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How does sleep affect how you lose weight?

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When you don't get your ZZZs, it can make it harder to lose weight. Your metabolism may slow and you won't burn calories as fast as you'd like. You may also have less energy when you don't get enough sleep. That makes it harder to exercise. When you're tired, you're more likely to make poor diet choices, like choosing sweets over fruit. In a recent study, people who didn't get enough sleep ate about 300 more calories per day than those who got more rest.

From: Why Can't I Lose Weight? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dong, F. , February 2014. International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Metabolism Myths and Facts," "What Is Vitamin D?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What it Takes to Lose Weight," "What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight Loss Plan."

American Psychological Association: "Stress and Eating."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid and Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Does When You Eat Impact Your Weight?" "Losing Weight with Sleep Apnea."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Putting the Science behind Exercise -- Workout Smarter, Not Harder."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Tips for a Healthy Breakfast," "Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain."

Vitamin D Council: "New study suggests vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight people," "Am I deficient in vitamin D?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Dong, F. , February 2014. International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Metabolism Myths and Facts," "What Is Vitamin D?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What it Takes to Lose Weight," "What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight Loss Plan."

American Psychological Association: "Stress and Eating."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid and Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Does When You Eat Impact Your Weight?" "Losing Weight with Sleep Apnea."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Putting the Science behind Exercise -- Workout Smarter, Not Harder."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Tips for a Healthy Breakfast," "Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain."

Vitamin D Council: "New study suggests vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight people," "Am I deficient in vitamin D?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

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