Study: This Small Change Could Help You Lose Weight

Attention junk food junkies...

April 30, 2018 - 1:24 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Do you have a tough time saying no to candy or chips? The solution may be to get a little more shut-eye, according to a recent study.

WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites reports that researchers looked at average-weight individuals who were not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

The people in the study were separated into two groups -- some kept their sleep habits of less than seven hours, and some tried extending their sleep by about an hour and fifteen minutes.

“The people who extended their sleep were consuming less sugar, less percent fat and less total carbohydrates," said Dr. Leslie Heinberg, a psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic.

Doctors say when when people are sleep-deprived, they tend to gravitate towards "junk" foods which are higher in sugar, or higher in fat. And while these types of foods may provide an initial rush of energy, Heinberg said, they will leave you with a crash later and eventually lead to weight gain. 

Heinberg said the study found making this small change -- getting just a little bit more sleep -- can not only help fight cravings, it can have a positive affect on your overall well-being.

“Just getting a little bit more sleep can help you lose weight, but it also is going to help you focus better. It's gonna help your mood, help your irritability, make you a saver driver,  more productive at work," Heinberg said.

Read more about the study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, at this link