Cinderella actress Lily Rose’s appearance in her wasp-waisted costumes and the current craze for waist training –  the trendy new practice of wearing a corset for hours at a time to compress your core-  have put our midsections and muffin tops under the spotlight.

Reality Kim Kardashian is said to a fan of waist training  and wears a corset  for up to six hours a day to stay in shape and actress  Jessica Alba said she wore them  for months after giving birth to regain her curves.

These specially designed corsets work by pulling everything in and because they are made from a combination of Lycra and spandex, make you sweat around the waist, helping you lose inches.

Personally, we think it all sounds decidedly daft and medically could actually do bodily harm. Wearing such tight corsets can make it difficult to breathe and can even cause damage to the ribs. It is also very uncomfortable and can restrict your movements. As for perspiring away the fat, it’s medically not possible to lose inches permanently this way.  You may feel slimmer or lose some weight due to water loss but as soon as you rehydrate any weight loss  will return.

There’s nothing like a shapely waist to make you feel slim and younger but we promise, there are easier ways to whittle away the inches. Here’s how you can do it.



The average woman’s waist   now measures 33inches whereas fifty years it ago it was around 18inches and whilst size may seem like a cosmetic issue, it is also an important indicator of overall health. Unlike the fat that pads out pear shapes, belly and waist fat wraps around the body’s vital organs and produces hormones that affect blood pressure and sugar levels contributing to significant health issues such as breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The waist is also one area where time takes its toll. As we age the shape, and the size changes particularly during our middle ages when oestrogen levels fall and fat is rerouted towards the waist and stomach. But recent research into this type of fat, could pave the way for a new drug that will eventually stop us from developing harmful belly fat at all. Until then…


*Sleep away those inches.  A study has revealed that women who get at least seven hours of quality sleep every night are slimmer around the middle than those who get less than five hours. Not getting enough sleep disrupts a hormone in the body that regulates appetite and when you’re tired you are more likely to eat sugary snacks

*Relax. The stress hormone cortisol is linked to storing extra fat around the waist and midriff so learn to manage stressful situations and make sure you have time to relax during the day. Deep breathing and meditation can help


*Diet Eating wholegrain food can help you lose inches from the waist.  Swap white bread for granary bread, white pasta and rice for brown, and eat plenty of porridge oats and wholegrain cereals. Cut back on the two of the stomach’s biggest enemies sugar and carbs.Include fat-free yogurt into your diet as studies show you are then more likely to lose weight around the waist and   stomach because of the combination of calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy

*Reduce your alcohol consumption. Bulging fat on the sides of waists and muffin tops is usually down to alcohol or sugar. Alcohol is one of the worst things for the waistline. It makes you store fat on your waist and also irritates the intestines, causing  “booze bloat”.


*Exercise  – although sit ups are often touted as the best exercise for toning the stomach; they’re not the best option for dealing with a bulging waistline. Yoga and Pilates will help sculpt the body while cardiovascular exercise like dancing and swimming will help rev up the metabolism and burn excess fat. A daily plank will also strengthen and tighten the core. Rest on your elbows, feet on tiptoes and hold for 30 seconds




Hi tech body shaping treatments have come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years with a number of new technologies to reduce fat and tighten flabby skin with little discomfort and minimal downtime.


*ProShock uses cryolipolysis – the next generation of fat freezing – and combines two technologies to break down fat and tighten skin. First, a small plate like device is placed directed onto the skin over the areas to be treated and then rapidly cooled. This crystallises the lipoids in the fat cells so they dissolve, and are then eliminated from the body naturally over the following weeks. Next, high-pressure acoustic waves are targeted over the treated areas to help tighten the skin. Four to six treatments recommended ten days apart but you’ll see results after two. £1500 for a course 0207 436 4441


*Bodytite is the next generation of liposuction. It is laser procedure, which uses radio frequency, and dissolves fat and tightens the skin at the same time .It takes around 45 minutes and can be performed under local anesthetic or light sedation. The results are permanent. Cost from £1500, downtime around one week More info from 0207 436 4441.


*Viora Reaction Reaction combines the mechanism of advanced Radio Frequency (RF) energy and vacuum therapy that works with the body’s natural regeneration process, to deliver safe and efficient treatments for:

– Cellulite (which are fat deposits that build up along the thight or bottom)
– Body contouring and tightening of the skin.

– Circumferential Reduction , course of 6 treatments, weekly, £999, no downtime, great results.

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