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How sleep can help you lose weight

How sleep can help you lose weight

The side effects of not getting enough sleep are numerous, including decreased productivity, sleepiness, lack of energy, dark circles around the eyes, and several more. But did you know that sleep deprivation also affects your balance and makes it harder for you to lose weight?

The average amount of sleep an adult should get every night is seven and a half hours. According to a recent poll, however, almost half of the U.S. population gets six or less hours of sleep per night. And the side effects of not getting enough sleep are numerous, including decreased productivity, sleepiness, lack of energy, dark circles around the eyes, and several more. But did you know that sleep deprivation also affects your weight and makes it harder for you to shed pounds?

These are three of the main reasons why getting more sleep will help you if you are trying to lose weight:

 

Late-night snacks

When you stay awake at night, say after 12 AM, you get hungry and so you ingest calories that you don’t really need. While other people are asleep, you stay awake and eat. This can cause you to gain up to 1.5 kilograms per week.

 

Your body burns more calories

A study compared two groups of people: one group was well rested while the other had not gotten enough sleep for some time. The researchers found that, while not performing any physical activity, the group who was rested burned up to five percent more calories than those who were tired.

 

It helps you lose fat and lose weight

A group of researchers conducted an experiment aiming to study the relationship between sleep and fat loss: they put a group of people on the exact same diet with the same amount of calories every day. The only difference was that some participants were getting a good night’s sleep while the others were sleep-deprived. Both groups lost the same amount of weight, but those who were sleeping well lost significantly more fat than their counterparts who lost most of their weight in water and muscle.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.
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