A collection of light therapy research articles on the benefits of light therapy use for weight loss & body contouring.
NOTE: Researchers use several terms to describe “light therapy”. Photobiomodulation, low level light therapy (LLLT), phototherapy, photon therapy, photo energy, heliotherapy, and sometimes red, blue or (near) infrared radiation are synonymous; they all refer to light therapy.
Light therapy as a non-invasive tool for body contouring
Researchers at George Washington University in Washington DC, assessed 86 participants who went through a course of 2 weeks of light therapy over the waist, hips, and thighs, for 20 minutes front and 20 minutes back. This procedure was done every other day for the 2 weeks and EACH person reported a statistically significant reduction with the mean loss being around 3 inches, over the 2 week duration.
Light therapy effectively targets cellulite in thighs and buttocks
Cellulite is present in 90% of post-adolescent women. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial, the treatment group was given low level light therapy (LLLT) for 30 minutes per day, three days per week, for a total of just two weeks. The researchers concluded that this was a “safe and effective for improving the appearance of cellulite in the thighs and buttocks. In contrast with other technologies, LLLT is effective as a stand-alone procedure without requiring massage or mechanical manipulation”.
Light therapy for fat and cellulite reduction
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are encouraging further studies to be performed as they found that “the studies as of today suggest that LLLT has a potential to be used in fat and cellulite reduction as well as in improvement of blood lipid profile without any significant side effects.
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