Fat Loss, Fat Lysis, & the FasciaBlaster®
by Ashley Black
In this blog we’ll discuss fat loss, the FasciaBlaster’s role in it, basic processes that affect fat metabolism in the body, and the science behind it! I know that not everyone is a scientist or medical 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 fat metabolism and the FasciaBlaster®. So get your notebook, sharpen your pencil, and let’s do this! The information in this blog is our hypothesis based on previously published research, and we’re so excited to share it with you! As some of you know, we’re currently conducting 3rd party clinical trials, and we’re stoked about getting even more information to you all once the studies are completed, so stay tuned!
As I mentioned, things are gonna get a little technical, so here is a glossary of terms you can refer back to in case you get lost:
- Lysis – breakdown of a cell
This is what we refer to as “popping” in this video. There are many ways a cell can be broken down in the body. We believe that using the FasicaBlaster® incorporates different ways of breaking down the fat cells (we get into this later on in the blog) with formal research being available soon.
- 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
Discovered in 2012, created from the gene FNDC5. It 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.
- Adipocytes – fat cells composed in adipose tissue
Fats are used as an energy source, excess fat is stored in adipose tissue. Adipocytes are found throughout the body but have a large distribution in areolar connective tissue (fascia).
Alright, we got through the glossary so now we understand what all these things are. Now let’s talk about the two kinds of fat cells:
– White Adipose Tissue or “WAT” (a.k.a the yucky kind)
– Brown/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 Triclycerides and cholesterol. These store energy and any excess calories/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 since they transfer energy from food into heat. Even though brown adipose tissue cells are the healthier kind, like most systems in the body, BAT also need to be stimulated as they will atrophy if you’re not using the energy. BAT will turn to WAT if you DON’T exercise or eat right, and the body needs more storage for the excess calories. FasciaBlasting, exercise, and 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 which functions as a muscle-derived energy expenditure signal (fat burning hormone) that converts WAT into BAT (basically, from 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 ages 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 secretatory 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!).
Muscle contraction provides a strong base for the FasciaBlaster® to come in and affect the soft tissue structure and break up fascial adhesions, distortions, and tension (read more about fascia here and about the science behind the FasciaBlaster® here). Muscle contraction signals the Irisin release, which is created by breaking down the FNDC5 gene (glossaaaaaary!).
In other words, when you use the FasciaBlaster® with 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!
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. This is what I mean by “gobbling up the fat cells” in my fat lysis video. New capillaries form, allowing more blood flow, which in turn enhances the efficiency of thermogenesis (WAT to BAT) and the body’s fat metabolizing process.
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
So to tie it all together, using the FasciaBlaster® causes two different fat metabolic response processes – lipolysis (breakdown of fats) and thermogenesis (heat production in organisms) – to naturally occur 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”!
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 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