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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wednesday Weigh In - Diet & Sleep

Ya know what's great about the holidays?  We do things and see people we haven't seen or done all year.  Ya know what's not so great?  Burning the midnight oil - to decorate, shop, wrap, bake and travel.  This often means results in sleeping less and eating more - exactly the opposite of what our bodies need.

People who get only 5 hours of sleep a night are 73% more likely to be overweight than people getting a good night's sleep.  When we're sleep deprived our bodies crank out a hormone that ramps up the appetite and promotes fat storage.  Reliance on caffeine can compound the problem.  It may keep us on the go all day, but it can interfere with the quality and quantity of sleep at night. 

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