Exhausted and Overweight

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    from Dr Weil's weekly newsletter:

    Everyone knows the basic contributors to obesity: eating too much and exercising too little. But why is cutting calories so difficult for so many people? Recent research suggests that lack of sleep may be a prime culprit. Researchers from Universite’ Laval’s Faculty of Medicine in Quebec City, Canada, studied the habits of 422 grade-school students. They found that the risk of becoming overweight is 3.5 times higher for children who get less than 10 hours of sleep nightly than for those who get 12 or more hours. No other factor analyzed in the study, including parental obesity, family income or even physical activity, had as much impact on obesity as time spent sleeping.

    Other studies have shown a similar link in adults between lack of sleep and obesity. The reason proposed is that sleep deprivation boosts ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates the appetite, and reduces leptin, which suppresses appetite.

    This does not surprise me. Adequate sleep is a fundamental building block of good health, and it makes sense that skimping on sleep could throw hormonal regulation of appetite out of whack. It also makes sense when one considers that obesity and sleep deprivation seem to be rising in tandem in modern society. Getting more sleep is obviously not the whole answer to conquering obesity, but for those who struggle with this issue, it should be an important part of any plan to take control of the problem.
     
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    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great info James:kiss:
     
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    i think mothers of young children are generally sleep deprived.
     
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    I agree and can testify to this suggestion! it's definately true...I did the things suggested to your "homegirl" Oprah (lol) by her personal trainer, tom green (or bob) and it works....
    1..exercise 5, yes 5 times a week at least 30 minutes.
    2..eat 5 fruits a day, 3 meals a day and eat lean meat. Eliminate white, starchy things for a while: rice, pasta, white bread, white flour, etc.
    3..drink plenty of water.
    4..STOP eating at least 3 hrs. before your bedtime:cut off for eating is 7:30pm..so you don't lay on food.
    5..GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP...if you're following this program then, yes....you'll need 8 hours of sleep!!! eventhough you'll have energy, you will be READY to sleep when the time comes. because you will want to get up early the next morning to workout and cook breakfast, shower, pack your lunch and get your snacks for the day BEFORE you go off to work, school, etc.
    It's logically correct-think about it...if you're tired? you dont wanna do "jack S*it"!!! I've done all this routine before tried, succeeded and relapsed to the way i was before. do whatever it takes to stay on track.
     
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