By TC Newman, Buzz60
People consume more calories when they haven't had enough sleep, according to the results of a scientific study out of King's College London. They found on average, even with partial sleep deprivation, people added 385 more calories into their next day's meals. For a typical woman, that's a calorie increase of 20 percent.
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It's like having an additional Grande Cafe Mocha from Starbucks, or a half cup of Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream every day. After a short while, those extra calories could add up to extra weight -- and the real concern about lack of sleep and extra calories is obesity and the health problems that can result.
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When a person is tired, they aren't making the healthiest choices. The extra calories people sleep-walked their way to the fridge to get was more likely to be high fat than high protein.
To make things worse, when you're sleep deprived, you're less likely to do enough physical activity to burn off the additional calories. This particular report is a meta-analysis of information collected from 11 different studies that all gave the similar results.
If less sleep can equal a bigger waistline, forget the gym -- I'm heading to bed!