December 29, 2010

Less Sleep Means Harder Time Losing Weight

Posted in New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:31 am by keepyourhearthealthy

photo by Filomena Scalise

Sleep can be elusive for people who maintain a busy life.  It’s well-known that getting less sleep is bad for your body.  A new study now proves that less sleep also sabotages your diet.

The latest study which has grabbed the media’s attention shows that people need to sleep more if they want to lose weight.  When comparing patients who slept more than 8 hours a night versus those who slept less than 6 hours a night, the people who slept more lost 55% more body fat!!  Scientists believe the cause for such a discrepancy is related to hormones.  When the body does not get enough sleep, certain hormones are increased which can make a person feel more hungry and retain more fat.

It seems the moral of this story proves what your mom always told you…go to bed early and get a good night of sleep!  It can help you lose more weight and feel better all at the same time.