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Trip the light? Fantastic!

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Rosanne Barr, Al Roker and Rosie O'Donnell are outspoken about their weight-loss surgery and its life-changing benefits. Rosanne was a pioneer in 1998 when she hit 350 pounds on her 5-foot-4 frame; Al lost 150 pounds, regained 40, and has lost some again. Rosie chose the surgery after a heart attack at 50 scared her into action.

Not for you? Well, if you've been struggling to achieve a healthy weight, you may want to give nine servings of fresh produce daily, 10,000 steps a day, and 7-8 hours of sleep nightly another try ... but add this newly discovered, weight-loss step into the mix: Get more natural light during the day and a lot less artificial light at night (those glowing screens are following you).

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that exposure to more than three hours of artificial light at night resulted in a 10.2 percent gain in waist-to-height ratio and a 10 percent gain in BMI over 10 years! And that's independent of calories eaten, physical activity or sleep patterns.

Also true: The longer a person was exposed to just 500 lux (a measure of luminosity) of natural sunlight and the longer nighttime light registered dim to dark, the greater the slim down. FYI: Indirect sunlight on a clear day delivers 10,000 to 25,000 lux; below 3 lux it's nicely dark; twilight is around 10. Clearly this is a bright idea that'll make it easier for you to lighten up!

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Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
 

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