The Truth About Using Body Wraps for Weight Loss

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When it comes to weight loss, people will do some crazy things. If you’ve never heard of using body wraps to lose weight, then you’d better read on. As with most weight loss products, body wraps claim to be the answer to blasting belly fat that you’ve been searching for. Depending on the type of wrap, some products claim that you can lose anywhere from a few pounds to a few inches in as little as 30 to 90 minutes.

Other claims insist that when you use the product for longer, you can even drop a few dress sizes. But these claims all seem too good to be true, which leaves many people wondering what the side effects are of dropping weight so quickly. This article covers everything you need to know about using body wraps for weight loss, and whether or not they really work.

What Are Body Wraps?

The Truth About Using Body Wraps for Weight Loss

 

A body wrap can be made from plastic or fabric. It will need to be several feet long so that you can wrap it around your waist or another body part several times. Usually, the top layer of the wrap contains natural or herbal ingredients that are meant to penetrate into the skin and help you lose weight by sweating or detoxing naturally. The idea behind the wrap is that when you wrap a certain part of your body, it causes you to sweat and flush out toxins that help you lose weight or inches in that particular area.

When wraps first came out years out, most people used linen or fabric because it was soft and not so terrible on your skin. But recently, many people have started using plastic wraps or even blankets. The idea behind plastic wraps is similar to that of a sauna. It creates heat and allows you to work up a good sweat, especially if you use them during exercise. Neoprene body wraps are similar to plastic wraps, and they are most commonly used around your middle section. Some wraps claim to be more effective than saunas because they allow you to target a specific area of your body, such as your midsection or thighs.

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But keep in mind that excessive sweating only causes you to lose water weight, so if you step on the scale and like what you see after using one, chances are you haven’t lost any real body fat. Additionally, losing a lot of water weight can cause dehydration, which has adverse effects on the body and can be extremely dangerous when done in excess. You’ll want to replenish any water weight you lose right away. Additionally, raising your core body temperature may also lead to health problems, especially if you have a preexisting condition.

How Do You Use Them?

You can either apply a body wrap at home or get one done at a spa. The person who applies the wrap should be a licensed esthetician or massage therapist. You can choose from several different types of wraps. Heat wraps are used by applying heat cream to your skin first before wrapping it. Slimming wraps often use topical herbal products or lotions. You can also get a detox wrap that contains ingredients that are meant to pull toxins out of the skin to help you lose weight, cellulite, and impurities. Once you take off the wrap, your skin should be noticeably tighter, but keep in mind that this tightness is often temporary and your skin will go back to normal after you take off the compression wrap and proper blood flow returns to the area.

Do Body Wraps Really Work?

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The short answer is that body wraps might work within reason, BUT they also come with some potentially dangerous side effects that you should be aware of before trying. Keep in mind that body wraps are a short-term weight loss tool that may take off an inch or two, but this is mostly from water weight. These inches may reappear when you become rehydrated and take the wrap off.

Your weight loss may also depend on what type of wrap you use and how long you use it for. Remember that it’s not a good idea to keep the wrap on for too long because it may cut off your circulation and damage your skin. Plus, you’ll be denying nutrients and oxygen from that area of the body, which is never a good idea.

According to an article posted by ABC News, there are some strings attached when it comes to the benefits of using a body wrap. Specifically, the article states that the only thing you lose when you do a body wrap is money. Doctor Victor Herbert of Mt. Sinai Veterans Research Center calls body wraps a bunch of “pseudoscientific gobbledygook.” He stated that the only way you’ll lose weight is by dehydrating yourself. He warns against something called hypovolemic shock that occurs when you become so dehydrated that you have low blood volume shock. Additionally, you could give yourself circulatory problems on top of that.

How To Use A Body Wrap At Home

How To Use A Body Wrap At Home

Some people like the idea of using a body wrap at home because they have control over what goes in it. In other words, there is no “secret formula” that spas use that you have no idea what you’re putting on your body. If you’re going to use a wrap at home, start by taking a shower so that your skin is clean and can better absorb any of the materials that you use in the wrap. The next step is to exfoliate your skin by using a homemade scrub. You can make one by combining two tablespoons of coconut oil with one teaspoon of fine sugar and a drop or two of lemon essential oil. This is a good way to get any dead skin off your body before applying the wrap.

The next step is to apply the wrap on some regions of your body using the homemade body wrap recipe that is provided below. Make sure that you only apply a thin layer of the mixture to avoid skin irritation. For the recipe, you’ll need:

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