The Girdle Returns: Is This a Good Or Bad Thing?

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Editor's note: With Spanx all the rage, maybe it was only a matter of time before the girdle made a comeback. If any of you have what it would be like to wear one, read on. After hearing about the alleged benefits of girdle wearing, blogger Charlotte Andersen decided to try one on for size. For her, the results were pleasantly surprising… at least at first. Five minutes later, though, she started singing a different story. Here's a glimpse of her girdle-wearing fiasco below. – Judy

The arguments in favor are many: that they reduce bloating, that they train muscles back to proper alignment, that they help fix poor posture, that they compress your stomach to the point where you simply can’t eat as much and that they help a woman get her shape back faster after pregnancy. It was that last reason – post-partum recovery – that led me to buy my first girdle. And to this day I say that was one of the best things I ever did. The girdle took FIVE inches off my waist. And then: It started to hurt. And I mean hurt like I was doing myself some kind of structural damage hurt.

Read more from Brace Yourselves Ladies: The Girdle is Making a Comeback… Is this a good thing or a bad thing? at The Great Fitness Experiment

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