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Add Adequate Sleep To Weight Loss Program To Get The Most Benefit

September 17, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Calorie restrictions and increased physical activity are the usual prescriptions for a weight loss program. But two Canadian researchers argue that adequate sleep should be included as well. The researchers said inadequate sleep stimulates the desire to eat more and increases appetite-regulating hormones. They found that total sleep time and quality of sleep were accurate predictors of fat loss in people participating in weight loss programs. “Sleep should be included as part of the lifestyle package that traditionally has focused on diet and physical activity," they wrote.
Jean-Philippe Chaput and Angelo Tremblay, "Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity", Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 17, 2012, © Canadian Medical Association
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