How to Lose Belly Fat with Saran Wrap: Tips and Side Effects

First Things First: A Disclaimer

If you choose to try this out, please do so at your own risk.

Please note that the advice contained in this article is for informational purposes only, and I am not a medical or health professional. While the below stomach wrap method that I'm about to discuss did work for me and my wife, this may not apply for everyone. There may or may not be special medical conditions or problems that may occur for you, and it is always advised that you consult a doctor if you ever have any concerns. I've included some of the potential side effects that may vary from common to rare.

My Weight Loss Story

Do you want to lose your belly fat quickly and for cheap? The stomach wrap method may work for you. Here's my story:

It started when my wife and I were going about during a normal evening — I was writing some stuff online and surfing the Internet while she was watching reality TV when an infomercial caught our attention. This one was for a weight loss product.

Some background information: both my wife and I have been working out for about three months now. We have both successfully lost over 20 pounds each. However, the one thing that seems to be kicking our ass is the belly fat. We can't seem to lose it all, despite having lost a lot of weight. We had changed our lifestyles completely, and went from no exercise at all to exercising several times a week and eating 100% better than we used to. I'm certain that this is of course a big part of the equation, and even if your'e looking to quickly lose the belly fat, this is something to take into consideration as well that an old fashioned plan of diet and exercise may be your answer as well.

Back to the infomercial. It was for a product called the "Tummy Tuck Belt." The infomercial claimed that if you rub this cream on your stomach and then wear their product (a belt) twice a day for ten minutes per session, then your belly fat will melt away. This is what first inspired me to perform some more research on this supposed magical cream and wrapping your stomach to lose belly fat. I finally did find something for us to lose the remaining belly fat we had!

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What I used for my stomach wrap to lose the belly fat
  • Instructions on how to wrap your belly
  • Potential side effects and risks
  • Some general weight loss tips

Stomach Wrapping at Home: What You'll Need

Icy Hot is a common heat patch brand.
Icy Hot is a common heat patch brand.

I was wondering: Has someone come up with a secret cream that burns fat? This is unlikely, so what could it be? I turned to the Internet and did some research on how this theory works. It seems that by increasing blood flow and confining in the body heat to the affected part of your stomach, the fat tissue in that area is then burned up. Please note, again, that I am not a professional — this is just what I read.

Anyway, as far as I could tell, there are only a few things that can be used with the skin this way while managing to be safe. The one that kept turning up in my results was a Menthol heat patch, which you can find at virtually any drug store.

So, to try this method out, you'll need:

  • A pack of Menthol heat patches (Icy Hot and Bengay are two common brands that you may run across), and
  • a roll of plastic saran wrap.

Stomach Wrap Instructions

The actual stomach wrapping part is simple. Here are instructions:

  1. Take one of the cold heat pats and place it directly onto your belly.
  2. Wrap one or two layers of saran wrap around your stomach.
  3. Keep it wrapped for about 30-45 minutes.
  4. Do this for 3-4 days and you should start to notice results.

My wife and I both did this for four days and lost around three inches each, so it has worked for us.

Potential Side Effects

Dehydration is a potential side effect to stomach wrapping — make sure you always drink plenty of water in general, as well.
Dehydration is a potential side effect to stomach wrapping — make sure you always drink plenty of water in general, as well.

While my wife and I did not personally experience any side effects, this doesn't mean that this act doesn't come with any. In fact, there have been many various side effects reported. Please make sure you adequately research this before you attempt it. Here are three common concerns:

  1. Temporary weight loss only. The weight you lose may be mostly water weight, in which case it would be very temporary. The best way to keep off weight for the long haul is proper diet and exercise.
  2. Dehydration is dangerous. Excessive sweating, which will occur in this process, could lead to dehydration. Therefore, it's very important that you stay hydrated. Excessively unnecessary sweating can even lead to death if you don't hydrate in time or properly.
  3. Harmful substances. The saran wrap may contain chemical and synthetic substances that when pressed against your skin and into your body, could yield harmful results. There may even be substances that cause cancer (this is also a general note of caution that you should research what type of plastic wraps you purchase for your food storage needs).
  4. Other or no effects. A burning sensation may occur from the patch and the sweating when in the end you may not even see weight loss at all from doing this.

Please see the comments below for other possible side effects that others have experienced, as well.

General Weight Loss Tips

As mentioned, the best way to lose weight the healthy way and to keep it off is a proper diet and fitness regime. While this may not sound as easy or efficient as the plastic wrap method, it is healthy and proven — you just need to set your mind to it, commit, and the pounds will come off! Here are some general tips:

  • Eat healthier. This means more fruits and vegetables in place of fat or sugary snacks. Nuts, fish, and eggs, and other healthy proteins are great in small portions throughout the day to keep you energized and full, without tacking on too many calories or carbs.
  • Set a structured workout schedule. Start off by adding baby steps to your life. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and going for a nightly walk after dinner. Then, look into running or type of structured workout where you can be held accountable (a gym membership, a fitness program that runs on a schedule, dance classes, a personal trainer, or have a friend commit to running or exercising with you, and so forth).
  • Count your calories. The facts are facts and the more calories you burn, the more weight you'll lose. Of course, you need to pace yourself and be healthy about this. This means being diligent about keeping track of how much you generally consume and cutting that maybe by 50 calories a day to start, and then 100, 200 after that, and of course then keeping up with it. You can easily Google how many calories you need to lose or consume to get to your ideal weight.
  • Don't operate in extremes. Don't just think that you'll stop eating all junk food and sweets and that you'll start working out every day all of a sudden with no problem. You'll burn out or experience detox if you don't take healthy steps to get there. So, instead of cutting out all sweets, start by telling yourself you'll only have one piece of candy a day, and then make that a week, and then maybe cut it out completely. The same goes for exercising, as mentioned in the point above.

Yoga is a great exercise for strengthening. It's also a great activity to do at home, with a friend, or in a class setting.
Yoga is a great exercise for strengthening. It's also a great activity to do at home, with a friend, or in a class setting.

Good Luck!

There you have it, for what it is worth. If you try this idea please come back and leave a comment to share your experience with others on how it worked for you. Again, though, please keep in mind the possible side effects, always consult a doctor, and strive for a healthy diet and weight loss regime.

As always, thanks for taking time to read my article! Good luck to you in your health journey.

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hoilistictouch 3 months ago from Burleson, TX

I'm a certified aromatherapist and I am certified to do body aromatherapy. Two things I would like to address.

1. Icy hot and the so called "pain creams" contain synthetic wintergreen which is EXTREMELY toxic to the body!!! Google "ice hot deaths".

2. I have made my own body wraps using high quality essential oils. I buy mine straight from the producer - not the grocery store or internet from third party brokers. This body wrap is good for releasing and relaxing, detoxing and immune boosting.

I used 12 drops grapefruit, 6 drops geranium and 3 drop cedarwood EO. In a small spray bottle add the oils and fill with distilled water. Apply a small amount of carrier oil to the body to prevent skin irritation. Spray a towel or light piece of cotton cloth with thee mixture, wrap around the body, THEN saran wrap the towel (You do not want the saran wrap to touch the body!!) Leave on the body for 20 minutes. Disclaimer - I'm not doctoring, treating or diagnosing. I want you to be safe - use safe products.

I use pain creams and oils in my aromatherapy sessions daily. There ARE safe alternatives!!

Michelle 4 months ago

I use trash bags. Cut holes for head and arms and a second cut holes for legs. Then i put on form fitting clothes. The best thing is no rolling up like saran wrap.

Rhoda Blackburn 5 months ago

Hey, Thanks for sharing these details.

Kayla 7 months ago

Can you use regular icy hot instead of the patches?

Ebml 7 months ago

Stated QWL and Im going to try this with coconut oil, vaseline and sleep in it...

Melissa 12 months ago

I started using the suran wrap with the tummy tuck cream, seems to be working slowly but surely. I sleep with this on but dont wake up sweaty. Im also including the garcinia cambogia pill innthe morning and detox pill at night, see what happens!!

idilla 13 months ago

O yeah only excise I do is walk around house doing minor house work and I will do some light dancing, but today I only walked to kicthen and back to lay down. And I lost and inch, so imagine how much I will loose once I start dancing...

idilla 13 months ago

I have been using saran wrap with Vaseline, 2 hours so far, while drinking water 2, 10 oz bottles. I checked just a few minutes ago, sweating under wrap.I begin with 42 inch waist two hours ago now my waist is 41 inches and my stomach has went down. I had a egg burrito for breakfast/brunch..I actually a a cookie this morning with 10 oz of water. I am going to have spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner. And raisen for snack before bed. After. My bath I going to Vaseline stomach and back reapply seran wrap.

Michelle 13 months ago

I just heard about this from a friend that just started saling it I'm super stoked to get started I'm really hoping it works...

Dimples 14 months ago

I started yr ago..Once I lost the belly fat, I start back to all u can eat buffets n put belly fat right back on...saran by itself does the job..going start bk wrappings n start just eating healthy..Saran really works, especially doing work around house on just going for a brief walk.

clarissa 14 months ago

Do we use this while working out, during the day or while asleep???? Help!!!! Help!!!! Please

Zia 14 months ago

I was having this idea of applying vicks and exercise belt to sweat more on belly area.. Happy to see that you guys are also thinking on same lines.. I will try it tomorrow and will post my results as well.

Teesa G 15 months ago

You can try using a scrub which consist of one part oil two parts sugar and a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Scub with the mixture and rinse off then apply hemorrid cream and saran wrap and heat. If you can stand to sleep in it thats better

annie 16 months ago

Im trying it desperate after baby 4 and lost all my weight everywhere but on my belly i look like a umpa lumpa so im just wrapping no icy hot that seems like to much lol

kiki 17 months ago

The first day I used it lost one inch one week later lost 5 works if your willing to try.please please whatever you do don't put it on right after you take a bath wait 20 minutes or it will burn like hell lol !!!! I thank the man so much who thought of this I'm 40 and fine

bree 18 months ago

Can you sleep with just seran wrap on your stomach or will it hurt you

Lety 18 months ago

I tried this but I used it with my waist trimmer belt instead of saran wrap and used it with ice hot patches and it worked as well boy u start sweating a lot when u workout and yes I lost a couple of inches in just 1 week. But i do it every day n wear it over night too. So I'm gonna continue to do it for a month. So yes it does work! And very cheap to do.

Aly 18 months ago

Also the more water you drink while doing this the more you flush out and also helps tighten your skin.

Stephanie 19 months ago

I did this faithfully and it did NOTHING!

Jillian 20 months ago

A couple weeks ago I thought I'd try wrapping my tummy with Saran Wrap (I thought I was the first to think of this) to try and lose a couple inches. I haven't seen any results but also haven't been consistent with wrapping either. I'm so glad I came across this page! Thank you all for sharing your experiences and giving hope to us that are just now begin the process. I will definitely save this site to read everyone's progress.

dee 20 months ago

So how much could u lose if u see wear it 8 hours a day for 30 days

bernice 20 months ago

It really works....I wear to work and I have to change it .....then when I get off work I take it off but drink water.......I just start putting vitamin e oil on my stomach then wrap....I walk, work in it and do work around the house .......I didn't use no heating pad but I did buy a sweat suit or I got a big garage bag put it on but when I was walking I had a bottles of water....the more activity u do the better but drink drink plenty of water...............I have been drinking mother apple cider vinegar to.......It's helps u all over in and the outside of your body ........I drink it about three times a day with orange juice but I do this every other day ......You got to put forth on your on journey ......It's love it and I feel good and my stomach is getting smaller .....Leave those pops alone .......I have limit myself to two 10 oz. Mountain dew .....But keep drinking apple cider and water u will feel good and notice the belly going away

amber 20 months ago

Its just water weight thats being lost.

Frist time mommy 20 months ago

What all do u do tell me ice hot on my belly an ther wrap thing u put on it to no go ever were

Taraaa 21 months ago

Anything with Saran wrap works! Lol because Saran wrap alone works great.. So I don't really see why other stuff should be added :)

RachelBaybee 21 months ago

it does works but i just put vicks and ten i put the wrap

Ashley 22 months ago

I's this just water weight we gone shred ?

Karla 23 months ago

I just start today but i put nivea firming & tonning gel and wrapped my belly with saran wrap hope that works

chel 23 months ago

I just use saran wrap when i am on the treadmill and vicks rub with a heating pad when I sleep and it is working!! My stretch marks are also fading!!

Full time mom 2 years ago

This does work I have tried saran wrap. I have 8 children and everytime I give birth I'll go home and put saran wrap on and every time I have lost all of my baby fat weight. It has not failed me yet. but I usually wear all day I put it on in the morning after i shower of course and take it off before I take a shower at is absolutely true you see inches after the first wrap.

Dee 2 years ago

Started using just Saran Wrap tonight..excited to see if it works..will let you know..:)

Joneisy 2 years ago

I started using this amazing idea today in a few days I will be back to let you all know if this idea really work for me ... I'm so exited ...

Judi 2 years ago

I have tried with.menthol cream as well as with out the.cream while.wrapping... it does work great and.when.u saran wrap ur thighs and play a.dancing video game.or.even.exercise the.reults are.amazing. i highly recommend it

Alexandra 2 years ago

I used the saran wrap by itself and it works!! One day I tried it and wrapped my stomach around- tight enough, but not too tight cause I was still able to bend and do normal activities. I just kept wrapping my waist, until I no longer had to hold in my stomach and made sure I covered the whole area. When I took the wrap off, my stomach felt nice and tight as if I'd been working out the whole day. My stomach wasnt sticking out as much anymore and I didn't feel any discomfort afterwards. The only thing I didn't like is that it was noisy lol. I can't imagine wearing this to work and hearing squishing sounds all the time. Also, whatever area you wrap will sweat so just be aware. Another night I slept with it on, but it got a little discomforting, so I probably wont sleep with it on again. I'm gonna try it while jogging to see if I get better results... But People please be careful. Don't wrap your body too tight, drink water, and you don't need to use all those menthol creams etc... the saran wrap works well by itself!

If you have an event/party/beach to go to in a few days, then this would be great, because it will give you a slimmer appearance... but still continue with workouts and healthy eating.

Vicks Vapor Rub 2 years ago

the two ingredients eucalyptus and menthol...that may work and you can get the off brand

Car 2 years ago

The it works wrap doesn't work like they say but the Reuben and the Suran wrap does work I lost my thighs in a months time I was like 30 inch now I'm 20 something .. BUT U HAVE TO DRINK WATER

ce 2 years ago

I will be trying this today ,thanks

AG1 2 years ago

I used this about last night and to my surprise I measured and what do you know I lost 2 inches of my belly im skipping a day just to be safe will keep you posted on my progress 3 weeks from now!!!

Mo 2 years ago

Using it on my thighs right now and it burns but it's not that bad., can't wait to see results

sam 2 years ago

iv lost weight and still cant get my tummie to go away ,,, trying this right now i pray it works ,, how many times does this take to show results?

Angel soft 2 years ago

Iv started using this its only Ben two days!!! CNT wait to see my results a Week from now......

jess 2 years ago

So i am going to try this ive read all the comments and researched this and to many people have said this works so it cant be wrong

amy 2 years ago

OK I've spent a lot of $ on the tummy tuck it did nothing for me so I saw n read this page n I've been doing ur Duran wrap thing for bout three days now n its crazy but it actually works I've lost round 5 inches from my tummy . thanks for sharing ur page n ideas

Baby 2 years ago

I'm gonna try this today

How many times a day should I do this?

Aurora 2 years ago

I will be trying this today!! Fingers crossed!!! Hope it works!

Regina 2 years ago

Please keep my posted you guys im also going to try the lotion as well

disneytinkerbell 2 years ago

Ok so I started this morning ...I didn't use the icy hot or any type of menthol gel ...since I do have sensitive I used lotion instead..I used suave cocoa butter replenish for sensitive skin.. my dh wrapped me up and to secure the wrap in place I did use the ace bandages from of course the dollar store lol.. I also had a body shaper to have da xtra support.. and I kepted on for several hrs I want to say for 7-8 hrs..and let Me tell u my stomach was super lite and I made my dh measure me back to c if it work. And he wouldn't believe it cuz we was skeptical b4 starting but still trusting dat it could work..Everyone I lost an inch and a lil more off in just 8hrs..THIS DOES WORK!!! Try it ...I will keep posting my updates..

Quila 2 years ago

This is brilliant! There are a few different variations of doing though. I tend to use Aboline(got that from a boxer friend) and if I'm out just regular Vaseline. I apply it then wrap my stomach a few times with the saran wrap and go for my daily walk. I've been shedding the pounds at a rapid pace! Safe & Effective!

chyna 2 years ago

Today is my first day trying this but I'll let y'all no the outcome..

Regina 2 years ago

Im trying this tonight

becca 2 years ago

I am going to try both,i have to get rid of belly fat for heath reason.

layney 2 years ago

Try doing about 20 sit ups before applying the cream to self generate internal heat in the problem area. Afterwards, apply the menthol cream, suck in your stomach and apply the plastic wrap then place a body garment (belt) over it and go to bed! In the morning the plastic wrap will be soaking wet AND you will rushing to the toilet to urinate. The first time I did this, I believe TWO coworkers asked if I'd lost weight. Cost of products $5.00. The body wrap was about $2.00, plastic wrap $1.00 and menthol gel $1.00. Boom! There you go!

Kei 2 years ago

I wrap this around me tight and then I place my body garment over it so the wrap doesn't roll up....I hope I see results soon because I just started

York 2 years ago

Can You Use Vicks As Well?

apple 2 years ago

Can you use it all and wrap a hospital bad around it all

nga 2 years ago

it is a cheap way; take a shower; put hot oil (any) and wrap as a food wrap ; it is less 10 dollar; do not buy expensive wrap

Brianna 2 years ago

I am about to try this today hopefully it works FINGERS CROSSED!

tanya 2 years ago

Can u please tell me that afteri have reduced 5inches do i still need to continue it.?

If i stop using it after a while it wouldnt increase my belly fat again.??

guest 3 years ago

At-Home Slimming Body Wrap to Slim, Tighten & Detoxify

Author: Michelle Ebbin

Recipe type: Spa at Home – Body Treatment

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins


•(*double this recipe if you plan to wrap your whole body)

•1 cup Epsom salt (I like lavender-scented. Mineral salt works too.)

•½ cup Aloe Vera liquid

•Essential oils: juniper, lemon, vetiver, naiouli (3 drops eachs)

•Ace Bandages (1-2 bandages per body area)

•Plastic wrap

•Plastic squirt bottle


1.Boil 3 cups of water in large pot. Remove from heat.

2.Add 1 cup of Epsom salts. (I like lavender-scented salt. Mineral salt works too.).

3.When salt is dissolved add ½ cup aloe vera liquid.

4.Add 3 drops each of these detoxifying essential oils: juniper, lemon, vetiver, naiouli

5.Soak ace bandages in the warm solution and start wrapping immediately. The best place for this is your bathtub or shower. Begin with your problem areas. To wrap your entire body, ask a friend to help. The key is to wrap tightly (just don’t cut off your blood circulation) and keep the bandages wet.

6.Step #1. Choose the areas you want to wrap. I recommend starting with the stomach area and then wrapping the hips and legs. You can then wrap the rest of your body. Try to wrap as tightly as possible and tuck the bandages in so they don’t come loose.

7.Step #2. Take remaining solution left in the pot and pour it into a squirt bottle. Squirt more solution onto any areas that may feel like they are drying out.

8.Step #3. Once you’re wrapped, you can & should move around. To keep the solution from evaporating, try wrapping the bandaged area with plastic wrap (a secret I learned from a very slim & trim Japanese friend). DO NOT wrap your head or neck area. Move carefully for the next 50 minutes. Occasionally, squirt more of the solution onto the bandages.

9.Step #4. After 50 minutes, unwrap yourself and dry off. Allow the solution to remain on your skin for at least 8 hours (so wait to shower). The herbal scent is actually very nice. Drink lots of water for the next 24 hours. While you may be tired after the wrap, you should feel rejuvenated and more energetic the next day. You’ll see results after just one wrap, but if you do this wrap once every 10 days for 4-5 times you’ll see even better results. ENJOY YOUR DETOXED BODY!

Amber 3 years ago

I have been using EPSON SALT and OLIVE OIL in the suran wrap. It natural and has natual ingredients the body needs. The salt pulls the fat and toxins from the body and the oil helps to open the pores and keep the skin supple. Taking a hot shower before hand helps open up the pores. Drink plenty of water before and the 24 hours after. Has been working great for me. Many PROs use EPSON SALT and a HIGH QUALITY OIL - google it.

tasha 3 years ago

if i used hot ice or vicks viper with saran wrap will it works

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steph 3 years ago

So i just had a baby and my stomach is all flabby i now have a muffin top. Im going to start using the suran wrap to see if i see any good results. Do you have to exercise while having the suran wrap on?? Please help me i really need to loose this tummy of mines.

JessBaker 3 years ago

The saran wrap also holds your muscles taunt. After the first day, I felt like I had been doing crunches.

Holli 3 years ago

How bad is where u put the icyhot and wrapped suppose to burn? I tryed this last night and was up till 3 in the am burning and had to get in The shower just to stop the burnning for a while it hurt so bad. What else can I use to not make it burn so bad?

shan 3 years ago

Ran across this while researching this very issue, im looking to decrease the size of my upper arms, i am a fairly big lady and need to wear a long sleeve dress in a couple weeks and it is just way to tight around my upper arms, so im going to start this tonight and see if i can make a temporary size difference in my big flabby arms lol ... ill repost results

ashley 3 years ago

my friend told me to use vicks and fat burning pill crushed mixed together and then wrap it idk if I should??????

Klarisse 3 years ago

This worked so good for me! I kept it on for an hour and watched my favourite show. I used IcyHot patches and then wrapped away! I lost 2 inches off my stomach the first time

Sarah 3 years ago

Today was my first day it i kept it on for 6 hours with the menthol 5% it burned. My mom used it also on her arms and thighs so we both can feel the differences but will measure the weight after one week.

creswecj 3 years ago

will this work on other areas of your body, like upper arms and thighs?

Just here 3 years ago

I tried it this is my second night. Nothing but just the Saran Wrap. I wrap about 10pm sleep in it with a Polaris spring water bottle and take it off in the morning. I lost 1.5 inches the first night. Your body swells at night and your tempeture drops as well. It's working for me. Great advise. I didn't use the menthol or ice/heating patches because I've heard alot of precautions about that. Best if luck ladies and gents. Oh and I equate cellulite lotion in the morning (no wrapping) for firming. Haven't seen a result with that yet but the Saran Wrap is great.

PS can be messy because when u take it off its filled with sweat. Ewwwwwwww but it's worth the results.

john 3 years ago

I used this concept for two weeks without heat, just the saran wrap and ran about a mile or so while wearing it and its working

Michelle 1977 3 years ago

just go to walmart or kmart and buy a body corsage and a firming shirt, works wonders I lost over 90lbs just from wearing those 2 things everyday

Melissa cl 3 years ago

You can die from this... Look it up

crystal walker 3 years ago

My daughter came across this and we will be trying this shortly. Ill repost later with the results. *fingers crossed!

Michelle 1977 3 years ago

So in February 2012 I weighed almost 230 lbs now today I'm weighing in at around 145, I lost all that weight by wearing a body corsage and firming shirt under my clothes everyday and it worked awesome ladies and you can get them at your local Wal-Mart or Kmart. My problem now is that no matter how much I work out or whatever I can't seem to lose anymore weight so I went to Wal-Mart last night because I've been doing a lot of reading about these body wraps and also my mother who is overweight herself has recently started the "homemade" body wraps and she said she has lost 6in in 2 weeks by doing them. So I'm starting the vitamin E oil and farewell cellulite body wrap today and I will keep you posted on if it works or not. I will be wearing my body wrap under my firming shirt while I'm at work. Wish me luck!

leslie herrera 3 years ago

yesterday i tried for the first time the body wraps from "it works" and the ointment smelled a lot like menthol and had that icy hot feeling...and i was wrapped with plastic....maybe i should be trying this instead! wow excited to save $

rach 3 years ago

I tried prep h seran wrap and heating pad drinking lots of warm water and i sleep in it

Morgan 3 years ago

Correction: oil of wintergreen contains methyl salicylate, an active ingredient in many muscle rub creams, which can be toxic in high quantities. It is even in some labels that the product should not be used with a heating pad, as it can cause more of the product to get into your system. Applying it multiple times a day and wrapping the area would be a bad idea. Try to find an alternative product that does not contain that active ingredient. Looking at the "tummy tuck belt" cream, I did not see this specific ingredient listed, though there is another salicylate, sodium salicylate. I have not looked into the dangers of this. However, it is reported that the overuse of menthol heat rubs has caused overdose/toxicity and death. Please be careful when using these products in excess.

Morgan 3 years ago

Menthol salicilate can be toxic. It comes from oil of wintergreen. A 17 yr old girl actually died from applying a menthol cream to her legs daily, after running. Please use that with caution.

Jamie and Melani 3 years ago

I was wondering do you have to change the cool heating pad everyday or can you just reuse the same one everytime you decide to do this treatment, and I was wondering because I plan on doing this for awhile, and will it also help lose my muffin top?

Thankyou and Please respond as soon as possible

gmoney 3 years ago

do it tone you if you have already lost weight and need to tone it up

Lovelymeg 3 years ago

I sale body wraps and to the people who only try it one time and quite please give it a chance to work. One wrap is not always enough. I see this on a daily people expect a giant difference after one application. Consistency is the answer. If you would like to try my wraps go to or call at 214-907-6262 good luck ;)

steph 3 years ago

So i kinda want the rundown on how to do all of these different when to use them how long the kind of person that follows everything on the dot. Please or else i feel likr im doing it wrong

Nicole 3 years ago

I'm currently taking boot camp class MWF mornings and just started back doing Insanity in the afternoons. So far I’ve lost 13lbs and 2 inches in three months. My biggest issue is my stomach. I’m so glad I ran across this information today. As soon as I get off, I’m going to buy these items. I will use them today, before my Zumba class. Will keep y’all posted. Thanks for the posts!

Qweene 3 years ago

So I've heard all the remarks about wrapping. I'm doing it now. 1 hour a day.

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Cossie Conley 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

So I was reading everyone's response. My daughter has tried the It works at $20 each and you have to buy more than one and it did work for her. Luckily she didn't have a lot to loose off of her stomach. Me however, I have a lot. So I don't want to spend the money using that product. To loose what I will need to loose will probably cost me a lot of money to purchase those wraps. So I decided to try what has been suggested here. I wanted to try it right away so while reading this I got up to see what I might already have at home. I am using store brand VIC's with Saran wrap. It started off cold but I can feel it heating up. Which is fine, it is supposed to, but I can also feel me sweating. Which is also a good thing. I am drinking water as I am sitting here and I have the timer set for an hour. Might go longer. I tried the wraps at a salon a few years ago and I can feel this working like those did. Drink plenty of water. One lady said she was still feeling the burning the next because she did not shower it off. You must wash it off. Unfortunately with anything you have to do it more than once to see results. I am also going to try the cellulite cream and the cold//hot pack, but so far I can actually feel this working. Will post again in a week to update. Thanks for sharing!

Amber 3 years ago

Vane. Its equate farewell cellulite.

amber 3 years ago

Vane.. Any kind cellulite cream will do .. The place where i learned was using equate which is walmart off brand anti.cellulite cream.

lovely 3 years ago

google "albolene" challenge, it can be purchased at Walgreens or CVS ......use albolene cream and plastic wrap IT WORKS!!!

vane 3 years ago

What kind of cellulite cream?? And how many inches lost in how much time

Amber 3 years ago

So i heard you use cellulite cream and vitamin e oil rub about a tablespoon each together on the area than wrap tight but not too tight you can wear it for an hour or 8 hours basically as long as you feel like it drink plenty of water and it helps to sweat. So clean walj whatever be active. And hemroid cream works good for tightening.

vane 3 years ago

Any other secrets please do tell!!!!

vane 3 years ago

Ok so icy hot burns but it's tolerable just incase yall use it and get scared...first time!!!#fingerscrossed

Janie1389 3 years ago

Hi everyone. I recently got my order of it works wraps in the mail. And I tried my first wrap. It obviously didn't work for me! -_- big mistake! /: don't buy it. I'm trying this tho (: hope it works.

tiffany 3 years ago

did the inches and weight stay off or does it come right back when you stop the wraps because its all water weight.

Tyrena 3 years ago

I just looked this up,cause for the past two weeks I have been wanting to use plastic wrap around my stomach,but never got around to it. So tonight at work i told myself to google and see if people uses plastic wrap to lose belly fat, and I came across this. When I started reading your comments. I got up and started wrapping my belly with plastic wrap..hahahaha! I am so excited. My 4yr Anniversary is coming up and i want to look sexy for my honey. Thanks for this.

Nataly 3 years ago

I really want to do this but am kind of scared its going to burn, has anyone had that experince.

Chante 3 years ago

Defiantly gonna start tomorrow I will update you all with my progress.

julie C 3 years ago

Does it work on legs and arms too?

Mzyella32 3 years ago

Hi Erin2011 I was interested in knowing what were your results?!?

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eva 3 years ago

will definally try it :)

Jenny 3 years ago

I did this on my belly with ice packs and it worked - BUT now the skin needs to be tightened!!! What's worse fat or loose skin??

erin2011 3 years ago

I had my 3rd child 2 years ago. I have tried EVERYTHING to lose this weight but nothing has worked so I'm gonna try tis and I hope it works. I am going out after work to get the stuff to try this and I willpdate everyone on Monday about how it worked. Wish me luck.

josh 3 years ago

I picked up a heating pad, i figured it would be the same concept.. anyone else do it that way? and currently have it on, so i'll let you know how it goes!

Ash 3 years ago

Ok.. So I picked up Saran and aspercream yesterday, (menthol 10%) applied it to belly and wrapped myself. I knew it would heat up (as it did) I wasn't really keep track of how long I kept it on (was busy doing some light cleaning) it hadn't had to of been over an HR.. Or maybe... But I eventually took it off because the "heat" started to feel like a burn. I went to bed, didn't shower. Woke up with my stomach ON FIRE! Is this normal? My stomach is NOT red at all, feels like underneath is on fire.. For most parts it is bearable ... But sometimes I wanna bear hug a glacier. Will the heat subsided? How long will this last? Not even sure if I look smaller... I don't wanna move to be honest. Maybe I did this wrong?...have sensitive skin...I don't know. Either way.. My stomach is "feeling the burn" well after i took the Saran off...!!

Shanay 3 years ago

I started it yesterday with also doing a slight workout and i have lost 5lbs. Just using saran wrap!

Matt 3 years ago

Prep h and suran wrap works with 30 minutes sauna mon-fri

Kerry 27 3 years ago

I've heard lots of persons talk about the hot ice menthol gel and the saran wrap, they all said it works. I'll be starting mine tomorrow but instead of drinking plain water I'm l am goin to use 2tlb spoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water

Lish- 3 years ago

Will the icyhot and/or hemroid cream work? The cream for tightening and the icyhot in place of the menthol pad?

Ash 3 years ago

Where can I find this "menthol" stuff? I'm assuming a drug store? When I think menthol, I think Vicks Vapor, or IcyHot. Are those safe as well? Coz they start off cool, and then turn warm/hot. Will those be just as good? I have a stubborn belly fat and my dire wish is to make my tummy smaller...! Does anyone stomach look smaller? More toned? Thanks to the author for revealing this best kept secret!

Tia 3 years ago

Will try I need to loses about 4 inches

kameron 3 years ago

Ok im convinced!! Im going to start tonight.. Cold heat pads + seran wrap= inches and belly fat lost?? Why not try it, but im going to experiment in other areas and I will share my results.

Jackie Ayala 3 years ago

I'm going to do this....I am exhausted from this baby belly that doesn't go away fast. I will definitely be posting any updates.

turtleflie 3 years ago

im very skeptical but im trying it right now let u know how it works

missmoet 3 years ago

Yes this really works i just had a baby 3 weeks ago i use saran wrap only wear it for 3 hours n ive lost maybe 3 inches in 2 days

swayy 3 years ago

I used a menthol gel, it burns, but I can take it. I put the gel on then I wrap loosely with Saran wrap. I lost an inch the first day which was Saturday night. I am going to do it again today.

Milly 3 years ago

I will be trying this thanks a lot ill update on how it works :-)

caressaroberts 3 years ago

I am going to try this today, I hope it really works. how long are you wearing it for? and how long does it take to see results?

cherry 3 years ago

Is it supposed to burn?

kessie 3 years ago

I been using this for 6 days and its working great. I can feel the difference

Robin B 3 years ago

Sounds quite interesting to say the least....peer pressure is kicking in, I'm gonna have to try this ;-)

tip 3 years ago

Ive tried it after my 3rd chikd and ut works. . Ive onky use the serran wrap tho..

brianna 3 years ago

This sounds great. I think am gunna try this too. See how much results I see in a week

jhanelle 3 years ago

i am gonna try this too

mary 3 years ago

I just started using this (april 6, 2013). So lets see it how it works I leave the saren wrap on for 6 hours a day and am drinking lots of water and going for a 30 minutes walk am just taking

Shiva 3 years ago


Can anyone tell me if the wrap has worked you? If so please say how long it took to lose weight and how much weight have you lost?


morgan 3 years ago

Do you NEED to have the menthonal heat pad?

Brittany 3 years ago

I do it and t works u can try hemiroid cream that tightens the skin :)

Tammy 3 years ago

Are we suppose to be sweating when its on? & How tight are we suppose to wrap it someone please answer

Mimi 3 years ago

Just started. I sure hope it works. I'll weigh myself once a week. With dance practice, I should see results.

nandrea 3 years ago

I'm going to be starting this first thing in the am, I've been counting calories and doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred so hopefully this will help!!

Mrs.Smith 3 years ago

Can you wear it and lose weight without working out just by going to work everyday ? With out using the heat pad just saran wrap....?

Kelsey 3 years ago

If someone try's it on their thighs can they tell me, because I can definitely use some help there. I diet and exercise constantly but I need something to give my body a little more of a push in the right direction! Thanks to you, I may have it!

Gracie 3 years ago

i am going to try this! I wanna be ready for bikini season. do u think it would also work on thighs??? ill tell ya how things go! thanks for the tip

chelsie 3 years ago

does it have to be that exact menthol?

candace 3 years ago

i have been trying this with a heating pad you plug in and a regular cover and doing it at night while I fall asleep. I think of it as bacon in a frying pan you heat it up and the fat melts but you also have to do something for the fat to flush away like drink water and walk around or a moderate workout!

ki 3 years ago

Do u have to work out with it on!?

melissa 3 years ago

I am for sure doing this. I had a baby six months ago csection an can't seem to tone my stomach. I checked out the tummy wraps on but 99 dollars for 4 wraps seemed extreme so 20 bucks to do this sound like a steal ill give it a shot and report back. Thanls

Nikki 3 years ago

Im about to try this I hav heard a lot of people talk about serran wrap

Jan 3 years ago

Do you do this every day or once a week

b. 3 years ago

Can you use the gel form instead of the patch?

borntobethick 3 years ago

Yes it do work. I wrapp my stomach every day with clear wrap and I leave mines on for about five hours aday and weigh my self once a week. You can see the pounds shead and I started Dec 27 2012.

Samatha leigh 3 years ago

This is very true and should work. At my tanning salon there is something similar to this. Im only sixteen but i just heard people talk about it. What it is;is you go in this room and before you start your session you drink one whole bottle of water. The. Your spray the "special spray" on your body for the sauna jacket thing to work. And then you wrap your self in a the jacket thing. And lay down for 1 hour while this jacket robe thing is working and drink more water when your done. It helps no be dehydrated. And i will be trying your idea so i wont be spending 100 dollars a session at the salon lol. Thanks alot for this idea!!

Pari 3 years ago

Can u wear this and workout at the same time?

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bmcoll3278 3 years ago from Longmont, Colorado Author

Sorry I have been away from the internet for a wile. The pad I used is a cold heat so it feels cold at first then feels hot as you wear it a wile.

Rhonda 3 years ago

This does work ! without that heat pad the sweat just makes the fat roll off. An cheaper version than paying for that other thing on tv. Also those belts do work you can buy at most stores it is like a rubber material with Velcro closure. I had one but gave it too my daughter an those really sweat the fat off too. I think they are in with the weights an work out equipment in stores I don't remember the name of them. But you can get them in shorts or just a belt. They do work if you use them daily an work better when you work out even.

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MooMyuu 3 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee USA

I am definitely going to try this. I am losing weight myself. I was 209 lbs on Oct 12th and now I am 187 lbs (Dec 6th) but I seem to be plateauing even though I exercise about 2-3 hours a day after being on my feet all day at a daycare. My food intake is much healthier than it used to be and I'm careful to not consume more than 1500 calories a day. I am definitely going to try this seran wrap idea. My tummy won't come off T^T

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kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You said you apply a cold heat pad on your belly and wrap with Saran wrap. Do you activate the heat pad, or leave it cold?

steph 3 years ago

Do u need to also work out with this

sumayyah 4 years ago

do u use a hot or cold pad

Connie 4 years ago

What kind of heat pads work for the best?

Kirsten 4 years ago

I wrapped it around my stomach with ni heat pads or nothing and it still works and i have lost 17.8 pounds in just 2 weeks and i have it on for only a hour a day!

Venessa 4 years ago

What is the purpose of the plastic wrap? How tightly should it be wrapped? Please and thank you!

reka 4 years ago

I have used this before it really heworks

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