Sun-gazing, a new weight loss craze has swept across Hong Kong, but what is it and how does it help you to lose weight?
Well, basically this weight loss method involves people heading to the beach in the early morning and during the afternoon to absorb the energy from the sun rather than eating to consume calories.
Those who have just started would start off staring at the sun for just 10 seconds, before adding another 10 seconds every day.
After 9 months or so you should be able to stare at the sun for 44 minutes.
One fan of this method spoke to Hong Kong’s Coconut magazine who stated that they:
“..practice sun-gazing as a substitute for eating. Some of us who have finished the therapy now eat less, and others don’t have to eat at all.”
Potential dangers of sun-gazing for weight loss
Not only is staring directly at the sun dangerous, as it can permanently damage your eyes, but excessive time in the sun without protection could also increase your risk of skin cancer.
I certainly would not recommend this method without proper protection.
Are there any benefits of sun-gazing?
While it may sound ridiculous but the sun can help with your weight loss efforts.
When you are in the sun your body will start to produce vitamin D, which will then send a signal to your cells to burn fat.
Your brain also requires vitamin D to help keep hunger and cravings in check, while also helping to produce serotonin too. A hormone that helps to boost your mood, which will therefore help alleviate bouts of emotional eating.
How can you increase your intake of vitamin D?
If you use sunscreen then your body may not be able to produce enough vitamin D itself, which is where your diet becomes important.
To increase your intake of vitamin D then you should consume the following foods:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Oily fish
- Fortified orange juice
- Fortified milk
- Fortified cereal
- Beef liver
It may sound daft, but sun-gazing certainly has some benefits. However do the potential issues (skin cancer) warrant the risk? It is probably best to increase your intake of vitamin D through your diet, rather than excessive time spent in the sun.