Washington : Injecting fat pockets with carbon dioxide gas may help reduce belly fat, scientists have found. "Carboxytherapy could potentially be a new and effective means of fat reduction. It still needs to be optimised, though, so it's long lasting," said Murad Alam, from Northwestern University in the US.
CO2 injections may help cut belly fat
It is believed that injection of carbon dioxide causes changes in the microcirculation, and damages fat cells. No randomised controlled trials for carboxytherapy efficacy and benefit over time have been previously conducted. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of carboxytherapy for fat reduction in a randomised, controlled trial, and to determine if any observed benefits persisted for six months.
The study consisted of 16 adults who were not overweight and were randomised to get weekly carbon dioxide gas injection to one side of their abdomens and a sham treatment on the other side once a week for five weeks. A high-resolution ultrasound detected a reduction in superficial fat after five weeks but not at 28 weeks. The patients' body weight did not change over the course of the study.