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Get Wrapped, Lose Weight?

Get Wrapped, Lose Weight?

If someone said you could trade dieting for bondage and still get a better body, would you do it? Some women are saying, “Absolutely, posit-utely!”

Mineral body wraps have been around for decades, and have been available in spas for years. But a recent interest among everyday-people spas has now opened the treatment to those of the less privileged life, all in the name of weight loss.

According to spa owners, the treatment works by draining waste and impurities from the body, therefore, allowing water to better flow through a woman’s system and encouraging weight loss. Of course, like a wet towel, whenever you squeeze something that is retaining water, the water will come out whichever way it wants to!

What’s more, spas claim the compression of bandages supposedly also helps push fat cells back together, changing the shape of the body. Some spas guarantee one body wrap session will help a woman lose six to 20 inches, and others claim a series of treatments is necessary before your cash is actually being put to good use.

Regardless of how much a spa wants to charge you—anywhere from $50 to $100—for results, doctors are less than enthusiastic about the treatments, claiming that the results are completely temporary. Doctors are also concerned about whether or not the wraps could be hazardous to a woman’s health. If you're looking into a wrap, health experts suggest first researching what type of minerals and solutions are being used.

We want to know: Have you ever tried a body wrap or another spa treatment that claimed to help you lose weight? Did it work? [MSNBC]

Posted: 6/16/08