Battling a bulging belly? Or sporting a bit too much junk in the trunk?
Well, there’s something you need to know.
It’s NOT your diet.
It’s NOT your bad habits.
It’s NOT even your lack of willpower.
No, friend, if you’re struggling with weight loss… if your blood sugar is climbing through the roof… and NOTHING seems to turn it around, the real reason may not be on your dinner plate at all.
New research shows how the cause could be in something else entirely.
It could be your computer, your cellphone, your tablet, or a combo of all three devices. And that’s especially true if you tend to use them in the evening to watch videos, check your social media accounts, and read.
And it’s all because of a single color.
Weight loss troubles? It may be your phone’s fault
Once upon a time, living rooms were lit by the warm glow of the fireplace in the evening.
Then it was the not-quite-as-warm glow of the TV… followed by the ever-shrinking screens of phones and tablets, which millions of Americans now take right into bed.
But the new study reveals why that’s a terrible idea.
These devices emit high levels of what’s known as blue light.
Now, the screens don’t LOOK blue. As far as your eyes are concerned, it’s a perfectly normal image.
But your BRAIN sees the excess blue wavelengths used to create images on LED screens and thinks that blue light means blue sky. And blue sky, of course, means daytime.
See where this is going?
It messes up your internal clock and mucks with your metabolism. And in human studies, the use of LED screens at night – especially cellphones – has led to sleep struggles. And it can interfere with weight loss efforts too.
Singing the blood-sugar blues
But the new study on rats goes EVEN further.
It shows how these changes inside the body can do more than mess with your sleep.
It can alter your appetite, increase cravings, and wreck glucose control. Setting you up for weight loss disaster.
In the study, the rats ate more sugar after exposure to blue light and had more problems controlling sugar in the blood.
And all this happened… starting within ONE HOUR!
The new study finds that just 60 minutes of LED light exposure at night alters glucose tolerance so significantly that it was as if the rats in the study were suddenly on the fast track to developing prediabetes.
This didn’t just happen during the hour of light exposure.
This effect was found THE NEXT DAY.
In other words, an hour of watching something on your phone before bed – whether you’re reading the news, scrolling through Facebook, or enjoying a movie – could lead to blood-sugar-control problems the next day.
And the problems didn’t end there.
The rats in the study craved the sweet stuff, gobbling it down every chance they got.
So they ate MORE sugar, and their bodies were LESS capable of handling it. In other words, the perfect conditions for packing on the pounds and developing diabetes. Which means YOUR weight loss troubles could be caused by too much late-night screen time too.
The best solution, of course, is to cut way back on your use of LED screens at night. But if you do use one, be sure to turn on the “night mode” that most devices now have. This setting allows them to filter out blue light during evening use.