Increasing sleep helps reduce calorie intake

2022-08-01 0 By

Experts say adults who are overweight can lose weight by getting more sleep without changing their diet.Experts found calorie levels dropped for two weeks after participants changed their sleep patterns.Earlier studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to increased food intake, which can lead to weight gain.Now, experts at the University of Chicago’s Sleep Center have tested the opposite – whether you lose weight if you sleep longer.The study involved 80 adults aged 21 to 40 with a body mass index of 25 to 29.9, the Guardian reported.The volunteers were not asked to limit their diet or change their physical activity, but to sleep on a portable device to monitor sleep duration.Results showed that people who slept less than 6.5 hours ate an average of 270 fewer calories from their diet if they increased their sleep by 1.2 hours.Experts say that over three years, the reduction in calories could lead to a weight loss of around 12kg.For some participants, calorie intake was reduced even more, by up to 500 calories a day.The paper was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.