Plastic wrap, also called cling film, is usually reserved for storing food; few people think of it as a useful weight loss instrument. Use plastic wrap in the kitchen to control your food portions. You can make your own 100-calorie snack packs and cut large meals down to size. Or use plastic wrap like a resistance band to perform challenging core exercises. Some people use cling film as a sweat suit to increase perspiration and shed water weight during exercise. This practice has been linked with severe medical conditions including heatstroke and loss of electrolytes; these conditions can be fatal. Before beginning a new workout regimen, consult with your physician to develop a plan that works for you and your body.
Cut a 6- to 8-foot length of cling wrap.
Fold the cling wrap twice vertically to form a long, flat band.
Hold one end of the band in your right hand. Lift your arm over your head and let the plastic hang over your back. Reach back and grab the plastic with your left hand. Pull the plastic wrap in either direction to stretch your arms. Switch hands and repeat.
Sit down on the floor with your legs extended. Pass the plastic wrap around the bottoms of your feet. Hold the plastic wrap in your hands at your sides. Sit back on your buttocks, bringing your legs in the air to form a "V" with your torso. Hold the plastic wrap at your sides for support. Tense your abdominal muscles and hold for one minute. Release and repeat.
Lie on your left side with your legs extended. Wrap the plastic wrap around your right foot. Hold the ends of the band in your right hand against your thigh. Raise the leg slowly, keeping the abdominal and gluteal muscles tense.
Tips & Warnings
- Sweat suits, crash dieting, consumption of diet pills, use of diuretics and prolonged fasting can lead to temporary weight loss. However, there are severe medical consequences to each. Exercising and controlling meal portions is the only way to lose weight. If you require assistance controlling your body weight, contact your physician to discuss treatment options and support.
- Some plastic wraps contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other additives (plasticizers) that can be harmful if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Always opt for the non-PVC variety.
- Photo Credit hard exercise image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com
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