19 March 2011

Sleep and weight loss

We all have had evenings where we went to bed too late and got up too early right? A key point is that the following day, we usually eat more than usual. Have you ever asked yourself why this occurs?
Research shows that metabolic changes that occur due to loss of productive sleep may alter your sense of hunger, thus making you want to eat more. Now a new study has linked sleep duration with fat to muscle ratio loss in dieters. The study paired individuals into 2 groups, one experiencing healthy sleep duration while the other was made to become sleep deprived over several weeks. Both groups were put on a calorie restricted diet. The findings showed that the individuals that enjoyed normal sleeping patterns lost more fat than muscle while the sleep deprived group lost more muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat and burns more calories at rest. That means the more muscle you have, the more fat and calorie burning you're doing sitting around just twiddling your thumbs! If you thought just burning calories was all that was needed to lose weight, think again.
Truly being able to lose weight and keep it off involves dietary changes as well as behavior management, exercise and yes ... even a good night’s sleep.

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