If you’re looking to lose body fat, you’re less likely to succeed if you don’t receive a full night’s sleep, according to a new study.
Which is a double whammy for brand new mums who have extra pregnancy weight to shift – but get very little good quality sleep thanks to their new baby!
Researchers at the University of Chicago studied 10 overweight men and women over a two-week period. They were all placed under a strict diet and slept in a lab during the study, with one group sleeping for 8.5 hours a night and the other group only sleeping for 5.5 hours.
They discovered that although both groups lost the same amount of weight (about 7 pounds) those who only slept for 5.5 hours lost muscle rather than fat while they slept.
So even more reason to try and get help to give you a good night’s sleep.