How getting more sleep could be the key to losing weight because we’re less likely to snack on unhealthy treats
GETTING more sleep could be the key to losing weight, scientists suggest.
An average of eight hours per night leaves people less likely to snack on unhealthy treats.
Researchers found those who get between seven and nine hours most nights have fewer hunger pangs.
They are also more likely to choose healthier foods and have energy to exercise. Past studies have shown the average Brit gets fewer than seven hours’ kip each night.
Nutrition expert Dr Wendy Hall, from Kings College London, said: “If people are less tired, they may be less inclined to choose sweet, energy dense foods. They also have less opportunity for late-night snacking.”
Sleep loss — mostly due to shift work, computer gaming and smartphones — is said to cost the economy around £40billion each year.
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Dr Hall said being tired can upset the balance of hormones that control appetite.
She told the British Nutrition Foundation conference in London: “Extended sleep can lead to a significant reduction in intake of free sugars.
“Sleep duration could influence food choice and contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.”
Dr Leonie Ruddick-Collins, of Aberdeen University, said eating more food earlier in the day can help digestion and prevent weight gain.