By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer
Waist training is an incredibly effective weight loss and body shaping tool. Seriously, have you seen Lifestyle Curves’ ambassador, Ruby? If you haven’t yet, check out her blog. Her results have been incredible!
Okay, so I know waist training works. How do I make it work for me?
When you purchase a waist trainer, you are already taking a major step in the right direction. But we won’t sugarcoat it. Waist trainers do work, and they can provide undeniable results when used on their own - but if you’re looking for fantastically transformative results that will make jaws drop when you walk into a room, you should know there are a few do’s and don’ts that are important to incorporate with your waist training program.
Read on to find out the do’s and don’ts of waist training.
Do use a calorie counter.
Just by donning a waist trainer, you will be eating much, much less than usual because of the compression waist trainers provide on your mid-section. But if you are trying to lose weight, sometimes just watching what you eat isn’t enough. It’s much too easy to underestimate how much you’ve eaten so the more methodical you can be, the better. There are plenty of free calorie counting apps out there (like MyFitnessPal ) that you can use, or you can buy a journal and create your own food journal, too, if you prefer.
Recording everything you eat can be greatly helpful for becoming aware of bad eating habits and patterns, and that can go a long way in helping you adopt a long term, healthier eating strategy.
Don’t skip wearing your waist trainer.
Waist trainers make a HUGE difference when you’re trying to lose weight and get an hourglass shape. (Take a look here to see how waist trainers help.) But they don’t work if you don’t wear them. Consistency is key when it comes to seeing permanent results with your waist trainer. That means wearing it every day. It’s a simple thing to do every morning that takes just a few minutes of your time and will create amazing, long-lasting results that you will love.
Do drink more water.
Health experts typically recommend that adults drink 8 glasses of water a day. The truth is, this can vary. You may need to drink more water during the summer, for instance, when the days are hotter, and you may need to drink more water if you’re crushing your workouts. It’s important to listen to your body. But you definitely want to shoot for 8 glasses a day of water as a minimum.
Don’t drink soda.
Weight loss is all about calories in vs calories out. If you want to lose weight, you want to make sure you are eating less calories than your body is burning a day. For that reason, it’s important to cut out sugary drinks that provide no nutritional value and that won’t help you feel full. Soda, sugary lattes, and juices can really wreck your best efforts, so it’s better to stay away.
Do plan your meals ahead of time.
Whether you’re a meal-prepper or not, planning ahead on what you’ll be eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the following day will make it easier for you to stick to a plan. For example, if you know your office provides donuts in the break room in the mornings, deciding the night before that you won’t be indulging in one will make it much easier to walk right by one the next day. Planning ahead and self-discipline go hand-in-hand.
Don’t overindulge during happy hours.
Any nutrition expert will tell you that alcohol and weight loss are not exactly synonymous. That being said, you don’t want to give up your social life - and you shouldn’t have to. One of the best qualities of waist training is that it is a tool that will help you create life-long healthy, sustainable habits. It’s not a fad diet that will require you to give up all things you enjoy for a temporary period of time, only to rebound with weight gain later.
Don’t pass up on all happy hours but do make smart choices about what, and how many, drinks you get. Limit yourself to drinks that don’t have a lot of sugar or extra calories. Ask for tequila or vodka with club soda and a lime, or a glass of red wine.
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