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Your Sleeping Habits Can Have a Profound Influence on How Much You Weigh

Your Sleeping Habits Can Have a Profound Influence on How Much You Weigh

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  • A study of 1,800 pairs of twins found that even if you’re genetically predisposed to being overweight, sleeping nine or more hours per night can dramatically increase the beneficial impact of healthy lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, while diminishing the impact of genetic factors
  • Genes accounted for 70 percent of the differences in body mass index (BMI) in those who slept less than seven hours per night, but in twins who slept nine or more hours per night, environmental factors shot up to 51 percent, and genetic influences dipped to 32 percent
  • The biological mechanisms linking sleep deprivation and weight gain are numerous, but include metabolic changes, altered insulin sensitivity, and biological stress mechanisms that affect genetic expression

By Dr. Mercola

A new study of 1,800 pairs of twins found that even if you're genetically predisposed to being overweight, there is one easy thing you can do to put yourself in control of how much weight you gain.


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