Sleep-A Powerful Influence on Weight

Sleep has a powerful influence on weight. When we don’t get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep a night, the hormones that control appetite are disrupted, carb cravings rage, and calorie intake rises. And some studies indicate that without eating a single morsel more, sleep deprivation causes weight gain.

A lot of people don’t get enough quality sleep. There are work demands, swing shifts, family responsibilities, unending “to do” lists, insomnia, sleep apnea, and the intrusion of electronics into our sleeping space.

Sleep 6 hours a night? You’re 23% more likely to be obese than those sleeping 7-9 hours. Just getting in 5 hours? Your risk increases to 50%. Only 4 hours? Your risk spikes to 73%. Wow, who knew that sleep was that important for a healthy weight?

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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