frequently or binge eat when your corset is off (because you feel deprived)…you will likely find your weight yo-yo’s like any diet fad. Corsets are not designed for weight loss-but rather to reshape the waist (and provide posture and back support).  But many women have noticed that they eat smaller portions once engaged in a corseted lifestyle.

healthy foodIf you choose to employ corseting as a means to shed unwanted pounds-here are some things to consider. First, make sure you are getting enough calories! If you are new to corseting, you may find yourself only able to eat REALLY small portions. It is important that you consume enough calories for your lifestyle. Also, less food intake requires more careful meal planning. Make sure the calories you are eating capture the necessary proteins, vegetables, fruits and complex carbs your body needs to function optimally. If you find you are not getting the nutrition and calories you need, try loosening your corset-or just remove it completely when you need to eat. Allowing yourself to feel deprived often almost always leads to binge eating later. You will also find not all foods work well while corseting.

skylas-leopard-511-spoonAs is true for most things in life…common sense should reign supreme! Listen to your body and remember to consult a physician before making any radical changes. Corsets are well suited to add to your healthier lifestyle choices if you choose moderation over maximization.  Long term results come from lifestyle changes-not quick fix fads. Any success stories out there? We would love to hear them, and be sure to check out our video blog on the subject!


I have been with Orchard Corset since June of 2012 and what a journey it has been! I've gone from complete newbie to Marketing Director to Chief Operations Officer and I've learned more about corsets, corseting, shapewear, social media and myself than I would have ever thought possible. I have really enjoyed the journey and we at Orchard Corset are dedicated to providing a wealth of information for new and seasoned corseters alike.


  • Cassidy

    I know this might be off topic but I bought a corset a while back and I ware it occasionally around the house. I have worn it once out and my friends asked me what I was waring under my clothes. What would be the best corset/shaper to ware under clothing that won’t stick out or be visible under clothes?

    • Amy Lewis

      Satin seems to work better for stealthing when you’re wearing a corset. Most “waist shapers” are made with latex, so there isn’t much fabric choice there. You may want to try wearing clothing with slightly thicker fabric when you are wearing a corset underneath, or clothing that has a pattern (vs. a solid color). Have a look at our Stealthing Video for some other ideas.

  • Cynthia Kolodzik

    I just recently got my corset, but was reading through corset 101 and came across this blog. If you do see yourself eating less and losing weight a good option would be to get some protein powder to supplement, I drink it every day because I had bariatric surgery, but I had a terrible time about 3 months out with my hair falling out and getting thin and it was because I wasn’t getting enough nourishment. If you find yourself getting really tired or your blood sugar dropping it’s a good idea to have some protein powder. Just an Idea.

  • Abbey

    I have looked at all your videos and blogs on waist training and I am really interested. The only question I had was if there is a certain age recommended to start waist training.

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Abbey, we suggest that you wait until you have stopped growing…let your body do its thang, you know?! For most women that is around 18, give or take a couple of years.

  • Tiffany H.

    Can you work out in your corset because I plan on waist training and working out to loose baby weight from giving birth?

  • demi

    I have read that corsets can move organs and stop you breathing, is this true? As I have just ordered one and wouldn’t want to end up injured or poorly.

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Demi. You are completely in control of how tightly you lace your corset when you’re wearing it. If you lace too tightly, yes, you will feel short of breath. If that’s the case you just need to loosen the laces. Even if you are waist training you DON’T need to lace your corset to the point of constricting your breathing. Regarding moving your organs, I’d suggest you have a look at this blog from Lucy’s corsetry

      You should never be in pain from wearing a corset, you may need to loosen the laces or you may even need a different style to make it comfortable, but it definitely should not be a painful experience!

  • Robin Johnston

    After gaining weight after bariatric surgery, I lost 50# with long periods of wear during the day, and over about a years time. It wasn’t intentional, I viewed it as a great side affect.

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Robin and thanks for chiming in. I’ve also found it to be a nice side effect of corseting regularly….when I can manage to control my portion sizes when OUT of the corset!

    • Diane

      Robin, Do you know of any blogs/groups out there of previous bariatric surgery patients who share waist training experiences? I’m looking for one.

  • Ashley

    After waist training, eating right as well as working out, once you’ve reached your desired size is it safe to say withdrawing from your corset is a good idea? Or is this something you have to do forever in order to keep your hour glass figure even if you are still maintaining a toned body regularly?

    • Amy Lewis

      Most people need to “maintenance corset” to retain their hourglass figure after waist training (not everyone though!) The amount of time is very body dependent and is something that you will need to work out when you get to that point. The best comparison would be wearing a retainer after getting braces off your teeth!

  • Cmc

    How does the corset benefit my post baby body? I have read some customer reviews but it would amazing if we could have a topic on this!

    • Cheri Dudek

      Hi Cmc,

      We don’t usually recommend steel boned corset immediately after giving birth (a Vedette latex compression cincher works great for that-helps to compress and therefore shrink your uterus back down to normal). After your measurements have leveled off a bit, measure yourself at that time for a corset to help bring your curves back. And you are right…a blog would be great-will require some research as I am well beyond my baby-making years!

  • Henry Jones

    Hi Cheri, this was a great article. I feel that it is especially important that women eat well and exercise regularly in order to get the most out of the corset diet. The steel boned corsets are often best as they help to improve your posture as well as give you that hourglass figure wouldn’t you agree?

    Kind Regards,
    Henry Jones

  • Brigid

    I always knew corsets were not for weight loss. I got lucky and managed to lose some weight with it because I full time waist train. Also without my corset I now have a lovely hourglass all the time and with my corset I have an extreme hourglass. It’s what I wanted. It also helps my chronic back pain. I hate when people ask me if I’m doing the corset diet so I always stealth my corset.

      • Cheri Dudek

        Hi Moku,

        I do not waist train nor do I use the “corset diet”. I have always had an hourglass shape (and I work out like crazy) and I wear corsets more for back support at work (and it is really the best way to understand them and how they work and fit). I would recommend reading the book Victorian Secrets for a better case study!.

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