Fat Loss, Fat Lysis, & the FasciaBlaster®
by Ashley Black
Our recent scientific findings show a reduction of subcutaneous fat (the layer of fat between the skin and the muscle) in ultrasound imaging on subjects who followed an at-home FasciaBlasting protocol for 90 days. Click here to see their before and after results!
In this article, we’ll discuss fat loss and the FasciaBlaster’s role in it. I know not everyone is a scientist or health provider, so even though this may be a little “sciencey”, I will break it down as much as I can so that it’s easier to read and understand. This blog is designed to help clear up any questions or concerns about subcutaneous fat reduction and the FasciaBlaster®.
We believe the fat loss results we’ve seen in so many users are a combination of several factors including the FasciaBlaster increasing the metabolic rate, reducing subcutaneous fat, fat lysing, and improving overall function by restoring the soft tissue. The main take away is that, by whatever mechanism, the fat is lessened after consistent use of the FasciaBlaster (YEAH!!!) and we’re very excited about the potential of spot reducing without surgery, fat freezing or injections!
Before we get into the details, let me be clear about one issue that is consistently discussed on our social media platforms. When fat is broken down and metabolized, it is done in a safe way that does NOT spike the estrogen into the blood. Here are the results of what we tested in the blood. Fat is dispelled at a normal, safe metabolic rate, and the rate of fat removal will also not cause the fat to redistribute, nor will the body be compelled to make new fat cells.
Below is a glossary of terms that will help you jump down the science rabbit hole:
– Lysis – breakdown of a cell
This is what we refer to as “popping” fat cells in some of our videos. There are many ways a cell can be broken down in the body, which we’ll explain later in this blog.
– Myokines – proteins or peptides released by skeletal muscle in response to exercise or muscle contraction
They function as communication or signaling between skeletal muscle and the target system or organ. They also function as hormones and circulate in the blood and plasma. They are believed to mediate the physiological effects of exercise and play a role in the body’s metabolic processes.
– Thermogenesis: process of heat production in organisms
– Lipolysis: breakdown of fats and other lipids into free fatty acids which can be used for energy in the body (occurs in energy deprivation like intense exercise)
Example of lipids: triglycerides, cholesterol, free fatty acids
The following hormones are secreted into the blood by the endocrine system organ and are involved in lipolysis: glucagon, epinephrine, norepinephrine, ghrelin, growth hormone, testosterone, and cortisol. Low levels or deficiencies of any of these hormones can impact the ability of lipolysis and other fat metabolism pathways. NOTE: Any activity that causes lipolysis also causes thermogenesis. Thermogenesis can not occur without lipolysis also occurring.
– FNDC5: the gene responsible for producing the hormone Irisin
– Irisin: considered a myokine and a hormone
Irisin is released from skeletal muscle tissue in response to muscle contraction and exercise. It circulates in the blood and plasma, and functions to stimulate the conversion of white adipose tissue into brown adipose tissue. It was discovered in 2012, and created from the gene FNDC5.
– Adipose Tissue: an anatomical term for loose connective tissue composed of adipocytes.
Its main role is to store energy in the form of fat, although it also cushions and insulates the body.
– Adipocytes: cells that primarily compose adipose tissue, specialized in storing energy as fat
Adipocytes are found throughout the body but have a large distribution in areolar connective tissue (fascia). Fat is used as an energy source, and excess fat is stored in adipose tissue.
Alright, now that we understand what all these things are, let’s talk about the two kinds of fat cells:
1. White Adipose Tissue or “WAT” (a.k.a. the yucky kind)
2. Brown or Beige Adipose Tissue or “BAT” (we like these)
You are born with a specific amount of adipocytes (fat cells) at birth; your body doesn’t actually lose the amount of adipocytes, however, the ratio between the 2 types changes throughout your life.
Let’s talk about WAT first (the yucky kind). White Adipose Tissue is comprised of mostly triglycerides and cholesterol. These store energy and any excess calories or energy in the body will cause them to increase in size. If energy storage consistently outnumbers the amount of energy consumed, the fat content of WAT reaches maximum levels (up to 4x the original size) and the cells will separate, increasing the amount of WAT in the body. A sedentary lifestyle usually results in a larger ratio of WAT.
The purpose of Brown/Beige Adipose Tissue (BAT – we like these) is to generate heat or maintain body temperature. So instead of just storing energy, BAT BURNS CALORIES and is responsible for thermogenesis (go check the glossary) in the body, transferring energy from food into heat. Even though brown adipose tissue cells are the healthier kind, like most systems in the body, BAT also needs to be stimulated as it will atrophy if you’re not using the energy. BAT will turn to WAT if you DON’T exercise or eat right, since the body will need more storage for the excess calories. FasciaBlasting, exercise, proper nutrition, and hydration will keep your BAT stimulated. Athletes, fitness freaks, and people who are more active have a larger ratio of BAT.
So now you’re probably wondering “what does the FasciaBlaster® have to do with all this?” Here’s where Irisin comes in (that’s right, glossary check). Irisin is a myokine and hormone that functions as a muscle-derived energy expenditure signal (fat burning hormone). It converts WAT into BAT (basically, bad fat to good fat – yay!) through the body’s natural thermogenesis process. Irisin communicates directly with the adipose tissue (fat cells) to induce converting of fat cells from “white” to “brown.” The amount of Irisin circulating in your body depends on age and skeletal mass. Those who are younger and in better physical condition will have higher Irisin levels.
The musculoskeletal system is being considered more sensory and secretory than we had thought, and it communicates through myokines (go ahead, scroll up…no one is judging!). Myokines are like the little messengers that send signals and communication to the cells. They’re also involved in the change in metabolism that your body experiences during or after exercise (we like them!).
Contracting the muscle while FasciaBlasting provides a strong base beneath the FasciaBlaster® and allows it to affect the soft tissue structure and break up fascial adhesions and distortions. You can learn more about fascia here, and here is the science behind the FasciaBlaster®. Muscle contraction signals the Irisin release, which is created by breaking down the FNDC5 gene (glossaaaaaary!).
In other words, when you use the FasciaBlaster® over a contracted muscle, you stimulate the secretion of Irisin (fat burning hormone) which helps to convert your fat cells into cells that actually BURN calories and increase your body’s metabolism! The other exciting news is that in our independent study we saw a reduction in subcutaneous fat even WITHOUT contracting the muscle. It’s a win, win!
Another way the FasciaBlaster® increases the converting of WAT into BAT is by increasing blood flow. Brown Adipose Tissue cannot work in isolation, it requires proper neural connection and blood flow in order to effectively burn energy. Under increased thermogenic demand (such as after FasciaBlaster® use), the capillaries and pre-adipocytes have the ability to divide and form new cells. The number of brown adipocytes, capillaries, and nerve terminals all increase according to the demand placed on them.
This means that with proper blood flow and nerve activity, the effectiveness of Irisin and Brown Adipose Tissue is enhanced and more conversion of WAT to BAT can occur, resulting in decreased fat content.
Muscle contraction and FasciaBlasting help to convert the “white fat” from inactivity and excess energy intake (calories) into “brown fat”. Basically, with more BAT and less WAT, the body is storing less energy (calories) and BURNING more! #yay
The FasciaBlaster® increases demand for blood flow and new capillaries form which optimizes the process of thermogenesis (WAT to BAT) and revs up the body’s fat metabolizing potential!
Using the FasciaBlaster® causes two different fat metabolic response processes – lipolysis (breakdown of fats) and thermogenesis (heat production in organisms) – to occur naturally in the body. This is how the FasciaBlaster® can actually cause you to lose inches, just like we’ve been seeing in all the amazing results sent in by our users. Now you know the science behind the “magic”!
For best results, we recommend beginning by FasciaBlasting over a relaxed muscle for at least ten sessions, followed by muscle activation exercises to isolate and contract the muscles before attempting to FasciaBlast over a contracted muscle.
Side Note: My Blaster Oil was designed especially for my beloved Blasters, but there’s so much more to it than just the AMAZING scent! It was compounded with 3 patented algaes that are proven to encourage thermogenesis and in turn, the conversion of WAT into BAT. You can find the complete list of ingredients here. The FasciaBlaster® and Blaster Oil are a dynamic duo that work together to aid the body’s natural fat burning process!
If you stuck through all that jargon mumble-jumble, kudos to you! You’re remarkable, and now you know all about the way we burn fat and can officially lecture your friends and family with your new knowledge of this science!
- Irisin Stimulates Browning of White Adipocytes Through Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase p38 MAP Kinase and ERK MAP Kinase Signaling
- Brown Adipose Tissue: Function and Physiological Significance
- Adipocyte differentiation and transdifferentiation: plasticity of the adipose organ
- A PGC1-α-dependent myokine that drives brown-fat-like development of white fat and thermogenesis
- FNDC5 and irisin in humans
- Role of myokines in exercise and metabolism