Is sleep the new diet?
Looking for an effortless way to lose a couple of pounds?
Wouldn’t it be great if we could sleep ourselves thin?
Imagine if after a big meal or all that Thanksgiving food we could just sleep away all those calories?
Well, we can… sort of.
There is a very strong correlation between sleep and weight loss.
A study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health published in the Annuls of Internal Medicine showed that Insufficient Sleep Undermines Dietary Efforts to Reduce Adiposity.
The study also showed that sleep reduction decreased the amount of weight lost as fat by 55% with 8.5 vs. 5.5 hours of sleep opportunity, and increased the loss of fat-free body mass by 60%.
It means that not getting enough sleep can sabotage your efforts to lose weight. It also means when we don’t get enough sleep we don’t lose as much weight and we actually lose muscle. The study also revealed that getting adequate sleep also helped control the participants' hunger.
This is something we all do every night anyway!
If we want to lose weight, we just need to get 8½ hours of sleep a night!