Surprising Ways Your House Might Be Making You Gain Weight

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You know your diet and exercise routine affects your waistline. But could your house cause you to pack on the pounds, too? Here’s how your home may make you gain weight. You probably never realized one common arrangement that affects your physique (No. 10).

1. Your lighting triggers hunger

Friends eating a meal together
Friends eating a meal together | Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re like so many others, you’re probably not getting the full eight hours of sleep per night like you should be. Any sleeplessness you’re dealing with is making you crave junk food, Health notes — but that’s not all. Depending on how your house is lit, you might be hungrier than usual.

A study in the International Journal of Endocrinology found sleep-deprived adults who went about their day in dim lighting had less activity from the hormone that makes you feel full. On the other hand, the adults who spent more time in blue light, the kind you get from energy-efficient light bulbs, had higher concentrations of the hormone.

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