Someone who is trying to lose weight should pay attention to the lighting exposure to the surrounding environment. A study showed that the artificial light of an electric lamp may be an obesity-related risk factors.
“Artificial light can disrupt circadian rhythm or biological clock, which helps regulate sleep cycles. If this happens, the body will experience a condition called circadian desynchrony, which will be impaired metabolism and ultimately can lead to obesity,” said Cathy Wyse, a researcher at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Biological and Environmental Science, UK.
By reducing exposure to artificial light and sunlight to maximize natural lighting, one can avoid the risk of obesity.
As reported by prevention, on Friday (14.09.12), here’s how you can do to prevent weight gain due to lighting effects:
1. Eating fatty foods under dim lighting
When you are faced with a dinner consisting of foods containing saturated fats, such as red meat and dairy products, Dim lighting your dining room. Research shows that eating in a room with dim lighting could prevent a person from overeating.
Avoid dinner too close to bedtime so that digestion does not work as long as you sleep. This will disrupt the body’s metabolism, causing the food is not digested properly and will accumulate fat in the abdomen.
2. Get sunlight when you wake up in the morning
Exposure to sunlight in the morning for 15 minutes to wake the body cells after sleeping all night. Sunlight can also send a strong signal to the brain and makes the body ready to start the activity.
It can expedite and facilitate one’s metabolism in order to lose weight. As soon as you wake up, take a walk around the house or breakfast by the window, so that you may be exposed to morning sunlight is healthy.
3. Dim the room lights when entering sleep time
Room lights are kept burning brightly until late at night can disrupt the body’s production of the hormone melatonin, which induces sleep function. Production of the hormone melatonin increases if dark surroundings.
Quality of sleep definitely affects a person’s weight loss efforts, because people who sleep less have a poor metabolism and fatigue during the day which tends to lead to overeating.
To improve the quality of sleep, Dim the room lights when entering sleep or listen to soft music 45 minutes before bed to induce sleep by as much as 35 percent.