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Unraveling The Truth About Body Wraps




Everyone is wrapping up! You may have seen or heard about the popular trend of using body wraps to slim down body fat.  Body wraps work by increasing body heat in the targeted area causing you to sweat and lose water weight. Many people are posting pictures on social media, like Instagram, of wrapping their arms or stomachs to decrease cellulite. You can either go to your local spa and receive the body wrap treatment or purchase body wraps from different suppliers.

Cellulite wraps are one of the most popular, which are cold wraps designed to reduce cellulite in thighs, legs and butt.

But, before you decide to wrap up, does this actually work?

According to the Food and Drug Administration website, body wraps can be dangerous, especially if you are wrapping your body up tightly. After wearing a body wrap, you may notice that you have lost a few inches. However, it’s a temporary illusion of having a smaller waistline or stomach, which results in the body returning to its normal shape and size.  The wraps reduce water weight and do not remove fat or make dimples disappear. Body wraps are best if you want to temporarily slim your figure for an upcoming occasion like a wedding or vacation, but should only be used with the approval of a medical doctor.

If you really want to trim your body fat, the best ways are to reduced calorie intake and increased physical activity.  Did you know it takes a total of 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat? Don’t take the easy way out.

For more tips on long-term weight loss, follow Black Fitness Today on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Brittany is a Black Fitness Today intern and a graduate journalism student at Columbia College Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hampton University, where she served as a staff writer for the NAACP Newsletter, co-editor of the newspaper and an intern for the television show, The View from HamptonU. She has also written for other publication on minority health and community events.


How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…



Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today





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