I’m always a skeptic. My skepticism increases by 100% when it involves anything health and fitness related.

This is a story about my good friend Billy.

I’ve known Billy for about 15 years and at no point would I have considered him a health nut. The most activity we ever got was walking from the car to the bar… You might consider playing softball being active, but the games were usually book-ened by a bar.

So when Billy began not only using but selling a series of supplements and weight loss products I was skeptical. And it wasn’t long before he called and asked me to try them. Billy is working with a variety of supplements and body wraps that say they’ll make you healthier and thinner. The body contour wraps say:

002_UltimateBodyApplicator_WaystoWearExpect “ultimate” results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful,botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin.

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Hmmmm.

And the vitamins:

Meet all of your daily vital nutrition needs with added nutrients and minerals, superiorcalcium absorption, and triple strength support for heart health all in one premeasured daily pack.It’s Vital Complete Nutrition Pack builds on the foundational It’s Vital Core Nutrition, adding It’s Vital Minerals and It’s Vital Omega-3 to give you complete, premium nutrition.

 

See … Skeptical.

But I’ve watched Billy post pictures of himself over the past month or so and I have to say the man was looking trim (for Billy).

I saw him a couple weeks ago and he gave me a body contour wrap and some vitamins.

“Try it.” He told me.

On top of using these products Billy has also made significant lifestyle changes. He sees a personal trainer, changed his eating habits and cut down on his beer in take…. He had 1/2 a beer while we were out… AT A BREWERY. Billy even made going to the gym his first order of business when he got into town.

So I tried the products. First the contour body wrap. It’s a thin one time use fabric with one side covered in a lotion or “botanically-based formula”. You can feel a tingling on your skin when it’s applied, similar to what BenGay feels like. I wore the wrap around for the prescribed 45 minutes and then made sure to rub in the excess lotion when I took it off.

I did not take before and after pictures.

I also did not notice a physical difference in my body. The directions for the wraps calls for an application every 72 hours and the use of 4 wraps constitutes a full session. So I did 1/4 of a session.

I also tried the vitamins. They’re a multi-pack of supplements and you can read what each pill is here. I also did not feel a physical change, but when you break the packet down it’s pretty much what I already use (Fish Oil, Minerals, Complex Nutrition).

I talked to Billy again and did not say I tried the products, because I wanted to make sure I got an honest answer out of him. I asked him how much of his results would he contribute to the wraps and products and how much to the lifestyle change.

“I’d say it’s 60/40. Sixty percent lifestyle and 40% products. The wraps and supplements help motivate me towards the lifestyle change. Once you’re doing something you believe will help, it’s easier to make other changes.”

I really can’t argue with that. Most of health and fitness is a mental game and personally I find overcoming those obstacles much more difficult than any workout or race. Everyone needs a push sometimes and not matter what that push is it’s worth it.

Now as I said, I didn’t see any results from my one wrap and one pack of vitamins. But unlike most other nutrition systems I’ve seen, I CAN say I know people that are having results. Both Billy and his wife are users of the products and examples of how you can be successful with them.

If you’d like more information on the It Works system you can find it here.

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