Are You Overweight Because You're Not Sleeping Enough?

Written by Tracy Lee

If you're like me, you probably wish that there was a way for you to lose weight without having to put in much effort, right?

Everyone knowsrepparttar importance of exercise and how it helps us with weight loss, but on some days don't we all wish we can just sleep in bed and lose weight atrepparttar 149468 same time?

Well, I've got some great news for you...

Sleep is a critical part of your weight loss program!

This is a little-known fact, but did you know that sleep can affect your weight? Rather, it'srepparttar 149469 lack of sleep that can make you put on unnecessary weight. You may actually lose more weight if only you were to sleep more every day. What an intriguing thought, isn't it?

In a review of several studies examiningrepparttar 149470 impact of sleep onrepparttar 149471 regulation of metabolism, Dr. Eve Van Cauter, Professor and Research Associate atrepparttar 149472 University of Chicago, noted thatrepparttar 149473 association between hormones and sleep was identified more than 30 years ago when it was reported that adult men secrete growth hormone duringrepparttar 149474 early phase of sleep. Since then, research has indicated a harmful effect of sleep loss onrepparttar 149475 endocrine system and glucose modulation.

One study examinedrepparttar 149476 effect of sleep debt and sleep recovery on hormone concentrations and glucose tolerance in healthy males ages 18-27. One week of sleep restriction produced dramatic results: a 30 percent slower response to bothrepparttar 149477 glucose tolerance test and acute insulin response compared with results in rested subjects. Sleep deprivation also raisedrepparttar 149478 24-hour cortisol profile.

Another study found that sleep deprivation resulted in 30 percent lower levels of leptin. Amazingly,repparttar 149479 effect is similar to that observed with caloric restriction (3,000 calories over 3 days), signaling a negative energy balance.

A more recent study examinedrepparttar 149480 effect of 10 vs. 4 hours of sleep on appetite. Subjects who slept 4 hours were always hungry and craved starchy, sweet, and salty foods. These results suggest that sleep deprivation produces a signal mimicking negative energy balance, inducing people to eat and thereby predisposing to obesity.

These results indicate an association between sleep debt and obesity. Sleep deprivation would affect glucose tolerance and leptin levels and increaserepparttar 149481 appetite for unhealthy foods. She noted that sleep restriction would have greater impact on obese individuals, who have higher leptin levels to begin with, and on older adults.

Organic Food: As healthy as you can get

Written by Barbara Camie

Healthy food grown withoutrepparttar use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, chemical preservatives or genetically engineered DNA is Organic. It is more labor intensive. Organic farming doesn’t use herbicides and other chemicals. Sorepparttar 149467 yield is much smaller and to buy, more expensive. But organic foods are high in vitamins and minerals, tempting a good population to include these diets in their lifestyle.

Benefits of Organic food •No pesticide, fungicides residues on food •No synthetic residuals built into plants •No genetically engineered organisms •Realistic flavors •High in vitamin •High in minerals •Higher in anti oxidants

The ‘Organic-certified produce’ is grown, harvested, stored and transported withoutrepparttar 149468 use of any synthetic chemicals or fumigants. They are processed according to uniform standards and USDA accredited organizations verify it.

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