By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You want to keep the pounds off – get more exposure to natural light. That is the word from a Northwestern University study. Twenty minutes of natural light in the morning is associated with leaner figures.READ MORE: 3 Sharon Hill Police Officers Fired After Being Charged In Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
Researchers measured the light exposure of test subjects throughout the day with a wrist monitor. Exposure to bright light before noon was associated with lower body mass index even after controlling for other factors like diet, exercise and sleep.READ MORE: 74-Year-Old Woman Killed In Medford House Fire
The researchers say get outside even on cloudy days.MORE NEWS: Ex-Horsham Clinic Staffer Faces Child Sex Abuse Charges After Allegedly Sending Nude Pictures To Teen Patient
More research is needed before recommending natural light exposure as a helpful addition to weight-loss regimens. But in the case of getting outside and enjoying sunlight and fresh air, there are few arguments against it.