Corset diet: Extreme weight loss trend sees women constricting their ribs for 12 hours a day

Would you go on the corset diet? Extreme weight loss trend sees women constricting their ribs for 12 hours a day to shrink their waistline by up to six inches

By

Margot Peppers

Published:
13:39 EDT, 9 October 2013

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Updated:
16:34 EDT, 9 October 2013

Using corsets as a slimming technique may be a relic from centuries past, but the constricting garments seem to be making a comeback.

Celebrities like Jessica Alba have raved about corsets’ ability to shrink a waistline after pregnancy, and now they are being used daily as a way to ‘train your waist to be smaller’.

But while some doctors are actually recommending the corset diet to their patients who want to lose weight, others are skeptical that such a method is merely a trend that could in fact cause health problems later on.

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Corset

Fashion flashback: Using corsets as a slimming technique may be a relic from the Downton Abbey era, but the constricting garments are now making a comeback as the latest weight loss craze

Corset Diet

Potential risk: While some doctors are recommending the corset diet to their patients, others are skeptical that such a method is merely a trend that could cause health problems later on

Beverly Hills-based Dr Alexander Sinclair told ABC News that a number of his patients follow the ‘corset diet’, which consists of wearing a tightly laced corset for several hours a day.

He claims some of his patients have lost six inches from their waistline by wearing the garment for three to five hours a day, before working their way up to 12 hours.

Not only does the tight corset ‘move the ribs’, according to Dr Sinclair, but the discomfort caused by a tight corset compressing the bottom ribs can also apparently make the wearer eat less.

What’s more, the extra layer and pressure will cause you to sweat, leading to even more weight loss.

‘This
is a remarkable way to train your waist to be smaller,’ says Dr
Sinclair, whose patient Diane Gonzales is using a corset to help shrink her waist from 26 inches to just 23.

Brooke Burke-Charvet

Jessica Alba

Famous fans: Celebrities including Brooke Burke-Charvet (left) and Jessica Alba (right) have sworn by corsets for getting rid of their baby weight after pregnancy

She hopes wearing the garment will give her ‘a tiny little waist just like a Barbie doll.’

But Dr Sinclair recognizes that it could cause problems if a woman takes the slimming method too far.

‘Some patients are obsessive and wear it 14 to 15 hours a day, which I think is too much’

‘Some of the patients are so happy with it, for them it’s a race,’ he said. ‘They become obsessive about it so they’re wearing their corset 14-15 hours a day, which I think is too much.’

When corsets were commonly worn in the
16th and 17th centuries, they were so tight that they caused some
women’s internal organs to be rearranged.

And medical experts today have spoken
out about the health risks of wearing a corset, like the fact that it
can constrict the lungs and cause joint pain.

WATCH: Women squeeze into corset diet for extreme weight loss

Corset Diet

Medical opinion: Beverly Hills-based Dr Alexander Sinclair recommends his patients wear a corset for four to five hours a day, gradually increasing to 12 hours

Corset Diet

Contentious: But other medical experts have spoken out about the health risks of wearing a corset, like the fact that it can constrict the lungs and cause joint pain – not to mention the extreme discomfort

Dr Jennifer Ashton, one of the diet
craze’s opponents, says in the video: ‘I think this is the latest in a
gimmicky, trendy phase.’

And New York-based medical weight loss
doctor Sue Decotiis told MailOnline: ‘Wearing such a tight garment
could compress organs and cause painful muscle spasms.

‘It could also make it difficult to take a deep breath- and what if one had to sneeze or cough?’

‘It could also make it difficult to take a deep breath- and what if one had to sneeze or cough?’

According to Dr Decotiis, a corset might
restrict your ability to indulge in a large meal, but it won’t
effectively get rid of the fat cells that create a thicker waistline.

Instead, she recommends no-ninvasive office procedures like Liposonix, which can reduce an inch of unwanted fat.

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