With two Christmas parties this past weekend, I found myself not wanting to do much on Sunday. It was nice to be able to just relax on the couch and catch up on some of my crazy reality TV shows 🙂 True story.
I found myself watching a new show called Courtney Loves Dallas on Bravo. This is a show about a fashion blogger who is balancing her blogging career as well as trying to find love. I found myself watching several episodes because I was interested in the blogging side of it all since that’s what I do as well!
The show was entertaining and was required zero thinking…that’s my kind of thing on Sundays! I was entertained until Courtney’s personal trainer told her she should lather herself up with HEMORRHOID cream and then wrap herself in saran wrap to lose some weight before her upcoming photo shoot.
My first reaction was “WHAT?!? Are you frickin’ kidding me?”
I wouldn’t have been that surprised if Courtney had come up with this little idea herself since a lot of women would try ANYTHING to drop a couple pounds. I think I was the most disappointed that this suggestion came from her personal trainer!
So I decided to do some research on this topic to see if this personal trainer’s suggestion was based on truth at all.
How to do a body wrap at home:
- Lather your stomach, legs & butt (any problem areas) with Prep H or another hemorrhoid cream.
- Wrap your body in saran wrap.
- Drink a LOT of water while the wrap is on.
- Remove after a night’s sleep or in 24 hours
Can you lose inches and tighten up your body by rubbing hemorrhoid cream on your body and then wrapping saran wrap around yourself?
Wow that sounded weird! I’m going to have to say that will be the one and only time I’ll ever type that sentence in my life 🙂
Let’s talk about the science behind the cream. Hemorrhoid cream is used for inflammation in the lower rectum/anus area caused by swollen veins. Preparation H is one popular brand and it contains astringents which help shrink swollen tissues. It is recommended to only use in the rectum area due to the type of tissues.
I have heard of Preparation H to be used under swollen eyes to reduce puffiness. I have never tried this, but I also never thought it was that crazy of an idea – so I guess it’s not too unlikely that people would think that you can tighten other areas of your body with the same approach. I guess I can see where Courtney’s trainer was going with this idea… Not that I agree with it at ALL though…
The reason body wraps are popular is because they cause water loss in your body. The saran wrap helps you lose water weight temporarily but the results will NOT last. As soon as you start drinking water and have a meal, the skin will rehydrate and return to where it was before the wrap treatment.The only reason you will be able to lose inches and KEEP IT OFF for more than a couple hours is by eating well and exercising often. There is no way to spot reduce and maintain the loss. In order to lose inches, you’ll have to shed body fat throughout your body.
Once again…I do NOT recommend doing this. Just go sweat it out at the gym!
Courtney admitted on her blog that she did NOT see or feel any changes after trying this.
Do you think it’s possible to lose weight from hemorrhoid cream? Have you ever tried a body wrap? If so, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it.