How Effective Is a Body Wrap for Weight Loss?

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A body wrap is not an effective method of weight loss. It is sometimes an effective way to relax or moisturize, but there is no evidence that snugly wrapping a person’s body in plastic has weight management properties. A body wrap for weight loss or detoxing might not work, but experts admit that wraps can make a person appear or at least feel thinner for a day or two. Any loss of weight is either coincidence or the loss of water weight, which is a temporary phenomenon. Some spas also claim that body wraps “detox” a client’s body by pulling out impurities, but this is also false.

The best way to lose weight is usually to exercise and eat a healthy diet. Spas that advertise otherwise are misinformed about the true results of a body wrap for weight loss. Experts say that the results of a body wrap for weight loss usually last for two days, at best. The slimming effects can be great for a special occasion, like a wedding, where it is nice to feel at one’s best.


Experiencing even minor weight loss after a body wrap fuels the notion that body wraps are effective methods of reaching a healthy weight. This weight loss is usually pure coincidence. The average human body weight is rarely stable because it fluctuates due to how much food and water it contains. For example, a person will usually weigh less if he or she skipped breakfast and weighs right before lunch. Likewise, someone who eats a large breakfast and drinks plenty of water might notice a minor weight gain.

Another misguided claim about body wraps is that they can draw toxins from the body. Some spas claim that these toxins prevent weight loss or the toxins themselves weigh a lot and clients benefit by removing them. Other spas claim that toxins are at fault for unexplained fatigue, mind fog, or other health problems that are not easily explained, especially without seeing a doctor. Many doctors, on the other hand, say that there is no evidence that suggests a body wrap for weight loss can remove toxins from the body. In fact, it is often unclear what kind of toxins are supposedly being removed and where they come from.


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Post 3

Even before reading this article, I knew the miracle body wraps sounded to good to be true. However, I agree with @Laotionne that they can be worthwhile. Just think of them like a spa day. You get someone to pamper you and you just relax. However, the wraps can cost a few hundred dollars, so you have to consider that as well.

Post 2

What the article says about the body wrap not being a good weight loss remedy makes sense, but I am still considering having one. I mean, it doesn't do you any harm and it even has a couple benefits, so I could add it to my regular exercise program and diet. Maybe the temporary loss of water weight will motivate me to stick to my diet and exercise more often.

Post 1

I agree with this article when it talks about the body wrap and how the loss of water weight can be misleading. When I play in tennis tournaments, I can lose between five and 10 pounds during the weekend competitions. Then by mid week I have regained most of the weight.

Then if I eat normally and drink liquids I am back to my normal weight in a week, or two weeks at the most.

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