November 24, 2010
Losing weight may be one of the most common goals for the United States population, with obesity rates as high as ever. With millions of people using fad diets to try and shed a few pounds, it is amazing how the essential needs of the body are often neglected. A new study from two leading universities has found that a lack of sleep – in addition to too much sleep – can lead to fat gain.
It is rather well known that a lack of activity, overeating, wrong food choice, and eating at the wrong times can all contribute to obesity. More and more experts are also coming to realize that consuming harmful ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and hydrogenated oils can also lead to excessive fat gain. What people may not realize, however, is that lack of sleep also plays an integral role in the battle of the bulge.
In a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it was found that sleep deprivation played a large role in weight gain. In this study, 10 overweight participants were separated into two groups. One group slept for 5.5 hours each night, while the other group slept for 8.5 hours each night. This study was conducted over the course of 14 days.