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Sleep and Lose Weight

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Are you trying to lose weight without any success, even though you exercise and eat healthy? Are the weight loss tips you have tried not working for you? Then you might want to to look over your sleeping habits.

Sleep and lose 55% more body fat

If you want to lose weight you need to get enough sleep. A recent study from the University of Chicago found that people who sleep an average of 8.5 hours a night, lose 55 % more body fat than those who only sleeps 5.5 hours a night.

Lose weight: Eat as usual but sleep more

According to the Chicago study, the participants who slept longer lost more body weight compared to those who slept less, even though their food intake was exactly the same. Furthermore, the participants who slept longer also maintained their weight loss.

Sleep deprivation affects your appetite and metabolism

The experts explain that sleep deprivation interferes with both appetite and metabolism. If you don’t get enough sleep your body releases the hormone ghrelin. Ghrelin makes you feel hungry and this hormone also tells your body to store more fat. This means that you can reduce your appetite and increases your metabolism by simply getting enough sleep, and sleep for about 8.5 hours a night.

Source: University of Chicago

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