Originated in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and other West African countries, waist beads are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being. people can use waist beads to stay aware of any weight gain or loss in the abdomen. ... If you were to gain weight, the beads will sit higher on the waist or feel tight. Conversely, if you were to lose weight, the beads will feel loose and fall further down to the hips. Each color has different meanings. Select the style and color that fits you Best.