Dr Michael Mosley says walking 30 mins a day at a specific time can help shed weight

The simple morning ritual not only promotes healthy living but also weight loss
The simple morning ritual not only promotes healthy living but also weight loss -Credit:Jon Cottam

Dr Michael Mosley has said that walking for 30 minutes at a specific time of the day can help people shed weight faster. Speaking on his Just One Thing podcast, the Fast 800 founder said that a brisk walk early in the morning doesn't just work wonders for weight loss, but it also promotes healthy living and can keep a person's sleeping pattern in check.

The expert explained: "As well as waking you up, bright outdoor light helps to reset your body clock, which in turn helps to regulate hunger, mood, body temperature and all sorts of other important bodily processes.

"Light levels outdoors are at least 10 times brighter than inside your house, and when this light hits sensors at the back of your eyes, this sends messages to a part of your brain called the pituitary gland, ordering it to stop producing the hormone melatonin.

"Melatonin is known as the 'hormone of darkness' because rising levels in the evening help put you to sleep at night. Studies have shown strong links between poor sleep and weight gain, so maintaining a healthy snoozing schedule is crucial for shedding pounds."

The Express reports that Dr Mosley also noted how a brief stroll can make the world of difference to your health. He added: "As well as exposing you to lots of light, any walk - short, long, fast or slow - will strengthen muscles and bones, reduce joint and muscular pain, burn a few calories and increase energy levels."

Mayo Clinic say that physical activity is 'important for weight control because it helps you burn calories' adding: "If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn about 150 more calories a day. Of course, the more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you'll burn."

The site continues: "A combination of physical activity and cutting calories seems to help with weight loss more than does exercise alone."