Waist beads are a traditional African accessory that consist of small beads on a string, wire, or elastic worn around the waist or hips. … In Ghana and other African countries, waist beads are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being.
About six months ago I started wearing waist beads. Believe it or not I did not start wearing my waist beads for any of the reasons listed above. My reasoning was somewhat unconventional, I use them to keep my weight in check. When I started working to lose weight I would weigh my self DAILY, sometimes several times a day. I was dedicated to my diet and exercise regimen and when I would step on the scale the number would not move or worst it would go UP. I would see my body changing, and many times the number on the scale would not change. HOW FRUSTRATING IS THAT!?!
That number on the scale set my mood for the entire day, how could something as trivial as scale have that much control? One day I just decided, NO MORE SCALE. I ordered my waist beads and tied them on and that is how I manage my weight. I am disciplined with my diet and exercise regimen so there is no need to weigh myself daily. If the waist beads tighten I know I need to cut back, if they loosen I know I have lost weight. I no longer let the scale control my life. Waistbeads have given me a confidence I didn’t have before and they work for me .