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The Surprising Thing That Might Sabotage Your Health

When you’re following a medical weight loss plan, it might feel as though unhealthy temptations lurk around every corner. One of the major culprits, however, might surprise you, and it’s possibly in your hand right now: your smartphone.

Your smartphone could be sabotaging your healthy habits and potentially even contributing to weight gain.

It might sound like a wild idea but consider the studies. College students who use their phones for five hours or more per day have a 43 percent higher chance of obesity than peers who spend less time on their phones.

Why? The weight gain effect likely has multiple origins.

Overeating. Another researcher found that those who spend more time on their phones are more likely to consume higher levels of sugar, particularly from sugary beverages. Screen time can be distracting, leading us to consume more calories without really noticing what we’re doing (especially if you’re just sipping a drink). Additionally, more time on your phone means more exposure to ads featuring processed foods (when was the last time you saw an ad for apples?).

Lack of exercise. Obviously, if you’re sitting and staring at your phone screen, you probably aren’t moving around. Even if you make a point to exercise for precisely forty minutes per day, the time spent on your phone takes away from time you could be doing something else (even if it’s not what you consider “exercise”).

Sleep interference. Finally, we know that using your phone before bedtime can disrupt sleep, thanks to the blue light in the screen which interrupts brainwaves that signal drowsiness. When you’re following a medical weight loss plan, or just maintaining your weight, regular and adequate sleep is essential for keeping hormones regulated.

Smartphones have become part of our way of life, and it’s probably difficult to avoid them all the time. These devices can also be helpful to some degree because calorie-tracking apps, music, and more can provide tools that support your medical weight loss plan. So, we’re not saying you need to give up your phone entirely. But if you monitor your phone use and discover that you’re on your phone more than a couple of hours per day, it might be time to cut back.

For more information on a weight loss plan that works in the long term, or to troubleshoot a weight loss plateau, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can help you decide if a small change in daily habits can kickstart more dramatic results.

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