Lose water weight by using wrapping technique

What Are Body Wraps For Weight Loss?

Wrapping your body with a linen or plastic sheet or blanket and covering it with herbal or natural ingredients is called a body wrap. In turn, this helps you sweat without moving an inch, which, in turn, helps flush out toxins and reduce inches from the wrapped area. Historically, linen was the most popular wrap, but today, plastic or blanket are most popular. While the principle of body wraps is similar to that of sauna treatments, body wraps are said to be more effective (2). However, you cannot just put on any wrap and expect good results. In order for your body wrap to work effectively, you must follow our guidelines. Here’s what you need to know.

In many homes, Vicks VapoRub is used to treat colds, fevers, and chest pains, but you might not know that the cream can be used to lose weight and improve the appearance of certain body parts. Many spas offer a wrap therapy for weight loss and skin tightening. These wrap therapies became popular in the 1980s and 1990s, according to WebMD.

You can do your own spa treatment at home using plastic wrap and Vicks VapoRub. You rub VapoRub on your skin and then wrap the same area in plastic wrap.

Here’s how a wrap therapy session might help you:

1. Weight Loss

In Step to Health magazine, camphor, the active ingredient in Vicks VapoRub, may stimulate fat burning in certain parts of the body. VapoRub and plastic, however, cause the body to sweat, which leads to water loss, not fat loss. Still, the result is loss of weight.

Weight loss is temporary, lasting just a few days, but it can be great to lose that extra inch to fit into a dress for a special occasion. In the video below, YouTube user Danielle Stewart demonstrates how plastic wrap therapy (using vitamin E oil and Epsom salt) reduced her waist by an inch after 45 minutes.

The slimming wraps are similar to spray tans, SpaFinder president Susie Ellis told WebMD. “It’s temporary, but sometimes that’s OK.” WebMD advises people to stay hydrated while doing wrap therapy, since you’re losing water weight.

2. Cellulite Reduction

The Step to Health magazine recommends mixing Vicks VapoRub with rubbing alcohol and baking soda. The magazine claims that this combination can reduce the appearance of cellulite and moisturize your skin.

3. Stretch Mark Reduction

According to LiveStrong, Vicks VapoRub might reduce the appearance of stretch marks. VapoRub isn’t a miracle cream, but its oils and active ingredients “can work to soften overly stretched skin and reduce a dry appearance that makes stretch marks stand out.” However, LiveStrong points out that no topical cream has been proven to work.

Have you ever tried the plastic wrap therapy? How did it go for you? Check out the video below for a step-by-step guide to doing your own weight-loss wrap.


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