Sleeping Longer Can Help You Lose Weight
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When I was younger I hated sleep. I always thought I was going to miss something important. As I got older though, I grew to love sleep. In fact, I want more of it! I have wonderful news for you today. Sleeping longer can help you lose weight! That’s probably one of the best news you’ve heard all week right?
The Benefits Of Sleeping Longer
Stop Late Night Snacking
If you sleep more hours a day that is less time that you can stuff your face with food you don’t need to eat. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, over the course of seven days, they found that sleep-restricted subjects (sleeping from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.) gained more weight than their well-rested counterparts (sleeping from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.).
The reason for this is because they ate 550 calories from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m., a time that the other group spent in bed asleep. If people continue on this same eating routine it can actually cause a 2-pound weight gain a week!
Burn More Calories
This sounds absurd. Logically, I would think that staying up longer would help you burn more calories, however, I am wrong. In a study conducted the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition—a well-rested person burned five percent higher calories when they were simply sitting than their tired counterparts. They also burned 20 percent more calories after a meal versus sleep-deprived people.
This is because your glucose levels and metabolism slows down when you are sleep deprived.
Boost Fat Loss
A recent study from the University of Chicago compared the weight-loss results from sleeping eight and a half hours per night versus only five and a half hours per night. In both conditions, people ate the same number of calories (about 1,450 calories per day). While both groups lost about six and a half pounds, more than half of that weight was fat for well-rested people, compared to only a quarter for tired participants.
These facts and studies have proven to me that sleeping longer can help you lose weight. Just how much sleep is needed though? According to the research, I have conducted on sleep and weight loss, seven to nine hours of sleep are needed to rest muscles and your brain.
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