Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Weight Gain: Is Your Phone to Blame?

If you’ve noticed a few pounds creeping on there could be many reasons, but it may be worth a minute of your time to think about your smart phone habits.  Do you find yourself sneaking a peek at your phone throughout the day?  Those moments add up.  In fact, some studies have shown that the average student spends 5 – 8 hours a day looking at their phone!  For most of us, these hours are sedentary. 

Smart phones have been implicated in mindless eating and certain apps make it very easy to order convenient, high-calorie take-out.  For those who use their phones while working out, studies have shown that texting or talking during exercise causes a reduction in intensity.   Sometimes a workout is derailed altogether by a distracting website or worse, by an accident due to split attention. 

Researchers have suggested that the blue light emitted from a smart phone can interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm to cause insomnia which may lead to weight gain. 

If you are interested in cutting back on your phone use, there’s an app for that!  (Oh, the irony!)  “Break Free” and “Moment” are two such apps.  “Moment” allows you to set a limit on your daily use.  Even if you are not interested in a limit, it may be worthwhile to find out just how much you’re using your phone and re-purpose some of that time for physical activity.