I’m a firm believer that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Maybe I’m the type of person who looks at the world skeptically rather than through rose-tinted glasses, or maybe I’m just realistic. Whatever you want to call it, one of my most recent considerations was regarding body wraps.
Plenty of spa’s and self-employed promoters offer body wraps as a way to take inches off your waistline, detox and eliminate cellulite. The process involves wrapping the client (or yourself) in plastic after applying some type of mineral product onto the skin. Some body wrap types use mineral-soaked pieces of fabric instead, kind of like ace bandages.
In recent years we’ve seen an upraise in the popularity of body wraps, with before & after results clogging up the social media feeds of women worldwide.
Though these before & after results look fabulous, I am yet to actually find someone who has taken their own and raves about the results – that is unless they’re trying to promote the product and earn some money. This is just one reason I’m skeptical, so if you are too you may be interested in hearing my other concerns:
For some, it will replace exercise and discourage traditional methods of weight-loss
I fear that encouraging people, many of which are struggling with their weight, to use body wrapping may trick them into thinking that they are doing enough for their health. They may replace their weekly run with a weekly body wrap, or they may scrap their healthy eating plan with a view to trim down using the wraps afterwards. I think we should be encouraging proven, healthy ways to loose weight, not attempting to provide shortcuts with some quack logic behind them.
There is currently no proven evidence that body wraps work
A cellulite cure is of course massively desirable, as is an easy weight-loss solution that doesn’t require any real effort from the individual. However, while body wraps are definitely a great way to moisturise the skin, they aren’t actually proven to do anything else. I know this because of an FDA Consumer article I read, which 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.”
Do we really need to detox and can we really melt fat?
Apparently, according to the Food and Drug Administration, the claim that products can ‘melt’ fat or cellulite is completely unsubstantiated. OK, it’s true that you may see a slight difference in certain areas immediately after a body wrap, but this is more likely to be due to the loss of water weight from sweating, which can also be achieved in many other, more traditional ways. Plus, the more traditional ways have the added benefit of you actually loosing weight!
And when it comes to body wraps as a detoxifier, I become even more concerned. The liver, kidneys and intestines are all organs that do a great job of getting rid of the toxins in our body, so unless you have a serious health condition related to the function of any of these you’re already filtering all the unwanted things from your body naturally. A mineral-soaked fabric can make your skin soft, but it can’t do anything from the inside.
To conclude, it really is too good to be true. I think body wraps are a huge waste of time and money. With no science to support the claims and a whole load of grey areas that cannot be explained, I don’t see why anyone would think anything otherwise.
Further reading & resources: http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/detox_overview.html
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