Corset Diet: Don't Be Fooled

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: There's a reason why these garments were left behind. Wearing corsets can cause acid reflux, trouble breathing, and even bruise internal organs.
Air Date: 10/28/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Keri Peterson, MD
Keri PetersonDr. Keri Peterson obtained her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Peterson has been in private practice with a prominent medical group on the Upper East Side of Manhattan since 1999. She holds appointments at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.

With a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of medicine, Dr. Peterson has several publications in leading medical and scientific journals and has presented at distinguished medical symposiums.

Dr. Peterson is a medical contributor and columnist for Women's Health Magazine. A frequent media spokesperson, Dr. Peterson is a regular guest on The Today Show and has appeared on several programs including Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The Tyra Banks Show, America's Newsroom, Fox 5 News, America's News HQ, Neil Cavuto, CNN American Morning and Nancy Grace.
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Corset Diet: Don't Be Fooled
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.


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