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Weight Loss

From the effects of the hormone cortisol to the role of genetics in weight loss, this category is packed with everything that you need to know about losing weight the healthy way.

The Dangers of Stomach Wraps

While individuals turn to stomach wraps based on their alluring claims and fallacious before and after pictures posted on social media sites, they can likewise come with dangerous side effects. So if curious to use stomach wraps to lose weight, it is important to consider both sides of the story.


Losing belly fat is not only longed for vanity measures, but issued to combat associated risks of metabolic disorders. In hopes to shed weight, individuals may be turning to stomach wraps based on their alluring claims and fallacious before and after pictures posted on social media sites.

While stomach wraps are tempting and likely to be harmless, they can likewise come with dangerous side effects. So if curious to use stomach wraps to lose weight, it is important to take both sides of the story into consideration.

What Are Stomach Wraps?

Stomach wraps are essentially plastic wrapped around the midsection. While the wraps can be prepared at home, they are often used in spa settings and come with a hefty price tag.

Consumers are often wrapped for 20 minutes up to an hour, though sessions are also dependent on the specific spa protocol. A wrap session may also be paired with techniques to stimulate blood circulation and sweat, including massage therapy, exercise, and the use of a sauna.

Body wraps are often infused with herbs, oils, clay, algae, chocolate, coffee, and other added ingredients. The most common types of body wraps claim the following:

• Moisturize the skin and improve skin texture

• Stress relief and relaxation

• Detox from harmful "toxins"

• Rid or diminish the appearance of cellulite

• Slim and tone the body

• Target fat loss

Do belly wraps for weight loss really work?

Belly wraps claim to target fat loss in the abdominal area, with some spas even promoting a six to 20-inch loss among various parts of the body! But if hoping to use stomach wraps for weight loss, results are marginal and short-lived.

Whereas stomach wrappers may see a drop in the scale following a wrap session, the instant weight lost does not represent true fat loss. Instead, stomach wraps often lead to loss of weight weight. Once the body is rehydrated, the weight comes straight back.

Users may see a slight reduction in the appearance of cellulite, though results fade quickly and last no more than a day or two. There is also no science-based evidence proving wraps "rid of toxins."

What are the dangers of stomach wraps?

While most healthy people are unlikely to experience any adverse effects from belly wrap session, it is still important to highlight potential risks. And especially if taken to the extreme, belly wraps can be dangerous to both physical and mental health.

The use of body wraps may cause dehydration, which can actually be quite serious and even fatal. High water loss has the potential to lead to hypovolemic shock, a condition in which the liquid portion of blood is low. Hypovolemic shock can be life-threatening as the body's organs become deprived of blood and oxygen. Symptoms of hypovolemic shock include:

• Weakness

• Fatigue

• Fainting

• Dizziness

• Nausea and vomiting

• Mental confusion

• Accelerated heart rate

Beyond physical risks, stomach wraps paint a deceiving picture on what health and weight loss actually involves. Some regimens encourage exercise and a healthy diet, although users may attribute any weight loss to the wrap itself rather than making healthy lifestyle changes. What's more, stomach wrappers may also fixate on quick weight loss, which is not ideal for reaching and sustaining a healthy weight.

Users may further disregard the power of a well-functioning body system. And that "detoxification" function the stomach wraps promote? A healthy body houses its most valuable and efficient detoxifiers, largely the liver, skin, kidneys, and lungs.

Additional Precautions

Individuals with any preexisting health conditions should also tread with caution. This includes, but not limited to, those with diabetes, a heart condition, and sensitive skin such as eczema.

Women who are pregnant or lactating should also consult with a doctor before considering any sort of treatment, body wraps included.

The Reality of Body Wraps for Weight Loss

Before spending time and money on a body wrap, you should reflect on your expectations and react realistically and appropriately.

If content with short-term results, body wraps will likely not cause harm. But if expecting lasting changes, you are likely to be disappointed and shortchanged. And truly, consuming a well-balanced diet and engaging in 30 minutes of physical activity daily is recommended, with or without a pricey stomach wrap attached.

So rather than spending time and money on temporary fixes, allot minutes in your day and funds towards efforts proven to lend long-term results. For instance, purchase a gym membership and schedule a few times each week to go. Finding it difficult to make healthy changes to your diet amidst a busy schedule? A weight loss meal delivery service can assist.

The Bottom Line: With any sort of weight loss product or technique, always do your research beforehand and consult with a primary care provider. And remember, such gimmicky methods should never displace a healthy lifestyle.

And that's a wrap!

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on August 25, 2017. Updated on May 10, 2019.


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