You’ve probably heard all about the [Insert Brand Name Here] magical belly wraps which sell for $25 each and need to be repeated every few months to maintain the desired effect.
Warning: Body wraps aren’t proven to achieve much, other than remove water weight (essentially, dehydrate you.) They may also be bad for circulation. So if you try this, keep in mind that they can have risks and you should be aware that these aren’t a magic weight loss cure.
Should not be used while pregnant. If you’re breastfeeding, check with your doctor. Some medical professionals believe that the toxins your body releases can go into your milk supply.
But for those people who still want to do this easily and cheaply at home, here’s all you need:
1. Lotion, oil or some healthy liquid that you can put on your belly. Suggestions include coconut oil, vitamin E cream, calendula, body mud or just your run of the mill body lotion. Once you get fancier, you can try mineral oils and other fun things.
2. Cling wrap.
Plain, out of the box cling wrap, saran wrap, whatever you want to call it. If you want to do a lot of this, or your whole body you may want to try one of those automatic dispensers.
3. A bandage.
Any bandage that you can wrap around your belly and fasten.
Method: Slather your belly in the first ingredient. Wrap yourself a couple of times in cling wrap to cover the wet area. Then cover that all with a wrap around bandage. Leave on for half an hour, remove and voila – you’re done.
Clean and exfoliate your skin before starting. During the process you can use a blanket, heater, water bottle or electric blanket to make it more effective.
How It Works:
(Pardon the pun.) Essentially, you sweat out water weight and toxins. This can lead to reduced weight (for a short time) and stretch marks. However, it won’t last forever, so to maintain the benefits you’ll have to keep doing it now and then OR change your diet and exercise habits. The amount of weight loss you experience will vary based on your body type, your water retention and how well your body sweats it out.