Although often referred to as red light therapy, most red light devices emit both red and near infrared light. While early research on red light therapy primarily used lasers, recent research has found that LED’s can also be used, which have the advantage of applying light to a larger area of the body as well as an improved safety profile. The use of LED’s has also greatly reduced the cost of treatment, making it something that can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. 

A somewhat surprising effect of red light therapy is to promote fat loss, particularly when combined with exercise. A study of obese women found that red light therapy combined with exercise resulted in a higher percentage of fat loss than when exercise was combined with a placebo light. Another study found similar results, along with changes in levels of a marker associated with increasing brown adipose tissue, which improves metabolism. When combined with treadmill training, red light therapy decreases the appearance of cellulite and increases metabolism in the thighs. In addition to effects on metabolism, red light therapy may also cause fat cells to release their contents into the blood, where they can be metabolized or excreted.

Two devices that can be used to promote fat loss and body shaping are light panels and body wraps. Fringe makes a 12×12 inch red light panel as well as a variety of light therapy wraps, including small and large wraps that can be wrapped around areas such as the thighs and abdomen. Research has found that benefits can be seen in as little as two 30-minute sessions per week over four weeks. And remember – when using red light therapy for fat loss, it is essential to combine it with a healthy diet and exercise regime.

Dr. Genevieve Newton, DC, PhD  spent close to 20 years as a researcher and educator in the field of nutritional sciences before joining Fringe as its Scientific Director. Gen’s job is to “bring the science” that supports Fringe’s products and education. She is passionate about all things Fringe, and is a deep believer in healing body, mind and spirit using the gifts of the natural world. 

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