Good Sleepers

Burn 20% more calories

Good Sleepers. Healthy Living Magazine

Good Sleepers. Healthy Living Magazine

It isn’t just about having more energy after a good night’s sleep. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people with adequate sleep burn 5% more calories when resting than people with poor quality slumbers. The report says good sleepers burn 20% more calories after eating than those who are constantly tired.

Lose fat, not muscle

In a study from the University of Chicago poor and good sleepers both ate 1,450 calories daily. One group got 8½ hours of sleep while the others had 5½; both lost weight, but the sleepless in Chicago crowd lost more muscle while the deep slumbering ones lost over 50% fat.

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Tired eat more

Tired people pick the worst foods. Obesity reports males without adequate sleep bought some 1,300 calories more in food than men with good sleep patterns.

In a study from Sweden, rested and poorly sleeping groups determined “ideal portion size” on a computerized plate. People without enough sleep picked 35 more calories. A study from Harvard Medical School shows people have loss of inhibition and control when they are tired and end up overeating. So much for resisting midnight raids of the fridge and freezer.

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9 weight losers

Use these 9 ingredients to get a deep sleep and lose weight:

1. L-Glutamine, an amino acid, stimulates protein production to build muscle.

2. Chromium picolinate, a trace mineral, increases the rate sugar is converted into energy.

3. Resveratrol turns on the ‘SIRT1′ gene, leading to faster metabolism and fat burning.

4. Magnesium, a major mineral, is needed by the body to release adiponectin, responsible for converting fat to energy.

5. L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that speeds up metabolism and increases relaxation.

6. Valerian root is a traditional sleep remedy that can knock out just about anybody and was the plant used by Juliet to put herself to sleep in Shakespeare’s tragedy.

7. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland at night that complements valerian for lasting deep sleep.

8. Vitamin B-6, involved in protein metabolism, also converts stored nutrients into ready energy. It keeps the thyroid’s metabolic rate active even when resting.

9. Zinc is in short supply in the obese, says a 2013 report in Biological Trace Element Research. Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin says eating 30 milligrams daily of zinc gluconate leads to weight loss, lower triglyceride levels and more muscle to fat.

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