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Lack of sleep makes us eat more calories than usual

05 November 2017 - 01:11

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If you are feeling sleep deprived, better be careful about what you put on your plate, because it can have a great effect on your waistline! 

Researchers have determined how much additional calories a sleep deprived individual consumes. According to a 2016 meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who have not gotten enough sleep than the amount they usually get, consume an average of 385 calories more than their normal intake. And that's not all, the researchers have also found out that participants who lacked sleep ate a greater number of fat while the protein intake was less.

A bad night's sleep does not only make us cranky, it also makes us fatter because we crave more junk food, says scientists. Moreover, the participants did not move around much after a sleep deprived night, therefore instead of burning the extra calories, it's more likely that it was stored as fat instead. 

According to Reader's Digest, Women's Health have reported that regular consumption of the additional 385 calories per day can cause people to gain about a pound (0.45 kg) every nine days. This could result in the increased risk of developing health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

For those who are looking to lose weight, and struggling at that matter, researchers suggest the first thing to focus on is adjusting the sleep cycle. 


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