How Does Red Light Therapy Work For Weight Loss?

Are you having trouble losing weight, no matter how hard you work out or how healthy you eat? Red-light therapy treatment may be able to assist you in breaking through that plateau and seeing results! 

Red light therapy is a non-invasive fat removal technique becoming more popular. While it may sound wonderful to be accurate, supporters of red light therapy claim that it has assisted in the removal of "stubborn" fat that diet and exercise have failed to eliminate. Many health professionals, however, are unconvinced about its benefits. As a result, you may be unsure whether it's worthwhile to give it a shot. 

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in a doctor's office. It's a common type of non-invasive body sculpting therapy that claims to remove fat cells without surgery. 

A low-irradiance laser emits wavelengths of red, blue, and infrared light around 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) into your skin during the treatment. It targets the layer of fat that lies just beneath the skin's surface. 

Though the process is unknown and debated, one popular notion is that LLLT breaks down a portion of the cell membrane momentarily. This allows your body's natural waste removal process to drain out, shrink, and remove stored fat cells. 

A skilled practitioner, such as a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, will apply the laser on each treatment region for 10–40 minutes during a laser session. To notice the effects, most clinics recommend at least six treatments.

There is no downtime, and you can return to your regular activities immediately following the session. However, a healthy diet and regular exercise are strongly recommended. 

How Does It Work For Weight Loss?

The phrase "red light therapy" refers to both red and near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths and is used to describe photobiomodulation or low-level light therapy treatment (LLLT). 

It's unclear how LLLT works, although it appears to function at the cellular level. According to one common idea, the laser causes holes in fat cells, allowing stored fat to flow out and subsequently being removed by your body. This is why experts believe you'll need multiple sessions to achieve the optimum benefits. 

1. Increases Cellular Metabolism

Similar to how you don't perform well when you're sleep-deprived, hungry, or jet-lagged, your cells don't operate well when they're depleted.

The cellular energy is stimulated by red and near-infrared light. The absorption of red and near-infrared photons by chromophores in the mitochondria (cellular energy centers) enables the creation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body's principal fuel.

Healthy cells and greater cellular performance result from increased cellular energy. Your organs will not only work better, but you will also have more energy. Many people have reported feeling more invigorated and ready to take on the day; this could imply more energy to hit the gym or go for a brisk walk, which could help with weight loss. 

2. Fat Cell Reduction

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in red light research could be the ability of red light to trigger fat cells to "leak."

According to studies, red light causes fat cells to produce small openings (or pores) that leak fatty acids known as lipids. According to a Harvard study, merely four minutes of red light therapy at 635 nm caused 80 percent of lipids to be released from fat cells, and by six minutes, nearly all of the fat had been liberated. 

Red light, according to scientists, causes transient pores to grow in fat cells, allowing lipids to flow out. When a fat cell dies, the lipids it contains are released into the body, usually eliminated. Adipocyte apoptosis, or the natural death of fat cells, appears to be stimulated by red light. 

While targeted fat removal (body contouring) has been difficult in the past, new research into how red light stimulates fat cells to shed their contents and die more quickly is very interesting. It's a hopeful discovery for anyone looking to eliminate belly fat or improve the appearance of other regions where fat loss is desired. 

3. Reduced Inflammation

According to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers, chronic low-grade inflammation and cellular stress can lead to the type of metabolic inefficiency linked to obesity. Obesity can be considered a symptom of low-grade systemic inflammation since chronic inflammation results from an overactive immune system.

Cells can operate correctly when chronic inflammation is reduced. Red light therapy treatment has been demonstrated to lessen inflammation in several animal investigations and clinical trials. 


Most research suggests that red light treatment can help you lose weight around your waist and arms, but the outcomes are minimal at best. It's also costly, and it's unclear how long the results will stay. If you want to lose weight, it's best to live a healthy lifestyle that involves eating a balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis – two proven weight-loss tactics. 

Weight loss can be aided by combining red light therapy with a long-term, healthy lifestyle. At Bello Voi, we'll work with you to construct a red light therapy plan that works into your hectic schedule and help you develop sustainable habits. We will also answer your questions during your appointment and, based on our conversation, offer a treatment plan. Our goal is to assist you in breaking through your plateau and achieving the outcomes you desire. 

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  • Melanie and Morgan along with the entire staff at Bello Voi are fantastic. Everyone is extremely knowledgeable, caring, understanding, and truly enjoy seeing everyone succeed in their journey to better health. My journey was not always easy, but they were there to push me through the hard days, and celebrate each step forward. With the start of the 2 week detox program, Melanie's guidance on nutrition, Red Light Therapy, and body wraps I was not only able to hit my goal, but exceed the numbers I had set. My 5 month journey was a complete lifestyle change, but I was able to loose 17 pounds and a total of 25" overall!! I HIGHLY recommend making that first appointment. It will change your life, and self confidence!

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  • I’m so happy to become a member of Bello Voi! This place is definitely a hidden gem! I always look forward to some self care time with my Red Light Therapy sessions. Morgan is very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. She makes sure everything is perfect and provides a zen experience. Her assistant, Koree is also very sweet & helpful!

    Jackie Pham

  • Morgan was so awesome, polite and was perfect and my first session went great..Morgan gave great home instructions for my nutrition diet

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  • I was truly shocked at how well my treatments worked in a short amount of time. I have struggled to lose weight over the years because I work so much. 30 minutes 2x a week was easy. I lost 28 lbs in 6 weeks with my light sessions. The staff is so knowledgeable, and I can tell that they put their heart and attention into their clients. Bello Voi’s Red Light Machine was able to cover my entire body. I have seen other places offer similar services around my home town, but the atmosphere at Bello Voi helped me to relax at the same time I got my treatment. As a client I also get discounts on supplements and other services that they offer.

    Dale Burns

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