Getting up and catching a couple quick sun rays—may help you LOSE WEIGHT according to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The findings revealed the people who got more morning light had lower BMIs than those who got less—and that was regardless of their age, how active they were, and what they ate.
There are two possible reasons why people who soak in more morning rays weigh less:
1.) Exposing yourself to light early in the morning as opposed to later in the day synchronizes your internal body clock, which means that you're more likely to have a natural and steady sleep schedule. As a result, your metabolism run more efficiently, which subsequently can lead to weight loss.
2.) Morning light is much stronger than afternoon or evening light. That's because there's a higher amount of blue light in the morning—and blue light is the kind that has the strongest effect on your circadian rhythm, say researchers.
Here's the good news: You only need to get as little as 20-30 minutes of morning sunlight between 8 a.m. and noon for the sun to work its magic. So take out for a brisk walk to combine the beneficial effects of the sun with your cardiovascular workout. If you're not a morning worker outer, try simply waking up a little earlier and enjoying your coffee outside with the sun shining down on your face.