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Tracy Frank, Published July 31 2013

Body wrap product shows promise

FARGO – I’ve been reading a lot about the “It Works!” body wrap lately.

The “Ultimate Body Applicator” is a cloth wrap infused with a botanically-based formula said to tighten and firm problem areas on the body.

The product, which claims to melt away inches when a person wears it for 45 minutes, seemed too good to be true.

I scoured online reviews and found a lot of people who said it was a big rip off and didn’t work as well as a lot of people who swore by the product and said they lost four-to-five inches off their bellies after just one use.

So, I decided to fork over the cash and try it for myself. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that for me, it really did work.

I lost an inch and a half off of my belly. That’s the same type of result I got for doing Jillian Michael’s “Ripped in 30” workout for a month and Mark Hyman’s “The UltraSimple Diet,” for a week.

My results lasted for about a month. The company says results are lasting, but “you can counteract the results from the Ultimate Body Applicator by eating poorly and not regularly exercising.” That’s what happened to me.

To use it, Amanda McKinnon, an It Works! Independent Distributor (wraphappy.myitworks.com), suggests: Shower and cleanse the area to be wrapped with a hot, wet washcloth. Don’t use soap or lotion in the area to be wrapped.

Unfold the wrap, apply the creamy side to your skin and cover it with saran wrap. Keep it on for 45 minutes the first time and up to a few hours after that. Drink one-to-two bottles of water while the wrap is on, and half your weight in ounces of water over the next 72 hours. (So if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water.) Don’t eat with the wrap on or drink alcohol in that 72-hour time-frame.

The wraps have a strong, almost menthol smell and I felt an almost cold burn while wearing it. The company warns that some people might develop a rash from the wrap, but I did not.

Distributors sell a box of four wraps for $99 or $59 if you sign up for auto-shipment service.

To find a distributor or for a list of ingredients and frequently asked questions about the wraps, go to www.myitworks.com.

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Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526