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Want To Lose Weight? Morning Light Helps Shed Excess Pounds [Study]

Apr 12, 2016 06:33 AM EDT
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Has losing weight become an unbeatable giant over your life? Then early morning light may be the answer to shed off those extra pounds. 

Study shows that exposure to morning sunshine can help lose weight as the body's metabolism responds and activates through exposure to morning's "blue light". This is due to certain body genes correlated with the body clock strongly responds to light exposure, as per Telegraph

Scientists suggest exposure to more bright light between 8 a.m. and noon as it is the best time to receive more intense sunshine without much harm inflicted from ultraviolet rays.

"Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance," said Dr. Phyllis Zee, the study's senior author and Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Because there are different levels of luminance in every place, people may assume that the amount of light they acquire indoors are enough to supply the body's need for the circadian rhythm to stay synchronized and the metabolism to keep working properly, promoting weight loss.

The scientists, however, noted that the light acquired even on a cloudy day produces 1,000 lux of brightness. This is five times stronger than the light indoors, which only produces 200 to 300 lux of brightness and does not reach even the 500 lux of brightness requirement to achieve a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), Science Daily reports.

A recent intervention study also proved that morning light exposure can help people with obesity. Obese women, who have been exposed to morning light for 45 minutes every day for three weeks, have displayed a reduction in appetite and weight loss.

Very few can have the benefit of having time to walk in the morning and be exposed to morning light. Work schedules may be hindering most people from achieving a healthy and balanced weight. However, working out simple solutions like going outdoors during breaks can be a big contribution to a healthier lifestyle, according to Steady Health.

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