What if I told you, you could lose weight just by closing your eyes?
You’d start to look and feel better — and this whole secret wouldn’t cost you a penny.
Would you take my weight-loss challenge?
Well, you can start tonight by laying your head on your pillow and counting sheep.
That’s right. The secret is sleep. I know it sounds too good to be true, but more and more research is showing the relationship between getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy weight.
According to a new report, published in the October issue of Sleep, researchers found that turning in early and getting a good night’s rest is a natural way to lose weight.
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, followed 3,400 people from 1996 to 2009 and tracked their eating, sleeping, exercise and TV habits.
The researchers found that for each hour they stayed up later during the week, they experienced a 2-point increase in body mass index.
It didn’t even matter if they still got eight hours of sleep. Staying up late meant extra pounds.
While this research focused mainly on younger people, the results can be even worse as you get older and your metabolism slows.
You see, staying up late throws your hormones out of whack and can make you hungrier. It can even force your body to retain fat.
Of course, it leaves you sluggish and less likely to be active the next day.
So, if you really want to start to shed those unwanted pounds, turn off your television, put down your computer devices and hit the hay early.
You might see that weight melt away without having to cut a calorie.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Weight gain tied to later bed times, nytimes.com