Dieting-Benefits-Hampered

Dieting-Benefits-Hampered

A new study has shown that cutting back on sleep reduces the benefits of dieting.

“Cutting back on sleep, a behavior that is ubiquitous in modern society, appears to compromise efforts to lose fat through dieting. In our study it reduced fat loss by 55 percent,” said study director Plamen Penev, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.

The study, performed at the University of Chicago’s General Clinical Resource Center, followed 10 overweight but healthy volunteers aged 35 to 49 with a body mass index ranging from 25, considered overweight, to 32, considered obese. Participants were placed on an individualized, balanced diet, with calories restricted to 90 percent of what each person needed to maintain his or her weight without exercise.
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