Some women will try anything to squeeze into those skinny jeans, but the latest extreme slimming trend has nothing to do with cutting carbs or exercise, but rather, simply taking a step back in time and strapping on a corset.
Diane Gonzales, 53, of Azusa, Calif., has turned to corset training after striking out on multiple diets.
When asked what she’s hoping for as the outcome of this “diet,” Gonzales said, “A tiny little waist just like a Barbie doll.”
Under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Sinclair, a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon, Gonzales hopes to go from a 26- to a 23-inch waist, which her doctor says is possible.
“This is a remarkable way to train your waste to be smaller,” Sinclair, who says some of his patients have lost up to 6 inches, told ABC News.
Sinclair says compressing the bottom ribs both up and in makes the space between your ribs and hips look smaller, and the possible side effect of such discomfort might even make you eat less.
And while most women aren’t going to the extremes of Victoria-era women who laced corsets so tight their internal organs were rearranged, some doctors aren’t convinced the practice is such a good idea because that kind of compression can restrict the lungs and cause joint pain.
“I think this is the latest in a gimmicky, trendy phase,” ABC News senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton said.
Sinclair recommends wearing it for three to five hours a day to start and work your way up to 12 hours.