Image: @almavirginiazepeda. The worrying weight loss trend involving cling wrap you need to steer clear of.
10 out of 10 times, these fads turn out to be exactly that – a waste of money that doesn’t deliver what is promised and is more likely to damage your health than improve it. This is one of them.
Scroll through Instagram and you’ll come across hundred of accounts promoting at-home ‘body wraps’ – mummy-looking bandage strips “infused with a powerful, botanically based formula” that promise to instantly shed inches off your waistline, bum and thighs.
Instructions advise to apply to your chosen area, secure with glad wrap and leave on for 45 minutes.
Big claims, but cloths soaked in herbal extracts and minerals sound harmless enough, right?
Dr Victor Herbert told ABC News that any weight loss that results from these body wraps are temporary, because it is just water loss.
"Be six to 20 inches slimmer today by dehydrating yourself? Sure. And you can also kill yourself... because you can throw somebody into what we call hypovolemic shock. That's low blood volume shock by dehydrating you."
"Anything that dehydrates the body is obviously dangerous," agrees Dr Sam Hay. "We're 85 per cent water - we need it!"
As for the other claims? "An absolute crock of shit," says Dr Hay.
"The wraps claim to work thanks to ingredients that 'soak in' and dissolve fat. It's an impossible claim - it does not happen," he says.
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"We know creams with similar ingredients can moisturise and make skin look better, so it might have a temporary cosmetic effect, but it cannot be absorbed to dissolve fat. It's preposterous".
Even if you're looking for a quick fix (which we do not recommend) Dr Hay warns some people should stay well, well away.
"For anyone who has sensitive skin like eczema, skin diseases or problems with circulation like diabetes, I would not advise wrapping your body tightly in anything like this," he says.