The link between body fat and sleep habits just seems to be getting stronger. That is, lack of sleep is the variable often linked to people who have a high body fat percentage or find it difficult to lose unwanted weight.

Poor sleep habits, or simply not getting enough sleep, interferes with the regulation of hormones that control appetite. It also decreases muscle sensitivity to insulin. These two factors mean that people end up eating too much of the wrong foods and more calories are stored as fat.

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I really want to add some good muscle size, but I just don’t have the time to train for hours each day and the eating you guys do just won’t fit in my schedule. Is there a less time consuming and less burdensome way to build muscle?

Yet another new study has reported that overweight individuals consistently have poor sleep patterns. To optimize your muscle gains and fat loss efforts, switch the TV off an hour or two earlier at night and get more sleep.

Source: International Journal of Obesity, June 2008.

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High Body Fat Linked to Lack of Sleep

by Paul Cribb Ph.D. CSCS. time to read: 1 min