Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sleep More To Weigh Less

Here’s a win-win: Sleep more to weigh less. People who don’t catch their z’s eat nearly 300 more calories a day.
Hey, sleepyhead, go back to bed. Not only will you be better rested, you’ll also eat fewer calories in the day. According to a study at Columbia University, people who got four hours of shut-eye a night ate 300 more calories a day, compared to those who banked nine hours of sleep each night. Women were more likely than men to overindulge, averaging 329 extra calories, compared with men’s 263.

Another study on the effects of diet and sleep found that drowsy dieters produced higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger and slows down the body’s fat-burning mechanism. So not only are you famished and eating more when you’re sleep-deprived, you’re also burning less fat. That’s why you should do your waistline a favor and sleep in.

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