pretty crazy diets in order to shed pounds quick, but the latest fad in weight loss just seems downright painful.Celebrities have been known to put themselves through some
It's called the "corset diet," and it hails from the Hollywood Hills, as most wacky diets do. The diet consists of wearing a corset to constrict the waist -- an action that once saw corsets as symbols of male oppression over women's bodies -- in a bid to lose weight.
Naturally then, celebrities are all over the new fad. Actress Jessica Alba credited her post-baby bod to wearing a double corset day and night for three months after her pregnancy and it's rumoured that healthy living buff Gywneth Paltrow uses one too.
Now, the popularity of corsets is rising in the U.K., with devotees insisting that by restricting the waist, a corset is the perfect garment for losing weight, essentially acting as an external gastric band. Because the corset's steel boning is so tight, the wearer often just feels uncomfortable and as a result, wants to eat less.
The so-called diet was pioneered by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Sinclair, who claims that his patients have permanently lost six inches from their waistlines. Dr. Sinclair considers this diet, "a remarkable way to train your waist to be smaller."
Others aren't so sure about the powers of the corset -- according to Keri Peterson, M.D., a doctor in New York City, the diet "absolutely makes no medical sense whatsoever." Peterson believes that even though corsets can make you appear thinner, they won't physically change your size; if you do lose weight while wearing the stiff lingerie, it's most likely because you've been too uncomfortable to eat, so your calorie intake becomes lower.
We don't know about you, but this diet plan seems too unpleasant to even consider. Plus, we've got Spanx for those days where we need a little help sucking it all in.
What do you think of this diet -- will it last or is it just a fad? Let us know in the comments below and click through the slideshow above for some other crazy celeb diets.
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