OK, this sleep thing? Now I’ve got some SERIOUS motivation for all of us who seem to have retained every holiday nibble we snarfed in the past month. (O small red potatoes with sour cream nestled inside? I regret eating so many of you at that party!)
Brilliant reader Allison alerted me to an article in Glamour magazine, “Lose Weight While You Sleep.”
The article says, “What exactly is the sleep-weight connection? Science shows that sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on hormones that control appetite, cravings and the metabolism of fat.”
The sciencey part sounds plausible–but what got my attention is the little field test they did with some women who were ordered to change only one thing in their routines: the amount of sleep they got. After ten weeks, every participant lost weight: from 6 to 15 pounds.
EVERY participant, y’all! YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE!
Glamour even provides a guide, “You Can Do This! The Sleep Diet Is Here.”
Here’s Arianna Huffington’s latest report on her Sleep Challenge 2010 efforts. And Glamour editor Cindi Leive is doing it too–a month of 7.5 hours sleep per night. Here’s her early report.
As for me . . . Night 2: Not sure how to calculate this, but a snow day here saved my bacon on sleeping in–lights out at 11:30, up at 8. But I woke up at 3:30 for a half hour. INTERRUPTED SLEEP! Naughty! But 8 hours in all. All I know is that I feel fantastic, look like Jessica Alba, and I weigh thirty pounds less.
Once again, the case against exercise . . . Nitey nite sleep tite!