Have you always wondered why you tend to binge more on junk food when you stay up late at night?
Past research has shown that lack of sleep makes us crave for food with higher levels of fat and sugar. That’s why we can’t seem to resist munching on a bag of chips while burning the midnight oil.
A new study from Uppsala University in Sweden has revealed another solution to counter sleepiness that will sit well with your fitness and dieting plans – exercising.
We know. We hear your cries. It is definitely not easy to get off your bed and start working out when you are sleep deprived. But researchers say that exercising when you don’t have enough sleep helps you fight those nasty food cravings.
In fact, sleep is very important when it comes to maintaining a healthy body weight. Sleep deprivation could actually lead to a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese, well, because you tend to snack more.
Ideally, if you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight, make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep. But if you just can’t sleep without catching an episode or two of your favourite TV series every night, then start exercising.