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Want to Lose Weight? Get Enough Sunshine

Somehow I missed the discovery five years ago that researchers determined that the melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) regulates the balance of fat storage and metabolism. Their research also suggests that MSH integrates fat and glucose metabolism in the body. They believe that MSH causes the fat cells to release free fatty acids, while other cells are stimulated to remove them from the bloodstream and burn them.

Now the researchers have developed a patent on a synthetic MSH analog to use in obesity control. Their next step is licensing the discovery and working with a pharmaceutical company to develop and test clinical therapies. This will take many years before it is approved. But do you have to wait to apply this discovery? Heck no.

How can you do that?

Well apply what we already know about increasing your MSH levels. There are two primary actions you need to take. MSH is produced by two influences. Exposure to bright sunshine in the daytime. Full-spectrum authentic light, preferably outdoors, works best. The second key is to sleep in absolute pitch darkness. Ideally you should not be able to see your hand in front of your face after the room has been dark for awhile and your eyes have adjusted to the "dark." Even if this doesn't cause you to lose weight, there is compelling evidence that it will decrease your risk of developing cancer.

With the decreasing sunshine that we have this will be difficult to apply for many of us. However, I still think that this is a far better approach, and certainly less expensive and with far less side effects, than relying on some synthetic clone of the real hormone. My simple principle when evaluating this type of research is if at all possible don't mess with God's design.

Science Daily May 13, 2004

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