Navigation Links
Moderate sleep and less stress may help with weight loss
Date:3/29/2011

(PORTLAND, Ore.) March 29, 2011 If you want to increase your chances of losing weight, reduce your stress level and get adequate sleep. A new Kaiser Permanente study found that people trying to lose at least 10 pounds were more likely to reach that goal if they had lower stress levels and slept more than six hours but not more than eight hours a night.

The paper, published today in the International Journal of Obesity, was the result of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Nearly 500 participants from Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Washington took part in the study, which measured whether sleep, stress, depression, television viewing, and computer screen time were correlated with weight loss. Several previous studies have found an association between these factors and obesity, but few have looked at whether these factors predict weight loss.

"This study suggests that when people are trying to lose weight, they should try to get the right amount of sleep and reduce their stress," said lead author Charles Elder, MD, MPH, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., who also leads Integrative Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. "Some people may just need to cut back on their schedules and get to bed earlier. Others may find that exercise can reduce stress and help them sleep. For some people, mind/body techniques such as meditation also might be helpful."

The study involved two phases: during the first phase, participants were asked to lose at least 10 pounds over six months. If they succeeded, they moved to the second year-long phase of the study, which tested a complementary acupressure technique against more traditional weight-maintenance strategies. Findings from phase two are not yet available.

During the study's first phase, all participants attended weekly meetings at which they were weighed and advised to reduce calorie intake by 500 calories per day, adopt a low-fat, low-sugar diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity to 180 minutes a week, and keep daily food records. People who kept more food records and attended more meetings were more likely to lose weight during this phase of the trial.

Participants also were asked to report levels of insomnia, stress and depression, and to record how much time they slept and spent watching television or using a computer. The research team found that sleep and stress levels were good predictors of weight loss, but depression and screen time were not.

People with the lowest stress levels who also got more than six hours, but not more than eight hours, of sleep were most likely to lose at least 10 pounds. In fact, nearly three-quarters of this group moved on to the second phase of the trial, and were twice as likely to be successful as those who reported the highest stress levels and got six or fewer hours of sleep per night.

Participants who qualified for the second phase were divided into two groups: one received monthly guided instruction in the Tapas Acupressure Technique, which involves lightly touching specific pressure points on the face and back of the head while focusing on a problem (i.e., maintaining weight loss). The other group also met monthly with a trained interventionist and a support group, but used more traditional nutrition and exercise techniques to keep weight off. Both groups met for six months and then were followed for another six months to see which group kept more weight off. Results of that phase of the trial should be available in late 2011 or early 2012.

The study authors caution that their findings may not apply to all groups trying to lose weight. The authors also noted that the participants were highly motivated, and that 90 percent had attended at least some college.

These studies are part of ongoing research at Kaiser Permanente to better understand weight loss and the key factors to maintaining optimum weight. Another Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research study last year found that the more people logged on to an interactive weight management website, the more weight they kept off. Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research also found that keeping a food diary can double a person's weight loss and that both personal contact and web-based support can help with long-term weight management.


'/>"/>

Contact: Danielle Cass
danielle.x.cass@kp.org
510-267-5354
Kaiser Permanente
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Tumors may respond to extreme and moderate heat
2. Smoking may counteract benefit of moderate drinking on stroke risk
3. Even Moderate Drinking Puts Many Older Adults at Risk
4. Study Challenges Notion That Moderate Drinking Protects the Heart
5. Moderate Drinking May Protect Brain From Alzheimers
6. Moderate Coffee, Tea Drinking Lowers Heart Disease Risk
7. Moderate chocolate consumption linked to lower risks of heart failure
8. Moderate drinking, especially wine, associated with better cognitive function
9. Moderate Drinking May Boost Risk of Breast Cancers Return
10. Moderate Alcohol Use Helps Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death: Study
11. Moderate Drinking Could Lower Death Risk for Kidney Transplant Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... To better understand the impact ... award to examine gender differences in lung cancer. Today, the Lung Association announced Sharad ... Cancer in Women Award, funded by the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, which ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 ... ... employee benefits advisory organization, is pleased to welcome new Partner Firm Austin & ... a personalized, consultative approach to insurance, employee benefits, HR consulting, benefits technology, and ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... ... Brunswick, New Jersey: This year marks Children’s Specialized Hospital ’s 125th anniversary of ... the hospital has themed the milestone “Hats Off” and kicked off the yearlong celebration ... May 21, at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey. , “Hats Off” ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... injury that focuses on repairing the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the human ... functional restoration, NYDNRehab began providing treatments for physical therapy in New York, including ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Growing in popularity, more and more people continue to live ... easily accessible. Whether someone chooses to cut gluten out of their life for personal ... Grocery stocks their shelves with many different gluten-free products all year round. And they ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/22/2016)... DS Biopharma (DS) today ... compound DS102 in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ... patients. Recent DS preclinical data suggests ... and has bronchodilatory, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties in ... will publish further detail on these findings later ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... LONDON , May 20, 2016 ... for Therapeutic Antibody Technologies, Insulins, Growth Hormones, Recombinant ... Emerging Biological Drugs - This New Study Reveals ... Stay Ahead ,What is the ... get the latest technological and commercial analysis. Staying ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... Calif. , May 19, 2016  According ... thirds of the world lacks basic diagnostic imaging. ... in the United States , ... to such technology. In fact, the WHO reports ... risk of avoidable or treatable death, simply due ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: