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How does red light therapy work for weight loss?


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May 13, 2024 Last updated: i

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There are some studies indicating that red light therapy can cause your cells to release triglycerides, leading to fat loss, especially around the waist and arms, but most of these studies show that the results are fairly minimal. If you want to lose weight, you’ll want to combine red light therapy with regular exercise and a balanced, sustainable diet in order to achieve your goals.
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Red light therapy (RLT) is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level red wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular activity. RLT may help enhance mitochondrial function and increase ATP production in cells, potentially boosting metabolism. By reducing inflammation, RLT might promote better overall health and metabolic function, which could contribute to weight loss.
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Red light therapy for weight loss operates by penetrating the skin with wavelengths of red light, typically around 630-700 nanometers. This light stimulates cellular energy production within the mitochondria, which enhances metabolic activity. As a result, cells may metabolize fat more efficiently, leading to potential weight loss. Additionally, red light therapy can help reduce inflammation and improve circulation, which may further support weight loss efforts by aiding in the breakdown and removal of fat cells. However, it's important to note that while red light therapy may be a helpful adjunct to a healthy lifestyle, it's not a standalone solution for weight loss and should be combined with proper diet and exercise for optimal results.

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