Chief Science Correspondent
It's an extreme case of old (i.e. early-to-mid-1800s) fashion coming back in style. Waist training, the process of gradually permanently reshaping the torso by wearing a tightly laced corset around the mid-section, is one of the fall's newest fashion and fitness trends.
Many users swear by the power of waist training, including reality star Kim Kardashian, who is reportedly wearing a corset to regain her pre-baby figure. One Twitter user reported having shed two inches after only one week.
The basic concept of waist training seems to be that users wear the corset for as long as possible, and as tightly as possible, for an indefinite amount of time. Corset company Waist No Time recommends increasing tightness and duration every day. By tightening certain areas of the body, users can target weight loss in certain areas and achieve the much-coveted hourglass figure.