Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Benefits of Wearing Corset: Does it Really Help Lose Weight?
Lately I've been obsessed in trying to lose weight. Every afternoon for a couple of weeks now I would play badminton with our neighbor to try and balance out my activities and I would have my evening tea as they were known to help in better digestion.
Yet, I still feel that I don't progress as much. Let's face it - 60 kilos for a 5'1" woman is not healthy. It's not about looking and feeling sexy anymore. I feel heavy and while I do the best that I can to lose weight with daily exercise, regulated diet (I even only eat oatmeal for breakfast and dinner), I still haven't gained my desired weight.
So now I'm looking for some help. Enter the corsets.
I've previously looked at its benefits when I was in Singapore and while it may not effectively help me lose weight, I think it will help with my posture and will give me constant motivation to keep doing what I'm already doing. More research on the subject whether corsets really help lose weight and what are the benefits of wearing it led me to Lucy Corsetry's article on its physical benefits and below are some of my favorites.
Physical Benefits of Wearing Corset:
1. Helps correct posture
Corsets prevent scoliosis patients from worsening of their curvature once they no longer have a brace, or they may be used to prevent back pain from the curve. Some experienced corsetieres have even designed corrective corsets that may help to reduce the curve over time.
2. Help lessen migraines and headaches
Corsets have also been known to reduce the intensity of headaches or migraines, and over time, stop them completely as proper posture can take tension off the neck and shoulders. Also, by potentially reducing the hyperlordosis in one’s spine, the corset can act as an orthopedic traction unit to prevent the spinal cord from being pinched or stretched (thereby healing or preventing nerve issues).
Corsets are used to reshape and feminize the figures of transgendered women, or genetic women with deformities or figures they consider to be less desirable.
4. Prevent cramps
Corsets are helpful in minimizing menstrual cramps in women. Many women temporarily relieve their dysmenorrhea by lying in the fetal position, which exerts pressure on the peritoneal organs and somewhat decreases the painful uterine contractions. Corsets can mimic this position by exerting pressure on these same organs, reducing uterine contractions (and thus cramping) while her posture remains erect.
5. Help in losing weight
Corsets may be used as a weight loss aid – they act as an external gastric band and do not allow much expansion of the stomach, thus helping to control appetite and reduce food portions. Wearing a corset can also help the wearer to see themselves as a smaller person, ‘planting the seed’ of belief in their minds that weight loss is achievable, and acting as a strong motivation for these wearers to improve their nutrition and fitness regimen.
6. Help achieve hourglass figure
Corsets give some women an hourglass shape that they may never be able to achieve naturally (through diet and exercise). Medications like steroids or conditions like thyroid abnormalities or PCOS make weight loss nearly impossible. On the other end of the spectrum, some patients with hyperthyroidism, pituitary issues, extremely fast metabolisms or muscle wasting conditions may find it difficult or impossible to put on weight. However, the use of corsets can make it possible for women in both these situations to temporarily experience more of an hourglass shape even if their current gene expression or health situation dictates otherwise.
Corsets can change a woman’s figure semi-permanently through changes in muscle and fat pad morphology. Many athletic women use corsets to make their waists smaller. Female body builders have used corsets to reduce the size of their waists so they will have a more competitive edge in fitness competitions. Ex-professional swimmers have also used corsets after their careers to help reverse the effect of the “Swimmers’ barrel chest” and give them back the smaller ribcage they had before swimming.
7. Ease in bowel movement
In those who have slow bowels/ constipation issues, the pressure of wearing a corset can sometimes stimulate the intestines and may allow a brief increase in peristalsis directly after taking off the corset, making it easier to have a bowel movement. In those who have issues with diarrhea or fast bowels, wearing a corset snugly can sometimes slow down peristalsis, possibly lengthening the time between bowel movements. *this doesn’t work the same way for everyone – if you have abdominal pain, bloating or irregularity, ask your doctor before you’d like to try corseting.
Where to Buy Corset in Iloilo?
Okay so I'm totally sold with the idea of buying corset. However, a quick search for any good stores where I could buy corset doesn't provide much good results. I've found a couple of inactive sellers on Sulit (now OLX) but I don't want to order online as I want to make sure it fits me perfectly and I needed to check on the quality of the corset too.
Me and my mom went to SM Delgado to try and look for one in their women's department but we were referred to Triumph Ladies Underwear section and was shown a body shaper which I've also previously gotten at a super expensive price in Singapore. Triumph products are really great by the way! Love their undies :)
So if any of you have any leads as to where I could buy a corset in Iloilo - let me know in the comments below!