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We have long known that people who work the night shift or rotate shifts find it easier to gain weight and harder to lose. Though we have been able to observe these differences, until now we did not know why this happened. A recent research study (Human Resting Energy Expenditure Varies with Circadian Phase ) … Read More

People who are significantly overweight often deal with sleep disturbances, most notably sleep apnea. Those who are chronically sleep deprived tend to gain weight more easily and have a tougher time getting the weight off. A recent study found that overweight adults who ate more protein while dieting had improved sleep quality. This was the first study to explore how diet can … Read More

The workings of your body’s biological clocks are very complex, composed of many interacting genes that turn the clocks on and off in an orchestrated way to keep time with the 24-hour cycle of a day. Facts about your biological clocks: Every organism has biological clocks, from algae to humans to zebras and many have … Read More

We are a sleep deprived nation, but study after study has shown that the quality of your sleep and the amount of hours you sleep are strongly connected to weight control. Too little sleep: Increases hunger Increases cravings for sweet and fatty foods; enough sleep cuts cravings by 62% Decreases the desire to eat healthier … Read More

Researchers have found that lack of sleep stimulates the part of the brain that is involved with appetite. Those who get too little sleep are hungrier.   … Read More

Humans are programmed through evolution to respond to day and night cycles. We eat and are active during daylight and we rest and sleep in darkness. There is a molecular basis for these rythms and a group of genes called the circadian clock regulates our 24-hour, day/night cycles. Obese individuals often eat at irregular times … Read More

Internet use and too little sleep add up to weight gain for young women. For women 18+, internet use, consuming 2 or more drinks a week, and getting less then 6 hours of sleep a night, all added up to a gradual and continual weight gain. … Read More