Scientists have published findings in the Journal of Obesity which indicate that you can double your chances of reaching your target weight if you get between six and eight hours sleep a night. Any less than this and then there is an increase in stress levels as well as an increase in cravings for unhealthy food. Sleep more than eight hours and you are likely to be inactive.
The research found that people were more likely to succeed in losing 10lb or more if their stress levels were lower and if they had a moderate amount of sleep.
The research involved participants keeping a diary detailing their food intake, stress levels and sleep patterns. They also took regular exercise, attended counselling sessions and reduced of their diet by 500 calories a day.
You Could Lose 10lb In 6 Months
By sticking to this 60% of participants were able to lose at least 10lb after 6 months. The most successful dieters had between six and eight hours sleep a night and had low stress levels.
“This study suggests that when people are trying to lose weight, they should try to get the right amount of sleep and reduce their stress,” said lead author Dr Charles Elder.
“Some people may just need to cut back on their schedules and get to bed earlier. Others may find that exercise can reduce stress and help them sleep.
“For some people, mind body techniques such as meditation also might be helpful.”
Hypnotherapy can help you to lose weight by changing your relationship with food. Hypnosis can also help you to sleep better and to reduce your response to stress and anxiety.