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Lack of Sleep Increases Calorie Intake

A recent study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, reveals that lack of sleep can induce people to eat larger portions of energy-dense food or food that are high in calories. As such, poor sleeping habits could increase the risk of becoming overweight in the long run. The research involved 16 males with normal weight.  In a buffet-like condition, the participants were asked to choose their ideal ration of 7 meals and 6 snack items under both hungry and satisfied conditions. In one condition, the participants had lack of sleep, while the other condition, they had a complete sleep (about 8 hours). Main […]

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Poor Nutrition Linked to Short Sleep

A new study revealed that certain food nutrients affect the length of sleep of people. People who have normal sleep usually have the most varied diet and conversely, while short or long sleepers have the least varied diet. The study led by Michael Grandner, instructor, was released online in advance of the printed copy in the journal Appetite. Data from the 2007-2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was analyzed and found out that very short sleepers have fewer than five hours of sleep a night. The very short sleep is linked to lower intake of lycopene (found in […]

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Kids Who Watch TV near Bedtime Sleep Less

New research shows that watching TV, playing video games or using the computer near bedtime makes children sleep less because it takes them longer to initiate sleep. Study leader Louise Foley, a researcher at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and her team looked into the relationship between screen viewing habits of children ages 5 to 18,  1 ½ hours (90 minutes) before bedtime and how long it took them to fall asleep. They found that children who spent more screen time before bedtime had more difficulty falling asleep. Experts say that the long-term effect may be a sleep […]

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Reasons Behind Diet Failures

Jessica Bartfield,MD, a medical specialist in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care states that many people resolve to lose weight every year but only 20% are able to achieve their goals. She adds that dieting is a skill that requires practice and learning, but most people do not decrease in size because of four top reasons. The number one reason people do not lose weight is that they underestimate the number of calories they actually consume in a day. She recommends paying attention to food portion sizes and increasing awareness of every […]

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Sleep Deprivation and Hunger Mechanisms

Studies regarding the effects of sleep deprivation have suggested different mechanisms in how it leads to weight gain. A recent study on the effects of sleep duration on the regulation of food intake reveals that the hormonal mechanisms that govern this process differ between the sexes. In what they consider the largest controlled clinical investigation on the influence of sleep reduction to food intake, principal investigator Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, FAHA and colleagues evaluated the effects of sleep duration on glucose regulation and hormonal influence on appetite in 27 men and women who were of normal weight and ages 30-45 years. […]

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