Slimming Body Wraps For Weight Loss: Why You Should Waste Your Money

If it sounds too good to be true, it is. This is another cool way to lose weight without exercise.  So let’s take a test here: A spa claims that simply wrapping you up like a mummy, maybe with some special “magic” mineral concoction applied to your skin, will miraculously “detox” your body, take inches off your waistline and eliminate cellulite. Too good to be true? Of course it is! Plenty of people are throwing $100-plus at spas for this treatment and walking away with a distorted theory — most likely the result of some serious cognitive dissonance — that they’ve lost inches from their waist and are now healthier, happier people because toxins have been removed from their bodies. We feel like a broken record here, but we’re going to say what we always say: There is no healthy, quick-fix solution for losing weight and being healthy. It takes hard work and a long-term commitment to improving eating habits and exercising. Despite this logic, spas are successfully duping optimistic customers into body wrapping. The process usually involves wrapping the person in plastic after applying some type of mineral product to the skin — or simply wrapping them in mineral-soaked pieces of fabric, like Ace bandages. Next, the customer is instructed to do some sort of light exercise, whether that means hopping on an Elliptical for 30 minutes to an hour or following a dance/aerobics DVD. Other spas simply cover the mummified customer in thermal blankets and let them sweat for the next 30 minutes in a room with a massage-type of atmosphere — cue the beach sounds and candles.  

As a weight-loss solution & cellulite cure

While this can be an effective — albeit expensive — way to moisturize your skin and relax, it’s not going to do much else. An FDA Consumer article explained: “There is no scientific or clinical evidence to support the use of body wraps or sauna suits for controlling weight. Nor is there any data to back up promoters' claims that these products will eliminate cellulite and bulging fat, or make ‘spot reductions’ possible, or improve the ‘calorie burn rate,’ or control appetite. Accordingly, there are no FDA-approved body wraps or sauna suits.” Ignore any spas claiming that body wrapping can melt the fat that causes cellulite. Fat doesn’t melt, and the Food and Drug Administration considers it an unsubstantiated claim when products or services advertise their ability to “melt” fat or cellulite. It’s true that you might appear to have “shrunken” in certain areas, like the waist, but this is most likely due to the loss of water weight from sweating and the compression of the wraps. It will magically reappear after you eat or drink, or within a couple of days, according to Quackwatch and Livestrong. So the spa guru measured you before and after, and informed you that you’re now X number of inches slimmer? This could just be the water weight, but be skeptical of their measurements as well. ABC found discrepancies in the way their reporters were measured before and after the treatment; the woman administering the treatment measured the waist in a different place the second time and measured the first time with her finger behind the tape, creating slack and a bigger measurement.  

As a detoxifier

As far as detoxing is concerned, we truly wish we could banish the word completely. Unless you have a serious health condition that interferes with the functioning of the liver, kidneys or intestines, those organs do an excellent job of ridding our bodies of toxins on their own, filtering the unwanted things we ingest and expelling them through urine, bowel movements, breath and sweat. And even if there was something to detox, wrapping your body in mineral-soaked fabric wouldn’t do anything but possibly improve your skin. As one Quackwatch article explained, “Real detoxification of foreign substances takes place in the liver, which modifies their chemical structure so they can be excreted by the kidneys, which filter them from the blood into the urine. Sweat glands in the feet can excrete water and some dissolved substances, but its minor role in ridding the body of unwanted substances is not changed by anything done to the skin.” "There's never been any real scientific evidence that body wraps pull out toxins or purify your body in any way," Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, a Washington, D.C., dermatologist, stated on WebMD. Instead of paying $100+ for a body wrap, try eating healthier foods and exercising — the foolproof way to shed some pounds, feel healthy and boost self-esteem.  


Submitted by Maria on

Wraps give that instant look. You lose a lot of water when you get a body wrap, and it may be just the thing you need to fit into that outfit you want to wear for a special occasion.

When wrapped six or ten times in succession, and at the same time dieting, results are evidenced by the tighter skin and a smaller look. Everything has to work together. You cannot get wraps and pig out, it doesn't work that way. However, good results are seen when both are applied. It can may you look smaller and smoother.

Submitted by Em on

Thank you, Maria for clarifying. Of course fat doesn't "melt". However, SWEATING is a form of removing toxins which is why sweating is good for you. Any spa that has told you that body wraps help you "lose weight" are clearly just trying to weasel you in to their business and don't care about the client. It is kind of common sense. However, bodywraps and all the different kinds help TONE the body in order to feel fresh and open pores or some ppl like to claim, "slim". Like maria said above, slipping into a dress comfortablly. All effects are temporary. Also, all of those ingredients and what not are expensive so the price will definitely be a lot for some people depending on the place and area.

Submitted by fattymcfly on

I use to wrap 6 weeks ago and got an infection in my pores. It was one of those at home in a box kit. I ended up getting a small scar on my inner thigh that looks like a giant wrinkle.had to go to the hospital with a clean it up and she told me that it's not very common but is still at risk it has only seen one another case but that is just one doctor. So make sure you do your research before using these at home kits

Submitted by Liz on

Sweating is not a form of removing toxins. It's a physiologic function to help keep the body cool.

Submitted by Megan on

I have noticed that several of my friends on FB have started selling the program and are always throwing out words like "loyal customers" and have pictures of the before and after. I was talking to my mom about this process and she said when she was growing up, she knew people that wanted to wear a fitted dress, so they would use cling wrap with things like Aloe and baby oil.

Sweating is good for you, it's how your body cools itself. Believe me, as you get older, you will be sweating more than you want to. I completely understand now why my mom and aunts were always hot! Like the article said, if you are healthy, your body is already getting rid of toxins. My concern with body wrapping is due to a few things I have read that the person has to drink well over the needed amount of water in a short period. If you are taking any medication, it decreases the amounts of medicine that you are taking by watering them down. I have also read about "wrapping parties" where they are dancing, and getting cleansed, which makes more people see several people losing inches, so the hostess (salesperson) is able to sell more of the wraps. I have seen such a variation on the cost of the wraps. My mom is one of the lucky ones that can eat whatever she wants and stays slim. I didn't get her genes. I have to work at losing weight. Believe me, I have tried several of the get thin quick products and the only thing that ever worked for me was to eat right, drink plenty of water and get the exercise you need. I asked my doctor about the wraps because I too would love to fit into a dress for an upcoming event, but my doctor made it very clear that using the wraps would be dangerous because I take medications that would not work properly if I tried any type of get thin quick trends. I am just afraid that some people as well as the person that sells the wraps don't realize the health concerns.

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