It’s no secret that losing weight takes a lot of discipline, dedication, and hard work. What is seldom addressed, however, is that it can also be quite expensive, leaving those with less financial freedom at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving their weight-loss and fitness goals.
Fortunately, the fitness community has responded to the demand to make work-out plans and fitness programs more accessible, and today there are countless options for getting fit and losing weight at home, with minimal equipment.
People have also been on the lookout for clinically-proven, reliable ways to bolster their fitness and weight loss results, and red light therapy has been gaining quite a bit of traction in that regard. In fact, many pro athletes and fitness experts have turned to red light therapy to maximize their performance and enhance their physique.
At Rouge, we don’t believe optimal health and fitness should be strictly reserved for the wealthiest members of society. In tandem with the wellness community’s push for more accessible, at-home weight loss solutions, our goal at Rouge is to provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the wide range of benefits of red light therapy, in the comfort of your own home, and for a fraction of the cost of regular in-clinic or in-spa treatments.
What Is Red Light Therapy and How Does It Work?
Rouge red light therapy panels are equipped with a series of LED lights that emit red and near-infrared wavelengths that penetrate deep into the skin right to the cell. These wavelengths produce a biochemical reaction in the cell’s mitochondria, allowing it to use oxygen more efficiently to produce energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which in turns affects the body’s functioning in myriad ways.
For a more detailed explanation of just how red light therapy works at the cellular level to optimize your body’s functioning, as well as the many ways in which it can help improve your health, check out this article.
As for its role in weight loss, one plausible theory is that red and near-infrared lights act upon the fat cells to release lipids into the bloodstream, where they can either be used as energy by muscles or simply evacuated.
What Are the Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Weight Loss
Can shining light on your skin really help you burn fat and shed pounds? Current scientific research seems to indicate that yes, it can! Let’s take a look at what the science community says about it.
Red light therapy for body contouring and fat reduction in the waist, hips, and thighs
Red light therapy is showing promising results for helping people shed fat in notoriously troublesome areas, such as the waist, hips, and thighs. In various studies, participants recorded a significant reduction, not only in circumference of targeted areas, but in overall body fat as well, with results being evident in as little as two weeks.
Red light therapy for optimizing muscle gain
There is a growing body of evidence that red light therapy, when applied before and after exercise, can help increase muscle mass, decrease muscle fatigue, and improve muscle performance. This can be especially useful for weight loss, as increasing muscle mass is known to improve resting metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories.  
Red light therapy has also been shown to decrease inflammation and muscle recovery time, so your muscles don’t need as much of a rest between workouts. 
Red light therapy for treatment of obesity
Recent research indicates that red light therapy can be a powerful and effective tool in helping with weight loss in obese men and women. In fact, several studies show that participants receiving consistent red light therapy treatment in conjunction with diet and exercise had reduced circumference in the neck, waist, hips, and thighs, as well as reduced inflammation and insulin resistance. RLT also appears to enhance the effect of exercise on cardiometabolic risk (risk of diabetes, diabetes, and stroke).   
These results could prove to be life-changing - and possibly life-saving - for the many men and women who have trouble achieving significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone.
Red light therapy for improving sleep
A common impediment to weight management is lack of sleep or poor quality sleep. In fact, poor sleep is a well-known risk factor for obesity and weight gain. Given the fact that an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep related issues, it’s an important factor to address when embarking on your weight loss journey.
Red light therapy has been shown to increase melatonin production (the hormone that makes you sleepy), and many studies testing the effectiveness of red light therapy on various ailments have seen improved sleep as a side effect. Current studies are also underway to assess the effectiveness of red light therapy as a treatment for sleep apnea.    
The soothing red light can also help you move to a relaxed state at the end of the day - particularly if your day consists of absorbing blue light from a screen.
Can a Personal Red Light Therapy Device Help You With Weight Loss At Home?
The benefits of red light therapy for weight loss are pretty clear. But what about the benefits of investing in a personal red light therapy device for your home? Let’s break it down.
First, we know for certain that the results of red light therapy are dependent on consistent, repeated use. In fact, not only is everyday use completely safe, it’s recommended in order to get optimal results.
We also know that treatment using an industrial machine at a spa or clinic can cost anywhere from $10 to $100 per session, depending on the duration and intensity of the treatment. Even if you’re only going once a week, it can add up quite quickly.
One of the biggest draws of owning a red light therapy device is that the operational costs are next to nothing. Once you’ve made your purchase, all you have to pay for is your device’s energy consumption, which is pennies a day.
Finally, Rouge’s red light therapy panels come in a variety of sizes and price points, so you can find the perfect device to help you reach your weight loss goals at home and within budget. You can also talk to one of our knowledgeable team members if you have particular needs requiring a custom design.
Every body is different, and we want to help you lose weight at your own pace, in a way that works best for you. Get started with your personal Rouge red light therapy device today, and shine a light on your best self.