Losing weight and fat is one of the most common health goals, both for medical and cosmetic reasons. Few of us would turn down losing a few pounds or cutting back on some fat here or there.
How Does Light Therapy Work to Reduce Fat?
If you’re not familiar with red light therapy, this article gives a good overview of what it is and how it works. A device like a Joovv delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of therapeutic natural light to your skin and cells, where it reduces oxidative stress and stimulates cellular energy production (adenosine triphosphate or ATP). Not only does that help your body power itself more effectively, but researchers believe red light therapy affects adipocytes, which are cells that store fat, causing the lipids to disperse. In other words, light therapy helps the body wash away fat cells.
Light therapy may work in other ways that affect fat and weight loss as well. A 2012 study in the International Journal of Endocrinology showed that light can affect hunger levels, which could help prevent the buildup of extra fat before it even begins. This study found that red light helped control levels of the hunger-related hormones leptin and ghrelin in sleep-deprived participants.
Red light therapy is one of those “sounds too good to be true” treatments that actually is true!
The science is there in spades, and so are the stories of people who’ve experienced the benefits first-hand. By exposing our bodies to specific wavelengths within the red and near-infrared light spectrum (at the right dosage and for the right amount of time), we can increase ATP production within our cells.
The increase in ATP production is effectively a boost in basal metabolic rate, meaning we burn more calories during the day even if we’re not doing much. That by itself may be why red light therapy has been shown to support fat loss.