Sleep is a vital part of anyone’s life and work routine. But, what you may not realize is that sleep is also critical to the success of your health and weight loss.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that getting a healthy amount of sleep leads to more fat loss over time.
The study shows that people who maintain a calorie deficit lose more body fat when they get just over seven hours of sleep each night.
People who eat the same low calorie diet, but sleep just more than five hours a night, lose about the same amount of weight. However, people getting less that five hours lose more muscle than fat.
This means that even if you’ve got a very good food and exercise regimen, you could be sabotaging your results by missing out on sleep.
Not only that, but lack of sleep results in low energy levels, which might cause you to perform less intense workouts, or skip workouts altogether. This can lead to even less weight loss.
So, as you’re making healthy life changes to lose weight and increase healthy, lean muscle, consider making positive changes that will improve your sleep schedule.
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