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Express weight loss: does cling film help to melt extra pounds?
Workout productivity is sometimes judged by how much sweat is released while working in the gym. I spent a lot of energy - I sweated well, and vice versa, which is actually not entirely true. In order to warm up the body, a variety of manipulations are carried out, including wrapping with film and thermal fabrics. But are these procedures so effective and do they not harm the body?
Why do you need film wraps during training?
The cling film on the body creates a sauna effect. Usually problem areas are covered with it: abdomen, buttocks, arms and hips. Gas exchange on the surface of the skin is disrupted, the body heats up and produces more sweat to cool. The thermal belt works on the same principle, but is designed to work out one area, the waist. It practically does not hinder movement, it can be easily put on and fixed. The inner layer of the belt is made of a material that absorbs moisture, which avoids irritation on the skin.
One of the most popular misconceptions is that fat and toxins are eliminated from the body along with sweat. Therefore, body wraps are often done while exercising in the gym, wanting to get the most out of the workout. In fact, sweat is 98% to 99% water. Yes, it contains some harmful substances, for example: heavy metals, but their concentration is negligible. Most toxins are eliminated from the body by the kidneys and liver.
Wraps help get rid of fluid, but not fat. The cling film method is effective in reducing swelling, but not in the long term. Due to increased sweating, fluid leaves the body faster. However, she returns just as quickly, one has only to drink water. All the more, adipose tissue cannot be simply melted, and no gadgets can contribute to this. To burn it, you need to do special exercises and monitor your diet. If the manufacturer of the thermal belt promises quick weight loss without physical exertion, he is talking about weight loss due to fluid.
Body wraps are also often performed as a spa treatment. In this case, creams and natural masks with honey, clay and even pepper are applied under the film. It is believed to help get rid of cellulite. In fact, to make it less noticeable, you need to carry out complex therapy. In addition, too aggressive components of the mask can cause burns.
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An expert opinion: artificial warming up is unhealthy for weight loss
How safe are body wraps in the gym, says a top trainer of the World network Class Ekaterina Nekrasova .
Ekaterina: I am against thermal belts and films. This is not a solution to the problem. They are used only by professional athletes whowhen they need to urgently lose a few pounds before the competition. However, they do not drink water so that the weight does not return. This is an unhealthy approach, besides, it is a very heavy load on the heart and blood vessels.
There should be no local heating in the hall, because this is an artificial disposal of liquid. With the help of a thermal belt, it will go away faster, yes. But then it will return as soon as you drink water. Because the body does not generate heat by itself, but we additionally warm it up from the outside. I believe that there are no useful properties in this. If you play sports, sweat, the liquid will come out naturally.
To get rid of edema, you need to normalize food and drink enough water. Massages, sports and, again, nutrition help from cellulite. If edema and cellulite have entered a severe stage, then it is better to seek help from a doctor. Body wraps with special cream can be modeled if done in combination with massages. In this case, it is possible to work out the tissues and stimulate blood flow. If you just wrap yourself in plastic and lie down, there will be no effect.
The cling film method can be ineffective and even dangerous
Remember: warming up your body in the gym is risky. This is a colossal load on the cardiovascular system. In hot weather or in a stuffy room, it is better to completely abandon thermal fabrics to avoid overheating. It is also necessary to use cosmetics under the film with caution: check if you have any allergies, and keep on the skin no longer than the time specified in the instructions. It is also important to replenish water balance, otherwise you can lose too much fluid.
In addition, thermal wraps are strictly contraindicated in the following cases:
- renal, cardiac, pulmonary failure;
- gynecological diseases;
- skin diseases;
- diabetes mellitus;
- varicose veins;
- pregnancy and breastfeeding.