I’m always on the look out for new tips that can help excel my weight loss efforts and the latest one, more sleep for better weight loss. So does sleep help with weight loss? Study’s revealed that getting a goods nights rest will result in you making better food choices, which will all contribute to weight loss
It makes sense because you probably know yourself, when your tired and hungry the last thing you want, is to think about what you should be eating, instead we just tend to grab the first piece of food we come in contact with.
Taken from Chicagotribune.com, senior correspondent Ellen Warren wrote this on the subject of more sleep for weight loss
Study: Does Sleep Help Weight Loss
Here’s a new spin on the saying, “If you snooze you lose.”
What if the “lose” part applied to your weight? No, it’s not as simple as going to sleep and waking up slimmer. Alas.
But a recent Harvard study does suggest that people who get a good night’s rest find it easier to resist overeating — especially when it comes to gorging on high-calorie foods like ice cream, cheeseburgers or French fries.
We all know the temptation: You’re drowsy during the day, get hungry and head to the snacks aisle or a vending machine for junk food or a candy bar.
“Daytime sleepiness was positively related to greater hunger and elevated preference for high-calorie foods,” concluded the study, led by researcher William Killgore, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
MRIs of study volunteers showed why. Sleepier people had less activity in the self-control part of the brain — the prefrontal cortex. That’s the area “that puts the brakes on and slows you down from doing things you shouldn’t do”— like eating too much fattening, unhealthy food, says Killgore. Full and original article posted here.
I can totally relate to this, as there has been many times where I have had less than 5 hours sleep, only to wake the next morning grumpy, irritated and moody. Thinking and planning on what sensible foods to eat is the last thing on my mind.
So I would agree that having a good night’s sleep helps weight loss, provided that you are making and eating the healthier food choices.
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