Snooze to lose weight

The number of hours you sleep could help you lose weight

Scientists have found a way to manipulate the genetic factors which help define weight. In a study of 1088 pairs of twins, it was found that sleeping for less than seven hours per night was linked to a higher bodyweight, and sleeping for nine hours or more was associated with lower body weight.

There are a number of genes associated with obesity. They affect how the body stores fat, the feeling of being full after eating, how the body uses energy and how quickly sugar is used up. The influence of these genes on the body mass index (BMI) was twice as great in those who slept for less than seven hours, compared with those who slept for more than nine hours, meaning that it may be possible to partially negate a genetic predisposition to obesity.

More tests still need to be done, but the lead author of the study, Dr Nathaniel Watson, has suggested that weight loss measures, such as dieting, may be more effective when coupled with extended sleeping hours.

To find out more read The Telegraph article Sleeping for more than nine hours may help weight loss





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    kino
    24th Aug 2012
    1:57pm
    Want to loose weight? Avoid dairy products!
    Of the 59 hormones found in cows milk one is a powerful GROWTH hormone called Insulin- like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). By a freak of nature it is identical in cows and humans. This hormone is considered to be a "fuel cell" for any cancer...
    Tthe medical world says IGF-1 is a key factor in the rapid growth and proliferation of breast, prostate and colon cancers, and more.
    IGF-1 is a normal part of ALL milk... the newborn is SUPPOSED to grow quickly! What makes the 50% of obese consumers think they need MORE growth? Consumers don't think anything about it because they do not have a clue to the problem... nor do most of our doctors. 
    Avoid anything that comes out of a cow.
    Desiree
    25th Aug 2012
    1:06am
    I think this is very logical. Let me see if I can sleep 20 hrs a day I should lose a fair amount of weight as I won't be awake long enough to eat too much. Sounds good to me.
    kino
    25th Aug 2012
    8:30am
    I'll second that!!!


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