Sleep and medical experts Michael Breus Phd. and Steven Lamm Md. created a study of seven readers of Glamour magazine to see if they would lose weight by getting more sleep.
The participants were required to get seven and half hours of sleep a night and not make any significant changes to their diet and exercise habits to see if sleep and sleep alone would lead to weight loss.
In fact the seven women lost 6 to 15 pounds each after 10 weeks. Do you lose weight while you sleep? yes indeed.
At least two dozen studies have shown people lose more weight if they get the right amount of sleep,about 8 hours of sleep a night.
Sanjay Patel Md. a researcher at Case Western University in Cleveland and his colleagues found that 70,000 women who slept 5 hour or less a night were 30% more likely to gain 30 pounds or more than those who got more sleep.
Some experts think that lack of sleep is a reason for the obesity epidemic.
The Influence of Hormones
What is the connection? Sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on hormones, that control the appetite: cravings and metabolism.
Women who are deprived of sleep have an increase in ghrelin,or the go hormone because it makes you want to eat more. There is also a drop in leptin, the stop hormone that tells you to stop when you are full.
The reaction is that the person wants more junkier high calorie food. The body craves chocolates,pastries, and candy that break down for fast quick energy.
Testers for weight loss during sleep during sleep noticed that participants were losing inches of fat off their waist,hip and thighs or areas that accumulate fat.
They discovered that the explanation for this was during sleep the brain secretes a large amount of growth hormone, which tells the body how to break down fat for fuel.
People who are tired do not make wise decisions when it comes to the diet. It is similar to being drunk and a person’s judgement is impaired.
Also a lack of sleep causes the brain reward center to rev up causing you to seek something that feels good and it is more difficult to ward off craving for food that’s not good for you.
Those who get the right amount of sleep,about 7 to 9 hours have more energy and snack less during the waking hours.
In the above study some women actually exercised more because they felt like doing it.
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