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Review of a Body Wrap for Weight Loss

By Nicole Whitney ; Updated July 18, 2017

The prospect of having a slimmer figure may entice you to consider having a body wrap. However, you may wonder if it is really possible to lose pounds and inches after an hour-long beauty treatment. Before you invest the $100 to $300 this treatment usually costs, understand its true benefits.


During the procedure, a technician snuggly wraps your torso, arms, legs and neck with elastic cloths. The cloths may be presoaked in a solution of herbs and minerals. While wrapped, you may exercise, sit in a sauna or have a massage.


Do not have a body wrap simply through an attempt to lose weight. Dr. Joel Schlessinger, president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic surgery says, “The use of body wraps as weight loss is clearly more hocus-pocus than anything.” Though you could lose between five to 10 pounds of water weight during a treatment, the toxins and fluids quickly re-accumulate; so does the weight. Wraps do not provide a permanent solution for weight loss.

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Ingredients in body wraps, such as seaweed and aloe vera, hydrate and moisturize the skin. Your skin may feel softer after a body wrap. Mud and clay heat the body during a wrap, so they can boost a sluggish metabolism. Herbal wraps may tighten the skin and diminish the appearance of cellulite.

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