Slimming Belts, Slimming Wraps … whatever people like to call them. Have you tried using them before?
Personally I have experienced with them twice.
Because of the wedding
The first was when I was a gullible girl and signed up for a package with Marie France Bodyline back when I was 27 years old, thinking it will help me to be the most beautiful bride by shaving off some waistline (oh and thunder-thigh-line)!
That was my first encounter with experiencing slimming wraps. They claimed that it’s a special cold wrap that will help burn off some inches. Well, any sales talk work when they use the right words ya?
Turns out, after spending 4 digits, I didn’t see a significant reduction in waistline nor did the numbers on the scale reduce.
Because of the Hospital
The second experience was right after I delivered my twins. Honestly, I must had been one of the most ignorant and gullible pregnant woman ever. I didn’t even know about wraps until the Staff Nurse asked my husband to go get a waist band from the hospital pharmacy for me. She said it will help to tighten up the tummy and help in recovery.
I bet most women would have read up way earlier before delivery and researched on what wraps or programs have been tried and proven effective.
But I did not. So as ignorant as I was, I diligently put the white, stiff, elastic wrap around my tummy everyday for a at least 3 weeks.
Turns out, I still looked like I was 5 months pregnant after 3 weeks. And it was really uncomfortable. I gave up on it.
Oh!!! I almost forgot …… there was a 3rd encounter!
Because I had Twins!
Yes the jamu lady came and started working on my tummy area after 2 weeks (or was it 3 weeks? They don’t dare to do anything for your tummy if you had a C-section). And so I had the traditional jamu wrap that works like a corset wrapped tightly around me
3 times ….. what a load of rubbish!!!
Now let’s put it all together and examine why someone would pay thousands for something that doesn’t work (yes that was me)
- Lack of knowledge
This has to be the one TOP reason why anyone would pay thousands for stuff that don’t work. If I had the knowledge of how fat loss truly works, and how to get my postnatal tummy and hips back in a safe and reliable manner, I wouldn’t be spending thousands on stuff that don’t work. Who in the right mind would throw thousands of dollars in the drain?
- The power of sales and marketing
Google slimming, weight loss and fat loss. You will easily see all the slimming companies pop up first on the google search. Because hey they have a budget big enough to pay for google ads and make sure they “pop up” first to catch your attention. Back in the day when google was omni-present, they had an EVEN bigger budget for TV commercials, newspapers and magazines.
Yes that was the gullible me.
- Social and Cultural Influence
Ask every mum in Singapore if they paid for a traditional jamu massage for postnatal recovery. 9 out of 10 will say they did. Everyone does it. I better do it too. Otherwise I am not ‘doing it right’.
- Plain laziness
Those days, I still harboured thoughts of how wonderful it will be to shave off excess weight without having to sweat and work for it. Everybody loves to hear ideas that reinforce their bad habits.
“Oh you don’t need to work out so hard to get inches off.”
“The wrap will help your tummy to shrink”
Just tell me that one solution that will solve my problem without hard work and I’m sold.
I have since Grown Up!
Getting into the fitness industry and specializing in women’s fitness has truly reinforced how ignorant I was and how easily influenced most women like myself can be. And all because the big budget slimming industry was allowed big mindshare to inform our choices.
But here is the ULTIMATE reason why wraps and belts don’t work for helping us shed off those inches!
They don’t teach your body how to burn fats. Period.
Let’s face the ultimate inconvenient truth.
We only shed inches off and burn fats when our bodies ACTUALLY burn fats. Yes …. It’s all about biology, physiology, chemistry…. Whatever you want to call it.
It’s nothing to do with belts, wraps, infrared wraps, patented fat burning materials etc ….
Yes I do agree that a well- designed tummy wrap can assist in helping to heal diastasis (not all brands do that) and help support our pelvis after delivery. However, they do not help in shedding off the excess inches off your body. Because they simply have no hand in contributing to your body’s fat burning physiology.
How are Fats Burned?
Through pure hard work.
Ever heard of skinny fat? A person is skinny but can still house a high body fat percentage.
Whatever body shape we are, it’s the same when it comes to physiology. Our bodies only burn fats through metabolizing fats. The more active you get, the more intense your activity level, the more you encourage your body to be a fat burning furnace!
Not forgetting eating adequately for fat loss too. No amount of belts and wraps, cold or hot, will help if we keep putting highly processed foods laden with sugar and toxic substances into our mouths.
Want to burn off fats the sustainable manner and shed them off for good?
Face up to the inconvenient truth about fat loss.
Teach the body to burn from inside out. Eat Right, Move Right and Think Right.
It’s time to start right.