Corset Diet: Don't Be Fooled

  • Topic Info:There have been many diet ideas over the years... some cut your calorie intake, others all but eliminate carbohydrates. Some diets have you drinking nothing but lemonade and cayenne pepper for days. But a new weight loss trend has emerged: wearing a corset.

    Dating back several centuries, corsets were once described as an indispensable way to show the beauty of the female figure.

    But there's a reason why these garments were left behind. Wearing corsets for long periods of time may cause acid reflux due to the pressure put on your stomach, trouble breathing from the pressure put on your diaphragm and lungs, and can even bruise your internal organs.

    The real reason why celebrities like Jessica Alba swear by this corset diet is because the pressure on your body causes you to feel fuller than you really are, causing you to consume fewer calories, which in turn will make you lose weight.

    Not so fast.  After you're done wearing a corset, your body and diet will go back to normal, which can contribute to weight gain. 

    Board certified in internal medicine, and a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association, Dr. Keri Peterson, MD, discuss why the corset diet is more harmful than beneficial, as well as healthier alternatives for weight loss.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS