Recently I’ve seen dozens of people all over social media and on YouTube promoting the use of wraps to reduce the size of your waist in just a few short hours or days. One particular wrap that I’ve seen numerous times is the IT Works Body Wrap aka “That Crazy Wrap Thing”.
These wraps are becoming more prevalent everywhere and I’ve even started hearing close family friends talking about them so, I decided to look more into it to see what all the hype was about.
My initial reaction was, of course they don’t work! Nothing works that quickly does it?
I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt though, so I gave it a closer look. I have to say I was surprised by what I found…and not in a good way.
I’ll admit I haven’t tried one of these and, if you keep reading, you’ll see why I never will and wouldn’t recommend them to anybody!
What are IT Works Body Wraps?
These body wraps are cloth wraps layered with a botanically based formula that is supposed to tighten, tone, and firm the area they’re applied to.
They are primarily used for your stomach but can also be used for your arms, legs, butt, neck, and, honestly, anywhere you can figure out how to apply them.
I’m not sure how you use it on your neck because wow, that’d be uncomfortable! But it is advertised in their manual as a place you can use them.
They don’t only tighten, tone, and firm the area they’re applied to, they also claim to do the following:
- Reduce Cellulite Appearance
- Tighten skin and Improve its Texture
- Doesn’t Leave a Mess Like Other Body Wraps
- Made With Natural Ingredients
- Easy to Use
- Gives You Results in as Little as 45 Minutes with Progressive Results over 3 Days
You have to agree it sounds great! Especially for us postpartum moms who are prone to loose skin, flabby stomachs, stretch marks, cellulite, and more.
How Do IT Works Body Wraps Work?
I’ve done a lot of digging to figure out exactly how these are supposed to work. Any of you that read my blog regularly, know I like to do my research and I want to know exactly what I’m getting for my money.
These wraps are particularly expensive so I wanted a scientific explanation for how they work. If they were real, I knew there’d be one.
I spent extra time, looking into it, but I’ve come up empty for a reasonable explanation as to how they work. Of course their website has an explanation, but it doesn’t satisfy me.
They say that most body wraps just cause you to lose water weight but this one is different because it uses a botanically based formula that tightens and tones any area of the body it’s applied to.
It does this by hydrating and nourishing your skin to improve the appearance of your skin by reducing stretch marks and cellulite.
That’s it, that’s how they work. To me that sounds like some magical mumbo jumbo that doesn’t even address how it helps you lose inches and weight!
In reading some explanations from promoters of IT Works, even they seem to be at a loss for how it works. However, they have to say something or people won’t buy it so they each have their own explanations.
Some of the reviews I’ve watched and read, claimed it reduces the size of your fat cells and that you
should drink a whole lot of water while you’re using it to keep your body and skin hydrated while the wrap works.
Other promoters state you shouldn’t drink any water while you use it or it might mess up the results. In fact, they say, you shouldn’t eat anything while you’re using the IT Works body wrap because that’ll make so you don’t see results.
I’m not kidding.
None of the promoters I’ve seen go into the actual science of how it really works. In my opinion, it’s because there is none.
If These Don’t Work, Why do so Many People Claim They Do?
The creators of this wrap and its advertisers are very sneaky about how they promote this. It really does give the appearance of working.
There’s this photo showing the results you can get with the IT Works Body Wrap.
Notice though, that you can’t see her stomach before she started. So you have nothing to compare it with. I guarantee, she already had the six pack.
If you were to buy one today, try it tonight on any area of your body, and measure yourself in the morning, there is a very good chance you will have lost inches from that area.
If you continued doing this for two more weeks, I’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t see a noticeable change.
I’ve worked at rebuilding my post baby body enough to know exactly why these give the appearance of working. They do the same thing as a girdle or splint will.
They hold in your stomach, legs, arms, or whatever it is, as tightly as they can and, yes, they definitely do make that area smaller….for a short, temporary amount of time. The results don’t last unless you continue using the wrap.
After 2-3 days, your body will start to go back to how it was because you haven’t done anything to actually lose the inches or weight!
The creators and promoters for this wrap say you’ll probably need a couple treatments before you start seeing extreme results so you should purchase the bundle that has 4 wraps in it. Use one every 2-3 days and see the results you get.
If you’re still not happy, just keep wrapping! It’s only $99 per bundle…
My opinion on this is, if I’m going to be spending $99 on something, it better be something that is going to work, have lasting results, and I shouldn’t need to buy it again. At least not for a couple years!
I’m a huge advocate for girdles/splints, especially postpartum! However, though these body wraps, in essence, do the same thing, I don’t recommend them to anybody.
I use girdles after every single pregnancy because I know they give me the extra support I need after I have a baby and they help me to bring my stomach in so much faster.
In saying that though, I recognize that using a girdle is like putting a band-aid on a hole in the wall. You might not see the problem, but it’s still there. If you don’t address the root cause, it’ll only get worse.
I always strongly encourage my readers to use a girdle in addition to a nutritious diet and a good exercise plan.
The IT Works Body Wrap creators do encourage you to do the same with their wrap for maximum results. The problem is their wrap costs 3 times more than some of the splints I’ve used!
It is pretty close to the cost of my favorite kind of girdle but, the girdle I can use for months after my baby is born. I can use it whenever I want, and, honestly, I still use it on days when I feel like I need extra support.
If I have another baby, I’ll use the same girdle. It’s very high-quality material and has lasted pretty long.
These wraps can’t be reused. You pay $99 for a set of 4, or $69 if you’re lucky. You use them every 3 days so, if we’re being optimistic, you buy a set twice a month.
That ends up being at least $1600-$2400 a year. That means, if you aren’t careful, you could end up spending the same amount you’d pay for surgery to improve your body’s appearance.
They do have a loyal customer program that allows you to get lower pricing on their products and points back for every dollar you spend. You can join by
- Making a commitment to a monthly auto-ship order that is above the minimum payment amount for three consecutive months.
- Paying a $50 Membership Fee and ordering a product from their website.
If you choose the monthly auto-ship payment for 3 months, you can cancel it afterwards and remain a “Loyal Customer”. If you choose to cancel before the 3 months are up, you will be charged the $50 Membership Fee.
Yes, you read that right. They’re going to charge you for canceling it, but hey you’re still a “Loyal Customer.”
That’s how they treat their customers. If you think that’s bad, their distributors have it worse.
I wasn’t even planning on looking into what it takes to become a distributor, but every single review I read or watched, highly recommended I consider becoming part of the team. They claimed they achieved financial freedom through becoming an IT Works Wrapreneur.
I have another website that looks into programs just like this that claim to give you financial freedom to see if they really do work. I’ve found some great programs and some horrible ones. I looked into the requirements for becoming a distributor of IT Works and I felt sick.
My Final Thoughts
To sum it up, I wouldn’t recommend these wraps to anybody. When I consider buying something, I look at quality, price, customer satisfaction, customer treatment, usability and more.
These wraps fail across every board. You can read their reviews on Amazon and they’re horrible. Yes, you get a good one here and there, but I think those are from people who sell them, or people who realize they’re a temporary fix and don’t care.
An expensive, temporary fix! But the an option to slim down if you have a wedding, reunion, or special event coming up that you want to look great for.
If that’s what you’re going for, you’re better off just splinting for a couple days beforehand. You’ll get the same results and have the splint next time a special event comes up without shelling out $100.
I have seen many consistent claims that these wraps do work great on reducing stretch marks. I’m more inclined to believe these reviews because of the frequency I’ve seen them throughout the research I’ve done.
However, I still wouldn’t recommend these wraps even for stretch marks because they’re way too expensive and the wraps don’t last long at all.
If you’re looking for a good way to reduce stretch marks, I have some great, inexpensive options here, that will last way longer and probably give better results.
There are so many more reasons I can give you why your money would be better spent elsewhere, but I hope this has given you enough to know what you’re getting into if you choose to invest in them.
If you’re wondering about joining their team, I highly recommend you read my post about the distributor’s side as well!
What do you think of these body wraps? Do you know anybody that has tried them? Let me know by leaving a comment below!