The Skinny On The Dangers of Kim K’s Torturous Waist Training

The old saying: “beauty is pain, darling” takes on a whole new dimension thanks to the latest US weight-loss craze: waist training. Usually, I feel fairly indifferent at best towards Kim Kardashian, but I did feel white-hot feminist rage and incredulousness when I saw her Instagram pics of her “extreme beauty secret” – her corseted waist training – on TV.

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What the hell, ladies?! There are very good reasons for the eradication of all-day corsetry wear – these torture devices, hailing from the 16th century, cause breathing difficulties, crushed ribs – oh and they damage your internal organs. Call me crazy, but surely no amount of skinny waist action is worth this pain and bodily damage?!

Some enlightened doctors called for corsets to be banned as early as the late 19th century, but we have our feminist forebears to thank for their public protests about the damage corsets do to women’s bodies and unborn babies.

Kim Kardashian, waist training, corsets
Now, corsetry is being touted as a way to train your body to retain a slim, curvy figure even when you’re not wearing one. What a croc!?

And it’s not just Kim K who’s to blame for this bullshit trend – other celebrities, such as burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and Jessica Alba have long praised the benefits of wearing them, with the latter confessing to wearing not one, but two corsets after giving birth to her second daughter Haven in 2011.

Are these women mad? My bet is Kim K is way too smart (I hope) to be wearing a corset for any length of time for waist training, but is instead being paid a ridiculous sum of money to endorse them via her social media channels.

For, any personal trainer or doctor of repute (like my outraged health practitioners, scathing in their thoughts on waist training) would have surely set her straight as to the extreme dangers, right? Sad but true, nothing matches or replaces the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise, the old-fashioned way.

Sure, who doesn’t want to lose a few kilos, but are you going to risk your health to do so? Doctors say fainting spells are also a major side effect of waist training, due to the corsets quite literally constricting your lungs and airways. And other health experts have quashed the idea that you can get slimmer over time by wearing corsets, as fat’s squishy, and unfortunately, it bounces back (bugger).

Kim Kardashian, waist training, corsets
The only positive I can see from waist training is that the restrictive stress of it – while it’s causing you to develop malformation of organs – might make you eat less, by default! And I jest – anyone who tells you waist training is good for you must be selling something. Hang your head in shame, A-list celebrities – what a sick and dangerous message to send to young girls and women.

What do you think? Have you felt pressured to try waist training?

Main image via realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com; cartoon via blackdoctor.org and corset shot via necolebitchie.com.

December 1, 2014

Are There Celebrity Secrets To Losing Baby Weight?

Isn’t it amazing that a celebrity can bounce back to their fabulous pre-baby figure just a few months after giving birth, while most us struggle to lose that weight within a year, or perhaps we never do.  So how do they do it?  Of course the luxury of being a celebrity normally means they have plenty of money to spend on personal trainers, dieticians and chefs, but with a little hard work and dedication you too can fit back into those skinny jeans and ditch the maternity jeans once and for all.

Eating a good balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and exercising at least three times a week should have you well on your way to getting back into those pre-maternity clothes.  But if you’re interested in how the celebrities did it, here’s how:

Jessica Alba

Jessica kept herself trim whilst pregnant by walking, doing prenatal yoga and stability bike exercises which meant that she didn’t put on a huge amount of weight.  After her baby was born it was reported that she stuck to the 321 Baby Be Gone plan which involves hour long workouts for five days a week.  These workouts were divided into three cardio sessions, two strength training sessions and one ten minute core workout.  Her top secret though was that she wore a double corset, day and night for three months.  Sounds uncomfortable!

Jennifer Lopez

She lost 18 kilograms after the birth of her twins thanks to a calorie controlled diet meaning she could eat no more than 1,400 calories a day.  Team that with some vigorous ninety minute workouts and some high intensity cardio dance exercises and you have yourself an incredible post baby figure.  She also competed in a triathlon not long after her babies were born so that alone was motivation for her to lose the weight.

Jenny McCarthy

Petite framed Jenny McCarthy put on 36kg’s during her pregnancy with her son Evan.  After the birth she credited her weight-loss to Weight Watchers which taught her about portion control and calorie counting.  She has since also cut out gluten and dairy from her diet to match that of her son who is autistic and shed even more kilos.

Heidi Klum

Heidi lost her baby weight in six months after the birth of her child and says that breast-feeding was the main factor in her rapid weight loss.  Another secret weapon she used was taking photos of herself in the nude to keep track of how her body was transforming and to motivate herself to exercise.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth has an incredible figure after giving birth to her two children and she credits that to her wellness and fitness consultant Tracy Anderson who also works with Shakira and Madonna.  She works out five days a week at 10am so it’s a part of her daily routine and never lifts weights heavier than 1.5 kilos.  She’s also a fan of regular detoxes to cleanse her body and says that she exercises during spare moments at home when the kids are around too.

Do you think these are ‘secrets’ or just commonsense when it comes to healthy eating and exercise?

Image via ivillage.com

July 29, 2014

Fifi Box: How I Lost 10 kg

Former sugar addict and new mum Fifi Box has lost an impressive 10 kgs on the New Atkins program since June – putting her well on the way to her ultimate weight loss goal of 15 kilos. We chatted with Fifi to get her best weight loss tips.

What do you love most about the New Atkins Nutritional Approach?
New Atkins works for me because I never feel like I am missing out. The program has also helped me kick my sugar habit and keeps my energy levels on an even keel– something that is becoming more important to me as I manage work and being a first time mum.

I can choose from a wide range of whole foods including low-sugar fruits, plenty of fresh vegetables, lean red meat, fish, chicken, tofu, dairy, whole grains and nuts. And if I am craving something sweet tasting, I can indulge in an Atkins bar or shake.

What is a typical day’s eating and workout plan?

Breakfast: veggie and fetta omelette

Snack: Chocolate & Orange Atkins Advantage Bar

Lunch: Thai Beef Salad – usually made the night before so easy to take to work

Snack: celery and capsicum sticks with tzatziki

Dinner: Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet with a salad of green beans, cherry tomatoes, capsicum, Spanish onion and chives

Dessert: Sliced apricot, berries and greek style natural yoghurt

I am currently enjoying boxing for my workout.

What kind of snacks do you reach for most?
Atkins bars and shakes are great when I am on the go or when I need to indulge my sweet tooth – but without the guilt! If I am at home, I love an afternoon snack of capsicum and carrot sticks with tzatziki; cheese and celery sticks; or some berries and natural yoghurt.

How do you stay motivated to lose weight?
My top tips to stay motivated, especially around the festive season, are:

  • Focus on health as the priority – by creating a healthier lifestyle through better diet and exercise any unwanted weight will naturally drop off. This is a little tricky during the festive season I know, but just do your best and try and avoid the pasties and cake.
  • Get family and friends on board
  • Break your goal down into smaller milestones, and set yourself rewards for reaching each target – I like treating myself to a new pair of pants I could only dream about fitting into before I started on New Atkins.

What is your signature dish?
A favourite at the moment is the Cajun chicken salad – an easy-to-make recipe and very yummy which makes it perfect for busy people – and us mums!

December 27, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals Her Slim Body Secrets

Gwyneth Paltrow shares her slim body secrets, healthy eating ideas and detox tips with the Telegraph in the UK.

Make exercise a habit 
Keep up consistent exercise. I am dedicated to the Tracy Anderson Method and it has completely changed my body. Still, when I first started working with Tracy, finding motivation was hard. She advised me to think of exercise as an automatic routine, no different from brushing your teeth, to avoid getting distracted. Now it is part of my life – I exercise Monday to Friday at 10am and always stick with it. I’d also recommend concentrating on moving more – we sit for so much of the day. Choose to walk or take the stairs, or briskly climb a hill in the evenings. It creates good muscle tone and boosts your metabolism.

Schedule in a detox 
A detox is a great place to start before a diet. My doctor, Alejandro Junger, recommends a detox once a year to rid organs of processed food and environmental toxins. His theory is that the gut (your system of digestive organs) is the root of good health. It contains about 80 per cent of your body’s serotonin – which regulates appetite – so you’re more likely to lose weight when it’s working properly. This year I chose the Elimination Diet, which meant no additives or processed foods for three weeks. I’ve done juice cleanses in the past, and in my twenties I did the Master Cleanse, which left me hallucinating after 10 days. Be aware: a juice detox can crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain.

Keep food at your fingertips 
It is easy to get distracted by junk food when you are hungry, so keep healthy snacks to hand. On a Sunday prepare a batch of salad dressings (I make my ‘Mexican green goddess’ dressing – goat’s yogurt, jalapeño, coriander and honey – or a carrot and ginger one) and store them in the fridge for the rest of the week. They make a quick and easy go-to for dipping vegetables or for drizzling over chicken. Also, keep your cupboards well stocked with fresh basics to stay inspired to eat healthily. I love cooking and always have sweet potatoes, shallots and various lettuces in my larder and keep garden-cut herbs wrapped in a moist kitchen towel in the fridge.

Measure in inches 
There is something punitive about weighing yourself. It can leave you vulnerable to shame and guilt, and it messes with you psychologically. Women naturally gain and lose weight during their monthly cycle anyway, so it can be more realistic to monitor your body shape with a measuring tape.

Believe in balance 
Stay away from processed foods, though cutting them out completely is no fun and can ultimately lead to a binge. Allow yourself programmed treats – I often have a glass of red wine in the evening and smoke a cigarette on a Saturday. I love those moments because they are just the right amount of naughty. That balance keeps you vibrant. You have to live your life, after all.

Try a beauty trick 
One of the best cheat products I have found for the body is a tinted moisturiser called Prtty Peaushun. It is shimmery, which gives the illusion of contour; you can see muscle definition. It is great for legs too, and leaves skin looking really hydrated. I wore it on my stomach when I was filming Iron Man 3.

What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow’s body secrets?

July 29, 2013