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How sleep can cut calories
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The 270-Calorie Sleep Trick
An extra hour in bed can do more than just help your mind -- it can also improve your body.
Researchers found that prioritizing sleep helps you eat less significantly food. When participants improved their sleep from 6.5 hours per night to 7.5 hours per night, they ended up eating 270 fewer calories per day. To be clear: emphasizing more sleep was the only change that was made. The participants didn't add supplements, change their exercise, adjust their diet, or get any new dietary advice.
A lack of quality sleep is linked to weight gain because of the way sleep deprivation disrupts the brain chemicals that influence hunger. When you don't get enough sleep, you're more likely to feel hungrier, have more trouble feeling satisfied when you eat, and crave more caloric foods (think sugar and fat).
If sleep is problematic for you, start slowly. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier and waking up 15 minutes later. Once you master that habit, try sleeping 30 minutes earlier and waking up 30 minutes later. In no time, you'll be getting the extra hour you need to feel your best.
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