A LONGER night’s sleep can help you lose weight. That’s the fascinating finding of a research study just published in America. It’s particularly good news for everyone who’s on my Slimpod programme, because it’s well-documented that listening to a pod helps most people get a better night’s sleep.
In fact, in Level 7 of the Gold programme there’s a video I’ve made on this very subject!
Researchers at Chicago University took 80 people who were overweight and who get less than 6.5 hours of sleep a night and randomly split them into two groups.
One group were told to maintain the same sleeping habits and the others were told to increase their sleep to 8.5 hours.
After two weeks, it was discovered that the group who got more sleep consumed on average 270 calories fewer than the other group.
Because there’s no need to count calories when you’re on the Slimpod programme, you may have forgotten how much 270 calories actually is…
About the same as three chocolate digestive biscuits or a bag of Macdonald’s fries!
When I first read about the study in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, I was a bit puzzled about how the scientists in Chicago were able to work out the calorie consumption of the two groups.
It turns out that by taking urine samples last thing before sleep and again on waking, it is possible to run tests that determine how the body is processing energy.
In an echo of what I tell podders in the Slimpod Gold programme, the study found that everyone is different.
While the average drop in consumption was 270 calories, the results varied from person to person. One of them increased calorie intake by nearly 500 calories, while another one’s consumption decreased by over 750 calories.
What conclusion can we draw? Esra Tasali, a co-author of the study, says: “Getting sufficient sleep could be a game-changer in our battle with the obesity epidemic .”
“I think another important message is that something as simple as limiting electronics close to bedtime can help you get more sleep.
“Getting sufficient sleep is not only important for your brain functions but also for your body, your metabolism and your weight.”
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