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October 8, 2012
Lack of Sleep and Fat Loss
I know...we have all been told how important good sleep is, both in quantity and quality. Well, here's another reason:
A recent University of Chicago study (appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal) evaluated the effect of adequate sleep on managing body weight and body composition. The researchers studied overweight males and females in a sleep research center over two separate two-week periods. During each two-week period the participants followed the same low calorie diet, but they had different sleep schedules each session. During the first two-week period, the individuals slept 8.5 hours each night, while during the second session they slep only 5.5 hours each night.
Interestingly, the researchers discovered that while on 8.5 hours sleep each night, over 50% of the participants' weight loss consisted of fat, while on 5.5 hours of sleep each night, only around 25% of the participants weight loss consisted of fat. In summary, where these individuals lost weight from differs depending on how much sleep they got. Sleep more...lose more from fat and not muscle!!
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