What if you could shed a few pounds or prevent unwanted weight gain without changing your diet?
Good news. A new Northwestern study reveals how you can do it.
Your secret is as simple as getting some early morning light every day. The study shows that people who are exposed to even moderately bright morning light have a significantly lower body mass index “BMI” — a ratio calculated from a person’s weight and height — than people who had their first exposure to light later in the day.
“The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower individuals’ body mass index,” said co-lead author Kathryn Reid, research associate professor of neurology at Feinberg School Of Medicine.
Do you need to change your eating, sleeping, exercise habits to benefit? Is age a factor?
More good news. The influence of morning light exposure on body weight was independent of an individual’s physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season of the year.
“Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance,” says study senior author Phyllis C. Zee, director of Northwestern Medicine Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Program at Feinberg School Of Medicine. “The message is you should get more bright light between 8am and noon.”
How much morning light exposure is needed to impact BMI?
About 20 to 30 minutes of morning light each day is enough to affect your BMI.
How will you use this news?
Will you adjust your night-owl schedule to give yourself a half-hour of sitting or strolling in early-morning light?
During your morning light bath, will you see the dawn of possibilities you can create for yourself each day?
I’ll start walking my chunky chocolate lab dog for a half hour before noon each day, just in case she also will get the healthy-weight benefits of exposure to early morning light.
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