We all know that spot reduction of fat is unachievable… until now!

For years we’ve been told that you can’t chose where your body burns fat. You can do 100 crunches, but that doesn’t mean your body will burn fat from your stomach. You can run 10 miles, but that doesn’t mean your body will burn fat from your legs.

But now, thanks to years of scientific studies, there is a way we can target fat loss by combining the use of red and near-infrared light with exercise.

If you’re not familiar with red light therapy (RLT), here’s a little overview:

Red light works by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage. This repair will show up in stronger tissue, muscle repairs, repaired skin damage, and so much more!

RLT bypasses the harsh step of causing superficial level skin damage by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin at a deeper level. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 mms below the skin’s surface.

 

There have been numerous studies to show how RLT can also affect fat tissue inside our body. And this is the part that is interesting for spot reduction of fat.

The light I use is an Ultra-powerful 360 Watt Body Light, offering 660nm Red light, and 850nm Near-Infrared light. This device offers 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. [1]

Less Cellulite: In a 2011 study on red light therapy and cellulite reduction, women ages 25-55 were divided into two groups: some did treadmill exercise + red light therapy twice a week, while the other group just did treadmill exercise. The researchers presented thermographic photographs of the changes in thigh circumference and cellulite to demonstrate that red light therapy and exercise was more effective than just exercise alone. The study concluded that treadmill exercise and red light therapy in conjunction can improve body aesthetics. [2]

Smaller Waistline, Less Girth: 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 nanometers (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. [3] 

Tighter Hips & Thighs: A 2013 study in the journal Lasers in Surgery Medicine found benefits from red light therapy at 635 nm for contouring the hips, thighs, and waist. At the end of the trial, researchers found a mean loss of 2.99 inches in overall body size compared to the starting point. Separately, the thigh, waist, and hip areas all showed a reduction too. Researchers concluded that red light therapy at this wavelength was safe and clinically effective (Figure A). [4]

After just 3 sessions I’ve had people comment on my shrinking waist!

RLT Client, lost over 10cm across stomach area in 3 sessions

Through combining body part specific exposure to RLT, followed by targeted exercises designed to further stimulate the area of interest, I have designed a program that causes the body to burn fat in the desired area.

The process:

Ideally performed in a fasted state, having not eaten for at least 3 hours prior to the session, the RLT beings! After an initial briefing and introduction, with preparatory measurements of the body area that you want to target, treatment starts with the Red Light and Ultra Red Light.

 Once the RLT is complete, you begin a training session that takes you through a sequence of exercises designed to hit your target area. 

We finish the process with a relaxing aromatherapy massage to bring down cortisol levels, repair your immune system and soothe any tension.

To see the best results, I recommend having 2-3 treatments per week for 3-4 weeks, and combine it with healthy eating and moderate activity. 

Sounds like something you want to get on board with? I am now offering this treatment at At.1Space!

£50 for 1-hour treatment. £320 for pack of 8 sessions.

FOR MARCH ONLY – I am offering 50% off of this treatment. Click on the button below or head to the MindBody app to book your session now! 

If you want more information, please contact me on sarah@honeylawson.com, or call 07889440652.

1] Peterson P.S., Lei X, Wolf RM. CTRP7 deletion attenuates obesity-linked glucose intolerance, adipose tissue inflammation, and hepatic stress. American Journal of Physiology. Feb 2017;10:1152.

[2] Paolillo FR, Borghi-Silva A, et al. New treatment of cellulite with infrared-LED illumination applied during high-intensity treadmill training. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Aug;13(4):166-71.

[3] Caruso-Davis MK, Guillot TS, Podichetty VK, Mashtalir N, Dhurandhar NV, Dubuisson O, Yu Y. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy for body contouring and spot fat reduction. Obes Surg. 2011. Jun;21(6):722-9.

[4] 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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