Lose weight with each sunrise

Morning light

We know that light exposure affects body fat (ex. low sun exposure can lead to lower vitamin D levels, which has been associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease…). But did you know that natural morning light exposure accounts for 20% of your BMI?! A study found that those who had exposure to morning light had lower BMI than those who got exposure later during the day. And just 20 to 30 minutes of exposure is enough to shed some lbs.

I choose to take 5000U of vitamin D daily. (I do not recommend these doses without doctor’s supervision and blood tests.) I also use a SAD light therapy lamp which is effective for regulating circadian rhythms, especially during the winter. I recommend keeping one in your office if you’re indoors most of the day. But most important is to get out and soak up some of that early bright morning light!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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