Skipping Sleep Contributes to Weight Gain

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We exercise and watch what we eat, but sometimes the weight just won’t budge.

It turns out a little more sleep may help tip the scales in your favor.

“There are two hormones that are really affected by a lack of sleep. One is leptin, and leptin tells your fat cells to basically decrease your appetite, and the other is ghrelin and ghrelin tells your body to increase your appetite,” said Tamara Melton, a registered dietitian and nutritionist.

Here’s a wake-up call: skipping sleep may lead to another sneaky source of weight gain.

“People who are staying awake longer, they’re often snacking on things, but they’re not healthy foods. So they found that about 300 extra calories that people tend to eat, they’re not healthy calories, and that could lead to weight gain,” said Melton.

Foods rich in tryptophan, like milk, cheese, and yogurt, complex carbohydrates found in cereals and crackers, and fiber-rich foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, may help support a good night’s sleep

Skip that night cap. Alcohol may disrupt your sleep, along with caffeinated drinks and chocolate.

Aim for eight hours and it may help you win your battle with the scale.

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