CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Hype about the informally-named "Skinny Wraps" is so big on Facebook now, it's time to figure what's really going on here. You've probably seen your friends' testimonials saying they've lost several inches overnight by simply wearing one of the wraps, so Does it Work?
"Right now, it is just huge. I'm doing 4 to 6 wrap parties a week. People are coming to my house," said Shanna Wilson of Cape Girardeau.
Wilson got wrapped, and then started selling the product herself as a way to supplement her fitness routine and her family income.
"It's just an easy thing to do."
Makers of "It Works Ultimate Body Applicator" promise no pain, bruising or surgery, and in just 45 minutes--some dramatic results
"It's a tightening, toning cell-smoothing, shaping wrap. A side-effect is inch loss."
Well, then, sign us up because Kendra Harris and I still have our doubts.
"I'm the first person to be a skeptic on a product that's not hard work and dedication, meaning no work out and no diet."
Me, too. We get wrapped and Shanna instructs us both to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water. Let me tell you, that's a lot of water over the next 48 hours.
"It's tingling. It feels refreshing. It's kind of like I drank a lot of Scope," said Kendra.
We take our measurements, even marking the exact spots to place the tape measure so we can see precise results the next day.
"Holy cow! I lost 7 1/2 inches total! Whoa!" said an excited Kendra.
I saw that, too...losing two inches each in my upper, middle and lower abdomen, although I have to admit I really didn't feel all that smaller. Kendra does though.
"I feel less bloated than I feel yesterday."
So, what's going on here? Dr. Phillip Tippen, the medical director of the Healthy Weigh at Saint Francis Medical Center, took a hard look at the ingredients and found this.
"One of the ingredients is a diuretic. I don't know how much it is absorbed into the skin, but that could cause water loss. This probably just dries out the skin a little bit. Some of the ingredients act like an astringent. The web site contains a lot of testimonials but no scientific proof it really does anything and that always has to make one skeptical," he said.
If you do get results, which a lot of people report they are, the manufacturer says to maintain them, you have to keep wrapping.
"It's certainly nothing permanent from what I can see," said Dr. Tippen.
I can attest to that. After 9 days, I returned to my normal measurements.
Shanna, who wraps herself weekly, maintains that inch loss.
"It's totally worth it," she noted.
By the way, it's $25 a wrap, but many distributors offer specials and a membership to discounts in the It Works program.
"I always see myself buying the product," she said.
"Maybe, if nothing else, it'll make me aware of my water intake, eat better and make me want to get back to healthier ways," said Kendra.
"I don't see any harm in it, but I don't see any benefit. I gather these things are expensive."
With results varying and unofficial testing in a non-scientific lab, Does it Work? Perhaps. We'll let you decide.