According to a new study from the University of Alberta, "lack of sufficient bodily exposure to sunlight may contribute to long-term scWAT (subcutaneous white adipose tissue) dysfunction and the current epidemics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease." That is: sunlight can help keep body fat away.
"When the sun's blue light wavelengths - the light we can see with our eye - penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don't store as much fat," says senior author of the study, Peter Light, speaking to Science Daily.
"If you flip our findings around, the insufficient sunlight exposure we get eight months of the year living in northern climate may be promoting fat storage and contribute to the typical weight gain some of us have over winter."
Guess winter weight is real. But while getting out of the house will not only get you a tan and help you keep off weight as well, always make sure you slip-slop-slap!