If you want to lose belly fat using a plastic wrap, this article will show you the dangers of wrapping a plastic wrap on your stomach.
The idea of wrapping your tummy with plastic wraps to lose belly fat is not new.
For years, people have been wrapping plastic on the stomach and applying herbs or adding patches to lose belly fat.
However, this is not a safe way to lose belly fat.
In fact, there is no verified research to show that it is even an effective way of losing weight.
The science behind it is sketchy at best but the idea is that wrapping the plastic on the affected area causes you to ‘sweat out’ the fat.
Those who recommend this approach explain that using a wrap increases blood flow and confines body heat to the specific part of the stomach.
As a result, the fat tissues get burnt up.
Unfortunately, there’s no research to back these claims. In fact, current research shows that spot reduction is not possible. You can’t target where to lose fat.
Some people actually experience side effects when they use plastic wraps. Below are some of the common side effects of wrapping your belly with plastic wraps.
Dangers of Wrapping a Plastic Wrap on Your Stomach
1. It may lead to dehydration
Just like waist trimmers, body wraps cause excessive sweating.
Now, water loss isn’t the only thing you should be concerned about. The sweat remains clinging to the plastic and this could raise your body temperature to unsafe levels.
Additionally, excess fluid loss reduces your blood volume. Consequently, reducing the amount of oxygen sent to your cells.
Lack of oxygen then leads to weakness, dizziness, and headaches.
If the plastic wrap stays on for too long, the severe dehydration can lead to a coma or even death.
2. Exposure to harmful substances
Not only does using plastic wraps increase the risk of dehydration, but it also exposes you to harmful substances.
Saran wrap is made of polyvinyl chloride [PVC].
PVC can have a horrible impact on your spleen, liver, kidneys, and bones.
It is also a known carcinogenic, which means it can cause cancer.
Additionally, whatever you use to apply the ‘cold heat’ to the area could also affect you.
Menthol patches could have wintergreen, which is great for pain relief when used in small amounts. However, it can end up being toxic when applied for a long duration.
3. Causes low libido
Wrapping your stomach causes your internal organs to get squished together.
Some physicians believe this can lead to low libido.
There are a few cases where using plastic wraps has caused erectile dysfunction.
4. Temporary weight loss
The weight that you end up losing after using plastic wrap is only water weight.
This is because the wraps make you sweat excessively.
You will regain all the lost weight once you drink enough water.
The frustration of regaining weight can make you binge eat, and as a result, gain weight.
Stay away from ‘tricks’ that promise fat loss without effort. Most times, they will leave you heavier than you were.
5. Increased risk of Alzheimer’s
Some types of plastic wraps contain aluminum.
This metallic compound has been linked to increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s,
Research published in Science Direct showed that prolonged exposure to aluminum can make you show signs of Alzheimer’s.
6. It may burn your skin
You may experience a burning sensation after wrapping your tummy.
Some people think this is because the wrap is working and you are losing weight.
However, it could be in fact because of your skin type or your medical history.
7. Stomach problems
Countless users who have tried the solution have complained about gastrointestinal issues.
Some say that they experienced diarrhea and vomiting after using the plastic wrap with herbs, vapor rub, or menthol patches.
8. It can affect your weight loss journey
It’s hard to track your weight loss progress when using plastic wraps.
Most times you will lose water weight and think it’s body fat.
This may affect your weight loss journey since you won’t be able to track your weight loss correctly.
And as I said earlier, the frustration of not losing weight can demotivate you.
Can you still use wraps?
You can’t take shortcuts when it comes to weight loss.
Wrapping your stomach with plastic wraps won’t help you lose belly fat.
You need to change your diet, exercise for at least thirty minutes a day to lose weight and keep it off.
Plastic wraps can only be beneficial to athletes like boxers who want to cut weight fast before a fight.
However, they also need to be careful to avoid dehydration or burning.
Certified Aromatherapist, Debbie Gordon, says that custom wraps may be safer than plastic wraps with menthol patches.
Gordon uses her wraps to help deal with anxiety, for detoxing and boosting immunity.
The Bottom Line
It’s worth noting that none of the above benefits are backed by science. So, stay away from plastic wraps. Instead, use strategies that have been proven to enhance fat loss.
One of the most effective ways to lose belly fat is by using short workouts. One of my clients recently lost 15 pounds using these stunningly simple 15-minute home workouts.[related_posts_by_tax posts_per_page="4"]