Body Wraps Unwrapped: The Procedure

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio
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May 10-11, 2005

"I've lost 15 pounds but there is that subcutaneous fat that right under the skin and that's hard to lose," said Cynthia Littlejohn.

Cynthia Littlejohn and many other men and women that are just not satisfied with their bodies try the European Body Wrap. It's a procedure that promises to get rid your of cellulite and stretch marks, soften and tone skin, and make you lose 5 to 15 inches all over your body in only one hour. It sounds like a miracle solution, right?

With the help of Littlejohn and Regina Alpaugh from Weight Loss Forever we put the body wrap to the test. Alpaugh first measured Littlejohn before the wrap, marking the spots where she measured.

"We start with a dry brush scrub which helps stimulation the skin, the largest organ in the body, and then we do a cellulite rub with our miracle gel, rubbing it on the bad parts, the parts where people have cellulite and stretch marks. Then I use our body wraps," said Regina Alpaugh.

The elastic medical wraps that are soaked in Alpaugh's secret minerals are heated to 150 degrees and wrapped snuggly around Littlejohn. While enjoying the music Littlejohn soaks for one hour while letting the gel remove the waste products from her skin, something she says is her favorite.

"It's utterly painless and very relaxing," said Littlejohn.

After an hour has gone by Littlejohn is unwrapped and re-measured. The calculations are done and the results are in.

"You've lost 5.5 inches," said Alpaugh.

"Wow, that's good! Most of it was from my stomach and back where the fat is," said Littlejohn.

Alpaugh said her clients loses more inches after 24 hours so Littlejohn came in the next morning for measurements one more time. She lost 1.5 more inches over night. In total Littlejohn lost seven inches.

"I think it's healthy and it makes me feel better," said Littlejohn.

It may make her feel better but experts said it may not be so healthy.

Joseph Aloi, a doctor at UVA Medical Center disagrees with some of Littlejohn's findings. "Not that I can tell in my reading looking through I that you're actually could reliably remove any toxins," said Dr. Joseph Aloi.

He also believes this procedure is not healthy for everyone.

"If you're young and healthy the risks of this are small and I would look at this as a cosmetic procedure that's temporary. You're not ingesting anything, you're kind of shifting things around," said Dr. Aloi.

In between the skin and the fat are fluids, so Dr. Aloi said when someone has a body wrap all it's really doing is squeezing the skin and redistributing the fluids around to make you lose inches.

Therefore, Dr. Aloi warns people with diabetes or circulation problems to steer clear of the wrap.

"If you're constricting blood flow you run the risk of causing some damage to that skin--a break in the skin, infection problems, maybe an increasing of blood pressure, so I'd be a little leary about people looking at this and thinking 'what's the harm?'," said Dr. Aloi.

However, Regina Alpaugh of Weight Loss Forever said she hasn't had any problems with the wrap. In fact, she said she's only heard positive feedback from her clients.

"Loves it, everybody loves it," said Regina Alpaugh.

If you'd like more information on the Weight Loss Forever's body wrap you can contact them at: cville@wlf.com


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