11/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

If Those Waist Beads Break, You Should Probably Skip Dessert


More than once, I've walked into the bathroom, stepped on the scale, and realized I've gained three pounds. Not the end of the world, but not the the highlight of my day, either. Now the scale-phobic have somewhere else to turn: waist beads.

These strands of shells, semi-precious stones, feathers, and even bone have been worn by African women for years for, among other reasons, weight control. As the beads get tighter, you know you're gaining a few pounds. So you can nip that weight gain in the bud before you're struggling to button your jeans.

Waist Beads by Sewra
makes them to be durable and comfortable enough for everyday wear while bathing or sleeping. Although I'm not one for wearing the same jewelry every day, this thing actually has a practical purpose. I can repeat accessories for that.

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