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Can Red Light Therapy help with fat loss?

The way you look and how your body deals with fat are attributed to far more than just what you eat and how you exercise , and if you only focus on these factors then you’re lacking a full understanding of how your body metabolises food and burns energy. Proven time and time again the “calories in, calories out” focus on diet is an oversimplification of how the body processes fat. There are many other important factors including your sleep, stress, hydration cellular environment and circadian rhythms. 

Red light therapy is a popular treatment option for those looking to lose weight and improve their overall health. But does it actually work? Here's what you need to know about using red light therapy for fat loss:

  1. Inflammation may be reduced using red light therapy [1]. Chronic inflammation can impede the body's ability to respond to insulin and make it retainextra fat. Red light treatment has been demonstrated to support the body's natural ability to heal by reducing inflammation [2].
  2. It might boost muscle massMuscle mass also consumes calories while atrest in addition to when exercising. Muscle healing and growth have been demonstrated to be aided by red light treatment, which may assist boost metabolism and encourage weight loss.
  3. It might help regulate the thyroid.  Due to its effect on metabolism, hypothyroidism, or nonfunctioning thyroid, can lead to weight gain.  Red light therapy may lessen the thyroid's autoimmune activitywhich could enhance its capacity to regulate metabolism.
  4. Insulin resistance could be lessened. Exercise and red light therapy together help reduce insulin resistance, a common factor in weight gain. A programme that included these two therapies reduced insulin resistance and encouraged weight loss, according to a research involving obese women.
  5. It might aid in reducing fat cells. The size of fat cells may be reduced and their disintegration may be aided by red light therapy. To completely comprehend the mechanism underlying this effect, more study is necessary.
  6. It might help curb hunger. According to certain research, red light treatment may help decrease desires for food and hunger, which could result in weight loss.
  7. It may improve sleep and gut health. Getting enough quality sleep [3] and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome [4] are important for overall health and weight management. Red light therapy has been shown to improve both of these factors, which may help with weight loss.
  8. It improves circulation. Another benefit of red light therapy is its ability to increase circulation. With regards to weight issues, increased circulation has been linked to increased fat burning. [5] This burning occurs in brown fat (a type of body fat that is activated when your body temperature drops). Brown fat helps maintain your body temperature by producing heat. [6]

It's crucial to understand that red light therapy is not a foolproof way to lose weight. The best techniques to lose weight permanently remain a good diet and consistent exercise. It's crucial to consult a healthcare practitioner if you're thinking about utilising red light therapy for weight loss in order to find out if it's right for you and get instructions on how to use it properly.

Related Questions

Here are some common questions that people may have in relation to weight loss and fat burning!

Does Red Light Get Rid of Cellulite?

Cellulite is excess subcutaneous fat (fat that is just beneath the skin). It’s a stubborn, persistent problem that cannot necessarily be remedied with exercise or fat loss alone—but red light therapy has shown great promise in reducing it. The Red lights increase elasticity and elasticity in the skin, effectively closing the gaps where the subcutaneous fat is coming through. 

One study divided 20 female participants into two groups: one that was treated with 850nm near-infrared light along with high-intensity treadmill training, and one that only used the treadmill. The group that used both forms of treatment achieved reduced cellulite in the buttocks and hip areas, whereas the treadmill-only group did not. 

Will My Weight Loss Be Permanent?

In the short term, Red Light Therapy is effective at reducing fat, which in turn results in weight loss. But keep in mind that no procedure or treatment will result in a permanent loss of excess fat. That can only be accomplished through a consistent commitment to healthy eating, frequent exercise and improved overall well being that can be assisted through use of maintenance sessions at Red Lab. Continuing with Red Light therapy in conjunction with a healthier lifestyle can help you maintain a desirable weight, while you spot-treat stubborn problem areas.


[1] Servetto N, Cremonezzi D, et al. Evaluation of inflammatory biomarkers associated with oxidative stress and histological assessment of low-level laser therapy in experimental myopathy. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 2010 Aug.

[2] Lee JH, Chiang MH, et al. Anti-inflammatory effects of low-level laser therapy on human periodontal ligament cells: in vitro study.  Lasers in Medical Science. 2018 Apr.

[3] Douris P, Southard V, et al. Effect of Phototherapy on delayed onset muscle soreness.  Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2006 June.

[4] Poorpezeshk N, Ghoreishi SK, et al. Early Low-Level Laser Therapy Improves the Passive Range of Motion and Decreases Pain in Patients With Flexor Tendon Injury. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2018 Oct.

[5] Li S, Wang C, et al. Efficacy of Low-Level Light Therapy for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2018 Sep.

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