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Saran wrap anyone?

Before I go any further, here's a disclaimer: diet and exercise are what it's all about!

I'm interested in "unusual" weight loss approaches. I read about this one on another thread: Saran wrapping yourself before bed and wearing a sweat suit over the top.. goodness me!

Anybody know of any more bizarre tricks like this? I'd be interested to hear - I might be writing something about this, so anything anyone feels like sharing would be awesome.

[Don't try this at home, kids]

Thu. Jun 29, 3:39pm

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to the OP - I am assuming that this came from you on the other thread

"is it just me, or does anyone else think the saran wrap idea is really weird and not advisable? "

I suggested the saran wrap. I did say it was not a long term solution, but for a quick fix...... it does work.
Go look at any spa packages..... the ones that say the can guarantee that you will lose 10 inches with 4 sessions..... this is how they do it.

Hey.. but thanks for such an opened mind.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 3:53 PM

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actually it was i who posted the comment on the other thread, not the op of this one...

i just think that store bought saran wrap is probably not the same thing...

would you put mud from your yard on your face because they do that at spas?

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:07 PM

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I remember a friend buying those thick shorts that make you sweat as a weightloss method in the 80's. I don't think it worked, and she ditched them after a few weeks. But that always seemed like a strange weightloss method to me.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:09 PM

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whatever.... It does work. I have done it. If you are not going to be constructive. Don't post anything at all

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:10 PM

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well frankly, i do think it is constructive to offer one's experience with such ideas-whether they worked or not-in order to provide feedback for others who are trying to decide if they should try such things...

there are many differing opinions about the subject of weight loss on this site and i think all should be voiced-even if they disagree with you...

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:15 PM

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The saran wrap poster is right...they use a variation of it at spas. The poster asked for unusual methods and saran wrap was answered. Why do you keep judging it? It's what the op asked for.

another unusual one (or not so unusual, depending on who you are):


Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:16 PM

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to the 4:15 poster......It is ok to disagree if you have tried it.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:17 PM

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i had a friend who drank nothing but lemon-water with honey in it for about 10 days (yikes!!) and she lost a lot of weight...

i'd rather be heavy than dumb, though.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 8:39 AM

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The only thing saran-wrapping yourself does is cause you to lose water weight -which I guess would be fine if you had a particular event you wanted to look thinner for. But you'd gain it all back in a few days.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 8:51 AM

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All of these quick fixes are short-term. You can't keep weight off unless you take it off slowly and make permanent changes to your diet and exercise.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 10:06 AM

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We were having fun, here, talking about off the wall weight loss strategies. NOt long term, totally weird/unconventional ones. Lighten up.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 10:26 AM

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i don't think this topic is appropriate for a site that is encouraging healthy, supported weight loss strageties...i know it's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and in good fun, but this thread could put some really bad ideas into vulnerable peoples' minds...just a thought.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 10:30 AM

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i own a salon and you can use regular saran wrap for the treatments and it works just the same and YES it does work for a quick water loss/inches loss trick!

Friday, June 30, 2006, 10:53 AM

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God lighten up people. If it scares you to talk about saran wrap to lose weight SHORT TERM then don't read this thread.
I think it's interesting but it doesn't mean I am going to saran wrap myself every night....

Friday, June 30, 2006, 11:32 AM

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I agree, people need to lighten up. Did you not notice that the OP said "diet and exercise are what it's all about!"
Is it also inappropriate to discuss the icecream I ate last night because it might "put some really bad ideas into vulnerable peoples' minds"? Hmmm...which is more tempting, saran wrap or ice cream?!
RELAX before you give yourself ulcers!

Friday, June 30, 2006, 2:11 PM

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i just think a thread with really bad ideas, just for the purpose of satisfying curiosity, might not be very helpful. people won't know the content of the thread by its name. good for you that you don't respect that.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 2:26 PM

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Your opinion might be that it's a bad idea but other people might not feel the same way as you do. You are not put in physical danger when you go to a salon and get a wrap, I'm sorry.

Like the OP said, it's all about diet and exercise but if someone was looking for a SHORT TERM SOLUTION (like fitting into a dress that was way too small because of a mistake) this could help. Bottom line.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 3:46 PM

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Speaking of fitting into tight dresses: I love those uber tight pants and bodysuits that take off inches by squeezing your butt and tummy till you can barely breathe!
Another fave? The dieters tea (aka Smooth Move), well you got the idea ;)

Friday, June 30, 2006, 4:27 PM

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I was the person who said it was a quick fix

and I don't need to lighten up. I was getting it out there because if somebody is coming on this thread and seeing these as viable options, it's not ok. go ahead and talk about silly ways to lose weight fast but it's not a bad thing to put out a reminder that these are not healthy, long term fixes.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 5:04 PM

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To the 5:04 poster

I am the poster who recommended the Saran Wrap to begin with. I specifically said it was only a quick fix, not a long term solution.

You want to talk about viable options? Why don't you go check out the threads where they are discussing pro's and cons about diet pills. Hop on their threads and let them know how irresponsible they are and yada yada yada.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 5:21 PM

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stop arguing! what a ridiculous waste of enregy on both sides ... with all the horrible things going on in the world to worry about people wrapping themselves in saran wrap seems absurd.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 8:09 PM

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This is ridiculous ladies. The people who think this is a bad thread why do you keep coming back to follow up on what others have to say? If you don't like it don't keep coming back. Oh, just an FYI, dieters tea and smooth move are actually two different teas. They share some of the same herbs but not all. A fast for 5 days of nothing but water and broth would make most lose about 6 pounds, but be aware that you shouldn't exercise and should not be driving. But again its mostly water weight and once you start eating you do gain back about 3-4 pounds.

Friday, June 30, 2006, 9:52 PM

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Like Oh My Gawd! Fer Sure!

I totally remember doing this in the 80s! I think the moment we drank a glass of water it was over, but I agree with the gal who pointed out about spa packages, it is used to sweat out impurities.

Sunday, July 02, 2006, 9:41 AM

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The lemon water diet is also a detox thing, weight loss is just a side effect. Google "Master Cleanse" to find out about it but don't look at the pictures in the forum if you don't have a strong stomach. (you can't un-see it) ;)

Sunday, July 02, 2006, 5:35 PM

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Unusual Diets for the Author

Laugh & Lose Weight -- The Laughing Diet claims that 100 to 200 times per day is the cardiovascular equivalent of rowing for 10 minutes.

Walk Your Dog & Lose Weight -- It's been proven that dog walking is more effective than dieting. Who knew there'd be a Dog Walking Diet?!

Eat 3 Apples A Day & Lose Weight -- When contestants (346 people lost 6,126 pounds in 12 weeks) lost an average of 20 lbs. of fat, significantly more than in previous contests, and the only change was the apples.

-- The Reverse Diet has you reversing the order of what you eat: a heavy dinner for breakfast, regular meal for lunch, then a light breakfast for dinner.

Drink Coffee & Lose Weight - The Coffee Diet consists of drinking coffee, as much as possible, as often as possible. One cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine. After drinking a cup, a person's resting metabolic rate increases by as much as 10%. For those unused to drinking coffee, the rise can be even larger.

The Toddler Diet--"Eat 2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take 1 bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face."

-- According to the Beer & Ice Cream Diet, if you eat a very cold dessert (generally consisting of water in large part), the natural processes which raise the consumed dessert to body temperature during the digestive cycle literally sucks the calories out of the only available source: your body fat.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 4:18 PM

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holy macaroni!! I have been around this site too long and I still love it. I was the original poster who recommended the saran wrap June 29, 2006. How did this come back to life..........

I am still struggling with weightloss, but you know what I just did??? Did 25 minutes on the treadmill with saran wrap around my belly (that is my troubled area). Do I lose a ton? NO, but it does someone shrink, and it gives me the uplift and motivation I need............ Plus, I look better!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 6:19 PM

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so skinny this morning

can someone please come and unwrap me? im having trouble typing...

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:37 AM

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Saran wrap

Well I have done it more than a few times. But I wrap it around my waist under my gym clothes and then I do an hour of cardio. And man my clothes get wet from sweating so much around my waist. It has helped me get my waist smaller a little faster. But I diet and excercise 4 to 5 times a week. Then I go in the dry sauna for 10 to 15 minutes after my workout and wow...... Clothes are wet. You must drink lots of water though. Water is a major key. No soda or alcohol and things of that nature.
Good luck, remember motivation and will are the key to success......

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 1:26 PM

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I'm curious if you skin has suffered from the time and sweating under the plastic?

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 3:37 PM

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The Toddler Diet!!! I Love it! Oh my thank you whoever posted that.
That made my day!!!!


Saturday, June 28, 2008, 3:59 PM

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No my skin has not suffered and I take a shower ALWAYS after a workout.

Monday, July 07, 2008, 10:29 AM

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I just want an opportunity to say that people really need to think about things before they post them. I run into the same issues on mothers support online groups. People think they can say whatever they want without hurting someone's feelings. It's like the internet gives them an excuse to be mean because they dont have to meet anyone in person. While this saran wrap thing may sound obsurd to some people, it may sound intriguing to others. I have never used saran wrap, but I have gone to a salon that did these sorts of wraps and have had one done. If you are retaining water because of your 'monthly' and need to fit into a certain outfit, this is a Godsend.

As far as weird diets. I have heard of one that said eat nothing but hard boiled eggs for 3 days straight... can you imagine the health risks of that, not to mention the smell of your house, and yourself!

Monday, July 07, 2008, 10:47 AM

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Im a dancer......

This is helpful to loose weight you body sweats and although most of it is water weight some of it is chemicals and toxins your body doesnt need.

Also it helps keeps your muscles warm and myself being a dance every night i wrap myself in it from boobs to knees(each leg seperatelly)to keep my splits down and loose weight although the weight loose isn't great it is a 1/2 pound or so a week but rememer to drink alot of extra water so u dont get dehydrated you might be a liittle bloated form the first fews days then you start sheading thw eight so be patient and also skip one night a week to let your skin get extra weight off wrap yourself right aftera nice warm shower.

hope this helped its not as stupid as an idea as it seems

Thursday, April 02, 2009, 10:48 PM

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Anyone fancy a go at this one?

Friday, April 03, 2009, 4:57 AM

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Love it 4:57!

But as I'm credit crunched, I think I'll just stick to the "Ham, Spam & Jam Flan" for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! I'll report my success after my 5th day!

Friday, April 03, 2009, 5:41 AM

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I guess it makes sense, I have heard of spa wraps. It's possible. Sounds uncomfortable. Someone from my neighborhood, would wrap her legs and walk. That was her exercise. I think she was brave to walk around the neighborhood with her legs wrapped in saran wrap. She had shorts on.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 8:36 AM

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8:36 - THAT is hilarious.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 11:14 AM

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I've worn neoprene shorts and a neophrene waist belt while I walked and it really makes you sweat in those areas. I drink plenty of water while walking and still lose weight. Yes, it is water weight loss through sweat but I also think that through the sweating you are releasing toxins from your body.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 3:24 PM

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I used to be married to a competitive fighter. He would often wrap himself in plastic and work out like a madman before a fight. It is a common practice with fighters to put them in lower weight class.

Friday, April 03, 2009, 6:21 PM

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The real factors

All it does is make you sweat and lose water weight. Sweating too much can lead to dehydration which is dangerous as the sweat does not dry, but stays on the body, raising body temperature possibly to unsafe levels. Profuse sweating also leads to changes in blood chemistry, reducing blood volume and sending less oxygen to the cells. Weakness, dizziness, confusion, coma and even death can result because of excessive fluid loss. If you are having a body wrap at a spa, your attendant may not be qualified to deal with any of these reactions.The dangers of wrapping your stomach in plastic are not limited to sweating alone. Cling wrap used for wrapping the stomach is made from Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been described as one of the most dangerous consumer products. It leaches harmful substances which have been linked to negative effects on the liver, spleen, kidneys, bone formation and body weight. PVC is also linked to cancer.Some wraps are dipped in mineral products, some of which may contain aluminum, which is linked to Alzheimer's. In addition, you may be allergic to some of the ingredients used in the wrap.Plastic wraps do not help you burn fat. All you lose is water weight, which comes right back when you rehydrate your body. You must consider your health as well as the cost factor.

Sunday, December 25, 2011, 12:09 AM

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This is an unusual and seldom remembered weight loss technique that is remarkably effective: eat less.

Sunday, December 25, 2011, 9:13 AM

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Saran Wrap and Preparation H

We used this as a cellulite treatment in college, slathering ourselves in Preperation H and wrapping our thighs in Saran Wrap for a week before a trip to the beach. I don't think it worked (my cellulite was imaginary at that age) and my bf finding my hemerrhoid ointment was pretty awkward. Yipes!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 2:42 PM

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