Red Light Therapy For Weight Loss: Does It Really Work?

Red light therapy for weight loss
The science is still in the early stages, but there are many indications that red light therapy may help with weight loss. Let’s break down what the experts say.

There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for losing weight, which is what makes it tricky. If only it was as easy as following one protocol, then weight loss wouldn’t be the struggle that it is for many people today. However, the truth is this: the reason behind your excess weight and the best approach to help you get rid of it may be vastly different from someone else. Don’t let that discourage you, though – there are a few key variables that impact the majority of peoples’ struggle with body weight. These include diet, exercise routine, stress levels, sleep quality, and circadian rhythms. Most importantly – LIGHT. This is one area of the weight loss equation that has not been talked about traditionally, so hear us out.

If you’re looking for a weight loss solution that doesn’t involve surgery, pills or starvation, red light therapy may be worth considering. This relatively new treatment has gained in popularity in recent years because of its potential benefits for weight loss. Proponents of red light therapy claim that it can help increase energy levels, stimulate metabolic activity and reduce inflammation. Although research is still in its early stages, there is evidence that red light therapy can help reduce excess fat – and ultimately lead to weight loss. If you’re curious about how red light therapy works and whether it might be right for you, read on!

Weight loss has many different components – outside of the traditional diet pills, exercise plans, and surgeries that market weight loss to be “easy”. We are telling you it is not. But we are also telling you that there is factors at play than just diet and exercise. In this article, we will explore how your light environment plans a critical role in your metabolism and weight gain. Along with ways to alter your light environment to become more conducive of weight loss. 

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    Weight loss is more than just diet and exercise

    Many people who struggle with losing weight do so because they either focus solely on diet, solely on exercise or maybe even a combination of the two. “What’s wrong with that?” you may be asking. It seems as if the weight loss industry sings the praise of pairing diet and exercise to give the weight loss results you’re after. However, the weight loss industry is missing one major piece, and that piece is the key to successful, healthy, and lasting weight loss: the wellness of our bodies. This includes everything from what we eat to how we sleep to how we manage stress to how we move our bodies. All of our daily habits add up to create our level of overall wellness, and that level determines whether your body is at a healthy weight. When we are well-rested, well-nourished, well-exercised, and free of stress, our bodies are best equipped to process all the information — calories consumed vs. calories burned — that goes into maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight.

    Weight loss and weight management efforts are generally aimed at reducing caloric intake and increasing caloric output. This involves diet and exercise, but several other factors can affect the process. Researchers have identified a complex interplay between our hormones, bodies, and the foods we eat. The balance of these things is important because our cells need to be in a state of homeostasis to properly receive and use energy, which includes burning fat for fuel. 

    Red light therapy can produce gentle, far-reaching effects on your body, which can make it a great complement to other weight-loss methods. It’s also been shown to help with a variety of ailments like sleep, stress, inflammation, circadian rhythm, muscle recovery, and much more, thus allowing your body to reach that overall state of wellness that we all want (and need).

    Red light therapy, also known as low-level light therapy, is a non-invasive procedure that may help remove fat from targeted areas of your body. When combined with exercise, it has been shown to aid in the weight loss process.

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    What is red light therapy?

    Red light therapy is becoming increasingly popular in the world of health and wellness for its ability to promote fat loss, reduce inflammation, boost metabolism, and even improve sleep – all key components of weight loss. While it’s not the only thing you need to lose weight, it can be a great addition to any weight loss strategy and many people are adding red light into their wellness routine to support both weight loss and a healthy lifestyle as a whole.

    The growth of light therapy as a treatment option has occurred in recent years alongside the trend towards more natural health approaches. Reports show that the global alternative/holistic medicine market size was valued at $82.27 billion in 2020 and is expected to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 22% between the years of 2021 and 2028. The want and need for more natural approaches to health are at an all-time high, and that high is set to keep going. The popularity of holistic health in general, and alternative medicine treatments, in particular, has produced a strong demand for approaches to health and treatments that carry no or very few side effects.

    If you are someone who feels skeptical about the word “holistic” and how it relates to your health, we understand. This term is thrown around casually by many, and not all so-called holistic approaches are ones you can rely upon, as some are not backed by science and research. However, that is not the case for red light therapy. Red light therapy is a form of photobiomodulation (PBM), the effects of which have been studied for decades. Red light therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many diseases and conditions, including:

    ●  Pain relief

    ●  Muscle recovery

    ●  Wound healing

    ●  Anti-aging and wrinkle reduction

    ●  Acne treatment

    ●  Hair loss treatment

    ●  Promotes deeper sleep

    Girl doing yoga infront of a VItal Red Light
    Vital Red Light can also be used in combination with other wellness practices like yoga, meditation or exercise. You can even use Vital Red Light while you sleep!

    How does red light therapy work for weight loss?

    Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy or photobiomodulation, uses red and near-infrared light to stimulate cells and improve their function. This can have a range of positive effects on the body, including speeding up healing and reducing inflammation. When it comes to weight loss, red light therapy can boost metabolism and decrease the size of fat cells, leading to a reduction in overall body fat.

    Red light therapy has been shown to help with several issues that affect weight, including inflammation, circadian rhythm, sleep, and gut health. It has the ability to both directly and indirectly help users along their weight loss journey. Red light therapy provides benefits across multiple body systems by stimulating the mitochondria in your cells. This triggering of the mitochondria signals your cells to produce more energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is what cells use for fuel. The more energy your cells have, the better they can function, which means the better your entire body can function.

    Red light therapy also has an impact on your circadian rhythm – the internal clock that regulates biological processes like sleep, hunger, and hormones. This makes it a useful tool to support your overall health in a variety of ways. By adding red light therapy to your healthy lifestyle, you can maximize your internal health and begin to change your body composition in a positive way. The potential benefits of red light therapy for weight loss and overall health include:

    ●  Fat cell reduction and metabolism

    ●  Improved sleep and reduced hunger 

    ●  Appetite suppression

    ●  Better sleep and improved circadian rhythm

    ●  Reduced inflammation

    Before and after red light therapy
    Red light therapy has shown promising results for weight loss, but as is the case with any treatment method, individual results may vary.

    Fat cell reduction and metabolism

    Red and near-infrared light therapy, in particular, has been shown to be effective at reducing the size of fat cells and increasing fat metabolism. Imagine if you had to perform at your best when sleep-deprived, hungry, or jet-lagged. Your cells feel the same way when they’re depleted. Red light therapy has been shown to improve mitochondrial function and decrease oxidative stress, leading to improved metabolism. This can have a significant impact on weight loss, as insulin resistance is a major risk factor for obesity.

    A 2001 study found that daily exposure to red light (660nm) for just one hour per day over a four-week period caused a significant reduction in cell size, from 4.5µm to 3.9µm. Another study published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology found that low-intensity red light therapy increased metabolic activity inside fat cells by a whopping 35%. This sort of increase in metabolic activity is important because it means that more lipids are being burned off as energy, which results in weight loss.

    Improved sleep and reduced hunger

    Insomnia is a common health issue that affects about 30 million Americans. Sleep deprivation has been associated with many health issues, including weight gain. One cause of insomnia is chronic stress, which amplifies weight gain by stimulating cortisol production and disrupting how the nervous system regulates metabolism (leptin and ghrelin levels).

    A study published in the journal Stress and Health found that participants who had trouble sleeping gained weight over time compared to those who slept well. In fact, people who reported insomnia gained an average of 7 pounds over 5 years, while those who slept well only gained 3 pounds over the same period.

    One cause of insomnia is chronic stress, which amplifies weight gain by stimulating cortisol production and disrupting how the nervous system regulates metabolism (leptin and ghrelin levels). Reducing cortisol levels through red light therapy could help improve sleep quality and decrease stress-related overeating.

    A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology examined how light affected leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that not only controls appetite, but also helps maintain body weight and regulates how much energy the body burns. Meanwhile, ghrelin does the opposite by increasing appetite and stimulating growth hormone release. In this study, researchers observed participants who had poor sleep habits. Those who were exposed to red light at night showed a decrease in ghrelin levels and an increase in leptin levels, leading to reduced appetite and improved metabolic function. This reduction in hunger levels can have a great impact on those trying to follow a low-calorie diet for weight loss, helping to reduce hunger and the desire for snacking.

    red light therapy for sleep
    Red light therapy has shown promising results for weight loss, but as is the case with any treatment method, individual results may vary.

    Improved sleep

    Insomnia is a common health issue that affects about 30 million Americans. Sleep deprivation has been associated with many health issues, including weight gain. One cause of insomnia is chronic stress, which amplifies weight gain by stimulating cortisol production and disrupting how the nervous system regulates metabolism (leptin and ghrelin levels).

    A study published in the journal Stress and Health found that participants who had trouble sleeping gained weight over time compared to those who slept well. In fact, people who reported insomnia gained an average of 7 pounds over 5 years, while those who slept well only gained 3 pounds over the same period.

    One cause of insomnia is chronic stress, which amplifies weight gain by stimulating cortisol production and disrupting how the nervous system regulates metabolism (leptin and ghrelin levels). Reducing cortisol levels through red light therapy could help improve sleep quality and decrease stress-related overeating.

    A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology examined how light affected leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that not only controls appetite, but also helps maintain body weight and regulates how much energy the body burns. Meanwhile, ghrelin does the opposite by increasing appetite and stimulating growth hormone release. In this study, researchers observed participants who had poor sleep habits. Those who were exposed to red light at night showed a decrease in ghrelin levels and an increase in leptin levels, leading to reduced appetite and improved metabolic function. This reduction in hunger levels can have a great impact on those trying to follow a low-calorie diet for weight loss, helping to reduce hunger and the desire for snacking.

    Appetite suppression and sleep

    Tired of feeling like you’re always hungry? That’s because you probably are, based on what the science is saying.

    Studies show that exposure to artificial lights at night can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythms and make you feel more hungry than you really are. The good news is that this effect can be mitigated by using red light at night rather than the blue light that is emitted from phones, TVs, and computers. In an article titled “Effects of light on human circadian rhythms, sleep and mood.” Red light has been shown to suppress cortisol production (the stress hormone) while potentially improving melatonin levels (the sleep hormone) at night, ultimately promoting deeper sleep.

    What’s more exciting is that a recent study by scientists at the University of Missouri’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory (SCL) has shown for the first time that red light can, in fact, control hunger levels. The SCL study focused on the effect of red light on hormones known as leptin and ghrelin, which are believed to regulate appetite. The researchers found that exposure to red light at night helped sleep-deprived adults reduce their hunger levels by 19%. 

    Red light therapy has shown promising results for weight loss, but as is the case with any treatment method, individual results may vary.

    Fat cell reduction

    If you want to lose weight around your belly, you’ll need to reduce your calorie intake and increase your physical activity levels. This can be a difficult process for many people — especially those who are overweight or obese — but there could soon be an easier way.

    A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has revealed how quickly red light therapy causes fat cells to die, which could potentially help us lose weight in specific areas of our body. The researchers found that it only takes five minutes of exposure to red light at a wavelength of 650 nanometers (nm) for fat cells to begin dying off. This differs from other wavelengths of light that are used for cosmetic treatments because they’re absorbed by the skin rather than fat tissue.

    Red light has been shown to trigger the formation of small openings (or pores) in fat cells, which release fatty acids known as lipids. The study led by Harvard researchers found that just four minutes of exposure to red light therapy at 635nm caused 80 percent of lipids to be released from fat cells, and by six minutes, almost all of the fat had been released. The lipids were then burned for energy, leading to a reduction in fat stores and ultimately, weight loss.

    Though it has been previously complicated to focus on targeted fat loss, new research surrounding red light and how quickly it causes fat cells to die is very encouraging and worth being studied more. This process holds a lot of potential for anyone striving to lose weight in specific areas or promote a healthy lifestyle with less fat.

    Anti-inflammatory benefits

    Red light therapy can also have anti-inflammatory benefits, which can aid in weight loss. Chronic inflammation is linked to obesity and other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Red light therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation in overweight or obese individuals, potentially aiding in weight loss efforts. 

    Insulin sensitivity

    In addition to its effects on fat cell reduction and metabolism, red light therapy has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. This is significant because insulin resistance is a major risk factor for obesity. Insulin sensitivity is important because it helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevents the development of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for obesity.

    A 2017 study found that just three weeks of daily red light therapy (630nm) improved insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese participants, leading to better blood sugar control and potentially preventing the development of diabetes.

    While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of red light therapy on weight loss, the current evidence suggests it can be a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle and weight loss program. So if you’re looking for an alternative or complementary solution to traditional weight loss methods, consider giving red light

    Couple using red light therapy with coffee
    When it comes to red light therapy, consistency is key. Implementing red light into a preexisting health routine such as yoga, meditation, morning coffee, reading, stretching, or working out leads to success

    Should you try red light therapy for weight loss?

    There is promising research on the use of red light therapy for weight loss, but it is important to remember that results will vary from person to person. It’s always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment, and they can also help advise you on the best approach for achieving your weight loss goals. 

    If you have tried traditional weight loss methods without success, or are looking for a non-invasive alternative, red light therapy may be worth considering. It can be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise to support your weight loss efforts and help you maintain a healthy weight long term.

    The best way to think about red light therapy is like a good workout. You don’t see results from a single session, but with daily use and consistency, over time you will notice positive changes.As with a regular workout plan, there are many ways to approach the use of your Vital Red Light. Some people prefer to do 10 minutes once or twice a day for each treatment area. Others like to do shorter sessions throughout the day. The frequency is completely up to you and what works best for your schedule.

    Treatment times vary depending on how your body reacts. For some, a few minutes each day is all that is needed. For others, it might require more time in order to reach their goals. It’s highly individualized based on the intensity used and the person using it.

    Yes! If you have tried traditional weight loss methods without success, or are looking for a non-invasive alternative, red light therapy may be worth considering. It can be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise to support your weight loss efforts and help you maintain a healthy weight long term.

    Should you try red light therapy?

    What to expect during a typical red light therapy session?

    During a red light therapy session, you will stand or sit in front of a panel that emits red and near-infrared light. It is painless and there is no downtime. Some people feel warmth or tingling during the treatment, but it should not be uncomfortable. Each red light session lasts about 10-20 minutes. This treatment requires zero effort from you- simply sit back, relax, and let the (possible) red light goodness do its work.

    As with any weight loss program, results will vary depending on the individual. However, most people start seeing results after several weeks of consistent red light therapy use. Some people see the results after just a few sessions, while others may need several weeks or months of ongoing therapy.

    Red Light Therapy For Weight Loss: How It Works & What You Need To Know
    Red light therapy has shown promising results for weight loss, but as is the case with any treatment method, individual results may vary.

    How to best use red light therapy for weight loss

    To maximize the weight loss benefits of red light therapy, it’s important to use it in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Treating yourself to regular red light sessions will help you sleep better, recover faster, and be more productive throughout the day. It’s like a natural energy boost that improves your mood and mental acuity while enhancing your body’s ability to loose weight.

    Red light therapy is non-invasive and has minimal side effects, making it a safe option for weight loss. Of course, as with any treatment, it’s important to consult with your doctor before trying red light therapy for weight loss. But if you’re looking for a natural way to support your weight loss goals, red light therapy may be worth considering.

    How often should you use red light? Most full-body devices (like the Vital Elite) is recommended to be used 3-5 times per week, but daily treatments can be beneficial as well. If you aren’t sure how much light therapy is right for you, we recommend starting with a treatment 2-3 times per week and see how that feels. You can always increase your frequency later after you see how your body responds. 

    The best time to use red light therapy? Red light therapy is best given in the early morning before or after athletic training or around lunchtime for best results. Red light therapy treatments are not recommended for people who exercise less than an hour a day, as it may weaken their ability to exercise by dilating blood vessels and reducing inflammation during exercise.

    In addition, there are specific ways to use red light therapy for optimal results:

    1. Target treatment areas: Use the red light on areas where you want to see improvement, such as the stomach or thighs.
    2. Frequency: Aim for at least three times a week, but daily sessions can also be beneficial.
    3. Duration: Each session should last between 10 and 20 minutes.

    Are there side-effects?

    Unlike using other laser therapies or tanning beds, red light therapy does not use UV light (which can cause skin damage). With every Vital Red Light therapy treatment, you can rest assured that you are getting the right dose of light without any negative side effects. There have been hundreds of studies around the world that provide the safety and effectiveness of red light therapy on all parts of the body.

    To date, most studies show that red light therapy is safe, and none have reported significant side effects. The most common side effects are temporary redness or warmth in the treatment area, but these usually go away within a few hours. It’s important to note that red light therapy should not be used for pregnant women or those with thyroid disorders. As always, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment.

    Which device is best for weight loss?

    If you’re looking for a weight loss solution that doesn’t involve surgery, pills or starvation, red light therapy may be worth considering. This relatively new treatment has gained in popularity in recent years because of its potential benefits for weight loss.

    There are many benefits to red light therapy, but you can only experience these amazing health properties if you purchase a high-quality device. Be wary of cheaply made devices that aren’t built to provide the right therapeutic benefits despite their hefty price tag. Always research any potential purchase beforehand! 

    Vital Red Light devices  provide the highest irradiance on the market, meaning more effective treatment in less time for you. All devices undergo rigorous testing and protocols to ensure safety, effectiveness and durability before being shipped to you. After years of precise engineering with cutting-edge technology, we are able to bring you the best Red Light Therapy device at an affordable price tag.

    Our devices are based on extensive research and offer a powerful, effective way to experience red light therapy for yourself. No matter which device you choose, you’ll get all the benefits of red and near-infrared light therapy—that is, the ability to experience immediate pain relief, improved immune function, enhanced mood and sleep quality, accelerated recovery time from exercise and injury, reduced inflammation (which can help with acne), increased muscle strength and more.

    Vital Red Light Therapy Devices
    There are many ways you can bring red and near-infrared light therapy into your home, from small handheld devices to full-body panels. A medical-grade red light therapy device from Vital Red Light features a combination of red and near-infrared wavelengths have been shown to have beneficial effects on y

    The takeaway: Red light therapy for weight loss

    • Losing weight is tricky because there is no one-size-fits-all formula.
    • Key variables that impact the majority of peoples’ struggle with body weight include diet, exercise routine, stress levels, sleep quality, and circadian rhythms.
    • Most importantly – LIGHT. This is one area of the weight loss equation that has not been talked about traditionally.
    • Red light therapy can produce gentle, far-reaching effects on your body by stimulating the mitochondria in your cells which signals your cells to produce more energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
    • The potential benefits of red light therapy for weight loss and overall health include: fat cell reduction and metabolism; improved sleep and reduced hunger; appetite suppression; better sleep and improved circadian rhythm; reduced inflammation.
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    Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment. Results may vary from person to person. The use of a medical-grade device such as Vital Red Light is recommended for best results