Rise, shine, lose weight! Turns out the sun is your secret ingredient to get skinny. Catching a couple rays of morning light may be the key to slimming down, finds a study from Northwestern University.
People who soaked up the sun between 8 a.m. and noon were more likely to have a lower BMI than those exposed to light later in the day.
The reason? Researchers say morning sun synchronizes your internal body clock, which is known to regulate your metabolism and energy levels. Getting those rays in the morning is crucial because that’s when the sun is at its brightest.
“We focus on how too much light at night is bad; it’s also bad not to get enough light at the appropriate time during the day,” says study author Phyllis C. Zee, M.D..
All you need is about 20 to 30 minutes of morning light to reap the benefits. But a lot of people are missing out on this, says Zee.
If your bedroom or office isn’t exactly covered with windows, try stepping outside for a few minutes in the morning and during your lunch break. A little sunshine goes a long way!