Saturday, July 23, 2011

Go to Bed Earlier to Stay Slim

Go to Bed Earlier to Stay Slim: "

If you're trying to lose weight or want to avoid gaining extra pounds, one trick may be to go to bed early. A new study from Northwestern University indicates that people who stay up late tend to consume an average of 248 more calories per day - and more fast food - than those who go to bed earlier. The study was a small one, involving only 51 people with an average age of 30. The participants who stayed up late - typically hitting the sack at about 3:45 a.m. and getting up about 10:45 a.m. - not only consumed more calories, fast food and non-diet sodas than the study participants (who went to bed by 12:30 a.m. and got up by 8 a.m.) they also ate only half as many fruits and vegetables. The extra calories were generally consumed at dinner and later in the evening. An extra 248 calories a day can add up to two pounds of weight gain a month if you don't work them off with increased exercise. The study was published online on April 28, 2011 by the journal Obesity.

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