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Lose weight, not sleep: the patented app designed to eliminate excess weight

Sadie Hale Apps, Gadgets & Apps 2 Comments

A new app has been released which aims to help you lose weight by cutting out unnecessary stress in the morning.

Developed by a neuroscientist, the Weight Loss Alarm Clock allegedly reduces stress levels upon waking up by playing a soothing Tibetan alarm sound as opposed to a more blaring noise, which in turn produces a less tense reaction in the body.

Aggressive alarms can cause stress to the body, making it release a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol affects fat distribution by causing fat to be stored around the middle, which can lead to excess fat around the organs – so the elimination of this stress could help to equalise levels of cortisol in the body.

A study by Yale University found that otherwise slim women with high stress levels carried more fat around their abdomens, and their bodies released large amounts of cortisol. This app could make a small contribution in redressing that balance.

We’ve all felt that sudden jolt of panic when a loud alarm interrupts a deep sleep – although whether switching the foghorn for the dulcet tones in this app can truly make a difference to our weight remains to be seen. Sweet dreams.

Sleep cycle: Weight Loss Alarm Clock 1.1 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide. It is also available for Android.

 

Image via Pedro Ribeiro Simões at Flickrcc

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By Sadie Hale | July 21st, 2014





  • Hilary

    I was over weight and tried so many things. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 18 pounds in one month without much exercise and it’s been a life changer. I’m a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I’ve been doing then I’d be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at secretosdelara@gmail.com and I’ll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I’ve tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day

  • Dmarcotte

    I was interested to see the information about the release of cortisol and how it correlates to accumulating fat. If reducing stress is the key to losing weight I would like to suggest going to bed earlier so you wake up naturally before your alarm goes off. I know as a working mom sometimes that is impossible, but in the long run more sleep will help with more than just your diet.

    I went on a diet 2 months ago and one of the aspects of my diet was to work towards getting enough sleep – It really seemed to help and now I usually wake up a few minutes before my alarm even goes off – what a difference in how I start my day. If you are interested in details stop by my website http://www.justloseitmom.com – I thought creating a website might keep me motivated to keep going and so far it has worked.