Want to Lose Weight? Turn off the lights!

by Maria on December 26, 2013

It’s a fact that thermogenic processes in the body—including exertion through exercise and activity, generating heat in reaction to cold temperatures, digestion of food, and sleeping —raise metabolic rate, and cause the body to burn calories.

Why is night-time darkness crucial for weight loss?

New research indicates that the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, whose levels usually increase in the dark at night, may encourage weight loss by helping your body produce a special kind of calorie-burning fat.

Besides, stimulating the presence of energy-burning body fats has been identified by scientists as a potential treatment for diseases associated with obesity, such as cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

So, should you start taking melatonin supplements, as part of your weight loss diet plan, in order to lose weight?

Well, the answer is no. The reason? The body’s natural production and calibration of melatonin is considered by health experts complicated and incredibly precise. Furthermore, scientists still don’t know enough yet about how melatonin supplements, even taken in recommended dosages, may best be used safely and effectively as a weight-loss treatment, or a therapy for metabolic disease.

Moreover, some health experts think that melatonin is a dangerous supplement because it is a hormone, which could trigger a vicious cycle in the brain.

However, the good news is, there are ways to stimulate the body’s own natural production of melatonin without supplements.

The following  strategies, which are, also, part of the foundation for a regular routine of sufficient good night’s sleep, can make a real difference in the ability to maintain a healthy weight, and can help to reduce the risks of serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders:

  1. Avoid night-time exposure to light;
  2. Soak up light early in your day;
  3. Exercise regularly;
  4. Consume foods that are good sources of melatonin, and fit well into a healthy diet, such as, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cherries, tomatoes, fennel, mustard, as well as the spices cardamom and coriander.

In conclusion, consider adding the above strategies to your healthy weight loss plan to produce melatonin naturally, and consequently, lose weight by turning your body into a calorie-burning machine! I believe you will benefit in a huge way! Thank me later 🙂

 

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