Conventional wisdom says if you exercise, you burn more calories, obviously leading to weight loss. But as so many people who work out hard without shedding weight can attest, conventional wisdom is often wrong. In “The Exercise Paradox,” Herman Pontzler presents groundbreaking research proving that exercise, while essential for good health, does not necessarily lead to weight loss. Instead, the human body compensates for the extra calories expended from exercise by adjusting metabolism and slowing other energy draining bodily functions.
Diet alone can also be a slippery slope. Unless one commits to a better nutritional lifestyle, any weight lost from “dieting” is usually gained back quickly when the diet ends.
So, if you are active and eat a healthy diet, but you still want to lose a few inches off your waist, what can you do? Before you consider invasive surgical options or “medical weight loss” alternatives that can have serious side effects, take a look at what Wellnesstheory has to offer. Our technological modalities stimulate natural mechanisms in your body that have been shown to accelerate weight loss. Here is a brief overview:
Photobiomodulation (also known as PBM, low level laser therapy, or red light therapy)
Our full body PBM room, powered by Joovv produces red and near infrared wavelengths at intensity levels demonstrated to produce therapeutic results. A single session takes 8 to 10 minutes. The following information is from an article published by Joovv: It has been well documented that red light at certain wavelengths stimulates mitochondrial and cellular energy production. This happens as part of the cellular respiration process in which cells break down and convert stored energy—releasing waste products along the way.
The full story of exactly how red light therapy provides so many amazing benefits is a little complicated, and deserves its own post—which you’ll find right here. But in short, most researchers agree that 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.
Light therapy may work in other ways that affect fat and weight loss. For instance, a 2012 study in the International Journal of Endocrinology showed that light can affect hunger, which could help prevent the buildup of extra fat before it even begins. This study found that red light helped control levels of the hunger-related hormones leptin and ghrelin in sleep-deprived participants.
Besides the obvious health concerns related to obesity and excess fat, one of the primary motivating factors for people trying to lose weight has more to do with what they see in the mirror, not what they read on the scale. The concept of “body contouring” has become a commonly used term to market all sorts of therapies and treatments. Unfortunately, a lot of these either don’t work, or they produce undesirable side effects. Red light therapy, on the other hand, has proven itself to be extremely effective when it comes to physically changing the way your body looks.
Take a look at the highlights of these clinical studies:
- 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 waistline. At the end of study, participants had achieved a statistically significant reduction in waistline girth.
- In a similar study published in Lasers in Surgery Medicine, participants who received light therapy showed a significant reduction in overall circumference, including each part of the body. Researchers concluded that light therapy can cut down on the circumference of the specific areas that are treated.
- A 2013 study in the same journal also 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 level and wavelength was safe and clinically effective.
Whole Body Cryotherapy
Three minutes in our cryosauna at -110 Celsius initiates a response known as “cold thermogenesis.” Cold thermogenesis, in its most basic form, is simply the body’s attempt to keep itself warm in a cold environment by revving up metabolism. Recent studies have shown that repeated exposure to cold can trigger the conversion of “normal” fat (white adipose tissue) to a metabolic fat called brown adipose tissue (“BAT”). Think of BAT as the holy grail of fat, a fat that actually increases your basal metabolic rate and actually burns the white fat often found on your stomach, hips, butt, and legs (including cellulite).
BAT, typically found around your collarbone, sternum and upper back, has extensive vasculature and burns a lot of calories to help regulate our body temperature. According to bio-hacker extraordinaire Ben Greenfield, “in most cases, you’d need to exercise or engage in caloric restriction to first burn glucose (blood sugar) and then move on to glycogen (stored liver and muscle sugar) before finally beginning to utilize fat as fuel source. But BAT can immediately and directly burn white fat.”
As if that weren’t good enough, neurosurgeon Dr. Jack Kruse has studied how repeated cold exposure can also:
- Increase hormone levels,
- Improve the immune system by inducing leukocytosis and granulocytosis,
- Improve sleep,
- Boost sexual performance,
- Remedy thyroid issues,
- Reduce pain and inflammation, and the list goes on.
Sunlighten, the maker of our full spectrum infrared sauna, provides the following: Using infrared heat technology to burn calories, our saunas – and only our saunas – are clinically shown to aid weight loss. In a 2009 study, our infrared saunas were shown to help lower weight and waist circumference in just a three-month period. The common theme among subjects in the study was that far infrared sauna use was similar to moderate exercise but “much more relaxing”.
In addition, according to information published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, infrared sauna weight loss sessions were shown to burn up to 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, core temperatures increase. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, burning more calories, leading to more weight loss. And blood flow rises, increasing from 5-7 quarts up to 13 quarts a minute.
Plus, regular use of a Sunlighten sauna may provide many of the same benefits as regular exercise, such as cardiovascular conditioning.
At Wellnesstheory you can combine the complimentary benefits of all three of these amazing technologies to accomplish your weight loss goals. Even better, the health benefits go far beyond weight loss. The “side effects” include stress reduction, sleep improvement, reduced oxidative stress, improved focus, improved skin health (boosted collagen production; faded wrinkles, stretch marks, sun damage and scars; reduced symptoms of eczema and psoriasis), and more.
We offer memberships, allowing you to use all three of these modalities, plus complimentary Normatec compression therapy for as low as $89 per month! Members also receive discounts on massage therapy and chiropractic care. Click here for our pricing.
Please drop by for a free tour of our facility in Alpharetta, GA and learn more about all the amazing technologies Welllnesstheory has to offer. www.wellnesstheoryus.com