If you want to lose weight, you might want to skip the gym and hit the hay. French researchers now say that an extra hour sleep could be the key to losing weight. Of course, it still makes sense to make time for exercise and you still need a good diet, but after going over some 30 previous studies, the researchers noticed a link between weight gain and lack of sleep.
There are two key hormones in our bodies that regulate the fat. Grehlin makes people hungry, slows metabolism and decreases the body’s ability to burn body fat, and leptin regulates fat storage. When we lose sleep, we lose appetite-cutting leptin and gain appetite-causing grehlin.
Of course, the best time to start the habit of getting a good night’s sleep and fighting off obesity is when you’re young and the researchers say that each extra hour of sleep cuts a child’s risk of becoming overweight by nine percent.