Saturday, February 12, 2011

Body Wraps For Weight Loss

Shedding pounds can be accomplished in a variety of ways, however one unorthodox method is gaining a little bit more traction when it comes to mainstream options. What I'm talking about is body wraps for weight loss.

Body wrapping is not a new technique - most recognize the ladies from the 18th and 19th century with tight corsets in order to tuck away the extra skin. But these women (and sometimes men) would take these limits to the extreme where they would pass out due to lack of oxygen, stemming from an overly constricted dress.

While I don't condone wrapping your body so tightly that you cannot breath, body wrapping with the right materials can help you look healthier and younger with minimal effort.

You see, your skin is a living organism. It grows each day as new cells replace old and worn out cells. This is good as your body stays in good shape, but if you don't do everything you can to remove the dead skin off, it may clog your pores and deteriorate your skin condition. This is where body wraps come in.

When you compress your body, you are doing a much greater job of insulating yourself and keeping your blood flowing throughout all of your extremities. If your focus is using body wraps for weight loss, be sure to pinpoint areas that have developed cellulite. Not only can you wrap your body in these cotton clothes, but its a good idea to also apply a vitamin and mineral rich gel or lotion that can better absorb into your skin to increase its effectiveness. The compression helps to push the cream into the deeper layers of your skin, while the increased blood flow and sweating from the body wrap will cause your pores to open, thereby increase absorption even more.

When applying a seaweed lotion or aloe vera gel, you want to allow it to fully penetrate your skin layers, so it's important not to shower or wash this off for a couple of hours. The longer the exposure, the more the cellulite areas will shrink and hopefully become reduced to the point where they are barely noticeable.

As with any supplement to losing weight, it's important to keep in mind that it's simply that - a supplement. Proper weight loss and living healthy cannot be simply attained by a single act or diet. It must be integrated into your daily lifestyle and regimen, so you can stay on the path to success without any large obstacles or barriers. If you approach weight loss with the mindset that you are going to make many small changes, you will see a much larger and cumulative effect.

So it's necessary to keep in mind that body wraps for weight loss are only meant to enhance a more developed healthy living plan. Stay hydrated as well as you can - try to drink 6-8 full glasses of water each day to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Also limit the amount of sodium, sugar and caffeine you eat or drink each day. When added to a nutritious eating plan, body wraps can greatly impact your overall weight loss goals!