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Less Stress, Better Sleep May Help You Lose Weight
Date:3/29/2011

ia University researchers discovered that sleep-deprived adults ate almost 300 calories more a day on average than those who got enough sleep. And the extra calories mostly came from saturated fat, which can spell trouble for waistlines.

The researchers came to their conclusions -- which should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal -- after following 13 men and 13 women of normal weight. They monitored the eating habits of the participants as they spent six days sleeping four hours a night and then six days sleeping nine hours a night (or the reverse).

"If sustained, the dietary choices made by people undergoing short sleep could predispose them to obesity and increased risk of cardiovascular disease," the researchers wrote in an American Heart Association news release.

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For more information on obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Charles Elder, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Ore.; David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; March 29, 2011, International Journal of Obesity, online


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