Most people are so scared of the negative effects that the sunlight can have on us like sunburn and skin damage. But what about the positive effects it can have?
There are some known benefits like sun tan, vitamin D, and heat. But recent studies have found that sunlight an actually have a positive effect when you are trying to lose body weight. Here are 4 ways sunlight can help you lose weight.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain, and when these levels start to decrease, it can cause your mood to go down and can even lead to depression. It has been shown that serotonin levels tend to be lower among people who live in places that experience cold, dark winters. This is often referred to as Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). It can also affect other things like your appetite, and how easily you feel hungry or full.
Your hunger and appetite is mostly controlled by a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus works in collaboration with serotonin to tell you that you are full as soon as your body has reached its needed calorie intake. However, when a lack of sunlight affects the serotonin levels, this also affects the hypothalamus, and then your brain does not tell the body when it is full which can result in an overconsumption of calories.
- Brobeck’s Heat-Production Theory
This theory states that as your body temperature decreases, your hunger level goes up, and as your body temperature goes up, you feel less hungry. This is why we usually gain weight due to all the comfort food we eat along with sugary hot beverages we drink during the cold winter months.
Although we technically can still do most of the physical activities that we do in summertime during the winter, we don’t. Most people only end up exercising when the air is a bit warmer and the sun sets later during the spring and summer. People often stop exercising during wintertime, and instead start snacking on cookies and hot chocolate which can mean the kilograms pack on!