You know the ones I’m talking about. The body wraps that claim to tighten, tone and firm. To reduce the appearance of cellulite. Is it to good to be true?
I invited a local consultant, Amy Castillo, to my home to give it the test. She brought one wrap, and I elected to use it on my stomach–my troublesome area after having 6 babies. She spent some time with me ahead and explained that the wraps contain an herbal cream designed to reduce the fat cells. She said I could see some results after 45 minutes, but I could reapply the wrap for up to 8 hours for maximum efficiency. She said to make sure I drink a lot of water during the process as this would help expel toxins. (I ended up drinking about 32 oz in 45 minutes.)
First we cleansed the skin with a witch hazel spray. This helps clean the skin and keeps the pores open so that nothing blocks the skin from absorbing the gel from the werap. Then she applied the wrap to my trouble spot and wrapped it securely with plastic wrap to help it stay in place. While we waited for the 45 minute timer to ring, I nursed Grant to sleep, and drank water while we talked. She mentioned that the wraps could be cut and used anywhere on the body. Popular places are things, arms, and special wraps are even used on the face.
It smelled minty and tingled like applying a muscle rub. The wrap was very thin and had a plastic type back to keep the cream from coming through to the back side. It did not look smooth like the pictures, but did the job just the same.
I looked through the pamphlets she brought and saw some pretty dramatic before and after pictures. Amy was up front with me and said those ladies used several wraps to achieve their results, each done 3 days apart and kept on for up to 8 hours. A 4 wrap value pack is sold for $60 which is $15 per wrap.
I should reveal that my air conditioner was broken in my home during this time and it was pretty warm in there. (Over 100 degrees outside for several days running.) The heat was helping me retain more water than usual. I asked Amy if the wrap worked by getting rid of excess water in the fat cells. She said, “No.” But that the inches lost were from toxin removal. My weight had been steady for over a week, despite my efforts at eating right and exercising. The heat was kicking my tail!
After the 45 minutes, we took measurements and photos. Then I reapplied the wrap for the rest of the afternoon. I used a lycra maternity belly band from Target to hold it on the second time. That was more comfortable for me than the plastic wrap. After 5 more hours, I was ready to be done. But it was REALLY hot in my house.
Amy had a fancy tape measure from the company that made sure you couldn’t measure incorrectly. The before and after 45 minute measurements were taken by her with the special tape measure. The after 1 day and after 3 day measurements were taken with my normal dressmaker’s tape. I wish I had thought to follow her measurements with my own tape so I could have a comparison with the same tape for all. Also she made lines on my back with a sharpie so we would be sure to measure in the exact same spot each time.
So here are my personal results:
Upper Waist before: 32.25″ After 45 minutes: 32″ After 1 day: 32.5″ After 3 days: 32″ Total lost 1/4 inch
Naval Before: 35″ After 45 minutes 34.5 After 1 day: 35.25 After 3 days: 34.25 Total Lost: 3/4 inch
Mommy Tummy (below waist) before: 37.5 After 45 minutes: 37.5 After 1 day: 36.5 After 3 days: 36.5 Total Lost: 1 inch
Total overall losses: 2 inches. Not too shabby.
And my pictures (before and after 45 minutes only):
My final thoughts: The wrap smelled great, had healthful ingredients, and did remove 2 inches in 3 days. My skin looked a tiny bit smoother, and I’m interested to see what a full 4 wrap program would do for my stretch marks. Would I use these wraps alone as a weight loss regime? No. A healthy diet and exercise are important for building muscle and for continued health–but I would use them along side a good fitness program. And to help the appearance of the skin. Amy noted the company does not promote only using the wraps for weight loss, etc. They state that maintaining a healthy lifestyle (ie. eating well, exercise, etc) is important or like any weight loss program, if you don’t make a lifestyle change, you won’t maintain any results. The wraps help give individuals a jump start or encouragement to continue to see results WHILE they continue on their way to a healthy way of life. The wraps helps to tighten, tone and firm areas that regular exercise may not (i.e. stretch marks, saggy/excess skin).
The company Amy represents also carries vitamins, powdered greens, face care products, defining gel and more. She can ship products anywhere in the US and can help you earn money for your family by selling your own wrap products (and getting a nice discount in the process.) She says: “I am really looking for distributors in US, Australia, Canada, UK, N. Ireland, Sweden, Holland, Scotland and Wales (those are the countries we are currently in). Readers can buy one from me for $30 (if in KC area, I can wrap them personally)….if not, we can arrange payment (like by Paypal) and I can mail it and send them youtube videos and info on how to do it.
You can reach Amy at (816) 813-7022, her personal email at email@example.com or through her website: http://amycastillo.myitworks.com