We Tried It: Jessica Alba’s Corset Diet
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For a full seven days, I strapped on AMIA's Almighty Cincher ($54, hourglassangel.com), which is a little more expensive than shapewear like Spanx, but it's also a lot cheaper than, say, personal training sessions.
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According to AMIA's press release, the Almighty Cincher not only trims 1-3 inches off your waist "in seconds," it also can improve posture and reduce back pain. "Some users wearing the Almighty Cincher 8-10 hours a day for 30 days reported sustained reduction of one to four inches in the midsection," continues the release, "through the science of compression to support long-term slimming and by stimulating thermal activity and perspiration to mobilize fat and toxins."
One to four inches? I'm in.
Getting It On
On the box, the Almighty Cincher is referred to as "the midsection makeover," and, regardless of its weight-loss effects, it's a great reminder of why girdles have long been popular. Strapping on this bad boy every morning dramatically slimmed my hips and waistline (I was amazed), though it takes some arm strength and wiggling, and the fit isn't perfect. On me, for example, the corset was extremely snug at the hips and a bit looser at the rib cage-which meant I didn't exactly feel comfortable wearing in a slim-fitting dress during the week. On Day One, fastening it was a real challenge, but by Day Four, I had gotten the hang of it.
The corset is certainly not what I would call comfortable, but it's certainly not as debilitating as I'd feared. True, bending at the waist presents something of a challenge-and sitting at a desk is much more comfortable without a stiff undergarment strapped around your waist and hips-but you get used to it quickly, and it truly does do wonders for your posture. What's more, the fabrication of this thing is seriously impressive: All day, I was expecting the corset to ride slowly up my mid-section, but this sucker does not move. I wish my jeans, tights, and bra were as stoic as this corset.
How Long We Wore It
Considering I only wore the corset for a week, I was determined to wear it for the full 8-10 hours each day. Honestly, there's no "good time" to take off a corset anyway-you find yourself asking questions like, "Will this corset I just took off in an office restroom fit into this purse?"-so putting it on in the morning, wearing it to work, and taking it off when you get home is the most logical thing to do.
That said, the weekend presents a major challenge. I was out running errands on Saturday, so I managed to strap on the corset and get in a good seven hours of wear, but on Sunday, I just wanted to sit around the house and be lazy. There is nothing about a cinched corset that can be "lazy," and watching bad TV on the couch is just not as satisfying when you're wearing waist-squeezing shapewear.