Fat that accumulates around your abdomen isn't like other kinds of fat on your body. Excess abdominal fat, according to Harvard Medical School, increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. Many methods are available to help you lose belly fat, including stomach wraps. There are several different kinds of stomach wraps including plain plastic wrap and herbal wraps. The wrap is placed around your midsection and, depending on the kind you are using, causes fat to be released from your abdominal area and detoxifies your body. Regardless of the type of stomach wrap you choose, there are some fundamental tips that can help you lose weight.
Fit the stomach wrap around your abdomen, making sure it's snug but not tight. Cover the wrap by wearing a loose-fitting T-shirt and workout pants or shorts that are a size bigger to accommodate the additional padding. You want to be comfortable when wearing a stomach wrap, but you also don't want it to fall off when you are exercising. If the stomach wrap you make or purchase appears to fit too loosely, wrap an elastic bandage over it to hold it in place.
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Engage in at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day, while wearing the stomach wrap. In part, the way a stomach wrap works is by enhancing the results of exercise. Physical activity is also essential for good cardiovascular health, can help lower cholesterol and can reduce your risk of diabetes. The stomach wrap can help you sweat off more calories by increasing your body's temperature. This causes a rise in your metabolic rate, so you burn fat faster.
Use an herbal stomach wrap to detoxify your body at the end of the day. Herbal stomach wraps come in a wide variety of recipes and you can also have one applied at your local spa. It's easy, however, to make your own stomach wrap using ingredients like sea salt, water, olive oil and seaweed clay. Use the recipe in the Resources section of this article and apply the wrap mixture over a soft cotton cloth or towel. Leave the wrap on for 45 minutes, then rinse off your body in the shower or bath.
Follow a healthy diet that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, beans, legumes and low-fat dairy products. A weight loss plan that includes a change in poor eating habits can also help you lose weight while using your stomach wrap. Complex carbohydrate foods like fruits and vegetables contain essential nutrients and dietary fiber, which helps fill your stomach so you consume fewer calories. This step is important for long-term weight loss maintenance that will also help reduce the risk of chronic, preventable illnesses.
Be realistic about your short- and long-term goals. The Mayo Clinic explains that rushing to lose weight often sets you up for abandoning a plan of healthy eating and exercise. Like any piece of equipment or food that helps you lose weight, the stomach wrap should be incorporated into a long-term plan. Aim to lose a pound or two each week, and stick to your regimen of healthy eating, exercise and regular use of your stomach wrap.
Check with your doctor before making dietary changes, changing your level of activity, or adding a weight loss aid such as a stomach wrap.