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RED LIGHT THERAPY FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Find out why red light therapy for weight loss

Losing weight is not always an easy task. It is one of the most common new years resolutions and goals. Many of us would love to shed a few pounds these days. This article will show you why weight loss is so important. 

Fat and Red Light Therapy

The latest magical way to lose weight is infrared light, also known as “red light therapy” or “low light therapy”

Infrared therapy is also suggested for pain management, jaundice, eczema, wrinkles, scars, improved blood circulation, and to help wound and burns heal faster. That doesn’t mean it actually works for any of those things. But in this article, we’re focusing on whether it works to help you look thinner. Red light therapy stimulates the body to produce new cells and create ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the fuel for our cells.

So what is the mechanism that helps the body and weight loss? A study funded by Erchonia included 54 overweight or obese patients.4 Most of the patients were Caucasian men, since most weight loss patients are women. The patients were treated weekly for 6 weeks. The study found a significant reduction in the combined circumference of hips, waist, thighs, and upper abdomen by 13 cm (about 5 inches) after 6 weeks. Two weeks after the final treatment, patients lost another 2 cm (about 0.8 inches).

A study in Brazil tested whether LLLT and aerobic exercise could reduce the chances of obese women developing heart disease.5 It was a well-designed study: 62 women were given an exercise regimen and randomly assigned to either be exposed to LLLT or a placebo for 4 months. LLLT increased the effectiveness of aerobic exercise to improve the women’s heart health. The scientists reported that LLLT reduced the abdominal fat and the women’s total body fat as measured by waist circumference and other measures. 

A study in the Journal of Obesity Surgery researched red light therapy for body contouring. This 2011 double-blind, randomized study performed light therapy at 635-680 nanometer (nm) on participants for four weeks and recorded effects on the size of their waistline. At the end of the study, participants had achieved a statistically significant reduction in waistline girth. 

Conclusion?

Adding red light therapy is a new science, but these studies do show the positive effects of the device in the area of weight loss. Taking a few minutes a day to add this to your daily routine can show positive outcomes.

 

[1]Thornfeldt CR, Thaxton PM, Hornfeldt CS. A Six-week Low-level Laser Therapy Protocol is Effective for Reducing Waist, Hip, Thigh, and Upper Abdomen Circumference. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2016;9(6):31-35.

[2]Duarte FO, Sene-Fiorese M, de Aquino Junior AE et al (2015) Can low-level laser therapy (LLLT) associated with an aerobic plus resistance training change the cardiometabolic risk in obese women? A placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Photochem Photobiol B 153:103

[3]McRae E and Boris J. Independent evaluation of low-level laser therapy at 635 nm for non-invasive body contouring of the waist, hips, and thighs. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Jan 2013;45(1):1-7.

 

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