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      The Impact of Sunlight on Your Mood and Weight Loss Goals

      Do you want to feel happier and healthier? Sunlight exposure offers a natural path to achieving both. This article explores the mood-boosting and weight loss benefits of getting regular doses of sunshine.

      Sunlight Boosts Your Mood

      Sunlight exposure helps your body produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is a nutrient that lifts your spirits and makes you feel good. Likewise, lack of sunlight can make you feel sad or depressed.

      How does it work? Sunlight's brilliant rays tells our brains to release mood-boosting chemicals like serotonin and endorphins, infusing us with energy and positive emotions. Additionally, it helps regulate our sleep cycles, promoting restorative rest. By basking in the sun's radiance, we unlock heightened vitality and well-being.

      People with seasonal affective disorder especially benefit from sunlight and vitamin D supplementation (when sunlight is inadequate). This is when your mood drops during darker winter months. Getting daily sunlight helps relieve sadness and lack of motivation from this disorder.

      Sunlight Aids Weight Loss

      Sunlight can also help you lose weight in several ways:

      1. It helps control your appetites and cravings for unhealthy foods.
      2. It regulates hormones like leptin that control hunger and feeling full.
      3. It provides vitamin D which boosts your metabolism for burning calories.
      4. The bright light gives you more energy and motivation to exercise.

      When you get regular sunlight, your whole body functions better. You feel more motivated to be active. Your metabolism runs smoothly. As a result, maintaining a healthy diet and losing weight become more achievable.

      Leptin is a key hormone helped by sunlight. It sends signals to your brain that you are full after eating. With leptin working well, you do not overeat or have strong food cravings. Sunlight also reduces levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone that increases appetite.

      Getting vitamin D is vital too. Most people do not get enough vitamin D. It comes from sunlight exposure on your skin. Vitamin D regulates insulin and boosts your metabolism, the process of burning calories. With enough vitamin D, your body uses energy more efficiently to lose weight.

      3 Tips for Getting Regular Sunlight Each Day

      • To get the mood and weight loss benefits, try to get sunlight exposure every day. Experts recommend 10-15 minutes of midday sunlight if possible. Sit by a window if you can't go outside.
      • The best sun exposure times are between 10 AM - 2 PM. This is when the sunlight provides the most vitamin D. Morning sunlight also helps set your sleep cycle. Just 10-30 minutes per day of direct sun can make a big difference.
      • Be safe in the sun too. Use sunscreen if outside for over 15 minutes. This prevents burns and skin damage. A little unprotected sun exposure is healthy, but too much is harmful. So get your daily dose of sunshine, then cover up.

      Contact Us for Weight Loss Help

      Isn’t it cool how the healing power of sunlight can help boost your mood and weight loss efforts all at once? Are you feeling motivated to start a weight loss program? We can help you.

      Most major insurance plans are eligible for our doctor-supervised weight loss programs. We offer customized plans using proven strategies like nutrition, exercise, supplements and medication if needed.

      We’ll evaluate your unique situation and goals. Together we can design an effective weight loss plan to transform your life. Contact us today to see if your insurance qualifies!