by Ben Greenfield
One popular treatment in fat loss spas and clinics is body wraps, which are advertised as a cure for everything from loose skin to toxicity to – you guessed it – excess weight.
So what exactly is a body wrap? Basically, it begins with a “wrapping” material – such as bandages, clay, mud, or seaweed – which has been soaked in herbs. Next, you are wrapped, from your ankles up to your neck, and remain in the wrap for around an hour, during which time you may relax, or you may exercise, depending on the spa where you’re having the procedure. Finally, the wrap is removed and…voila! You’re slimmer and have tighter, firmer skin.
That is, temporarily.
While body wraps will certainly hydrate, tighten, and firm your skin (which may give you a more slim appearance), and may even cause sweating that could potentially remove “toxins” (or at least, excess fluid) from your body, none of this can be considered as direct fat loss. However, if that body wrap makes you feel so good, so clean, and so energized that you get inspired to exercise and eat healthy, then yes indeed – body wraps may work for fat loss! Just don’t be fooled into thinking you can walk out of the wrap 10 pounds lighter.
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