Seven Hours of Sleep is Best for Weight Loss

We all know sleep is important-for various aspects of living a healthy life. But especially weight loss, which should be of no shock to you.

Today was living proof of this for me. I went to sleep around 2 a.m. and my natural alarm clock woke me up at 7:30 a.m. today, as it does everyday. Throughout the morning, I felt seemingly groggy and by 11 a.m., after sitting on the couch for what I expected to be only a few minutes, I was out cold for about two hours.

By the time I woke up, I sure did have time to go out, go grocery shopping, prepare a nice healthy meal, and later go to the gym. But did I have the energy to do all this. No. No way, Jose.

Between 2 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., I only got about 5 1/2 hours of sleep-not nearly enough for someone on the track to lose weight! This lack of sleep completely drained my energy to the point where I couldn't accomplish what I needed to for the day.

In a recent article in the Huffington Post by Dr. Jacob Tietelbaum, an internist, Tietelbaum said that the ideal amount of sleep a person who is trying to lose weight should get. He also cited a six-year study that followed individuals attempting to lose weight and the duration they slept over a six year period.

The study found that those who got at least seven hours of sleep had more success with their weight loss.

Sleep is a tricky thing, though, when you're juggling a busy schedule. How do you cope with sleep affecting your weight loss?

Here is the link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-teitelbaum-md/sleep-your-way-to-skinny_b_824761.html

posted @ Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:19 PM

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