Lack of sleep slows down your metabolism and
piles on the pounds, experts warn
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 10:29, 23 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:31, 23
If you are feeling a little sleep deprived in the
morning you might be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee and pastry for a
quick burst of energy.
But according to scientists, lack of sleep is leading
to an exploding obesity epidemic in Britain.
Just one night of bad sleep can result in weight gain
because it makes people crave sugary and fatty foods.
Sleep deprived: Just one night of bad sleep can result
in weight gain, experts say
Miguel Toribio-Mateas, chairman of the British
Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, said: 'Sleep
deprivation enhances neuronal activity in certain areas of the brain linked to
our innate reward system.
'Lack of sleep also seems to have an effect on glucose
tolerance and insulin sensitivity which determines how well out body is able to
metabolise energy from foods containing carbohydrates.
'This is significant as impaired insulin sensitivity
has been related to food cravings for more sugary foods.'
According to the research, the British are leading the
way in terms of
snacking, followed by Italy, Germany and Spain with
the French snacking the least.
The British consume 1.57 unhealthy snacks a day as
opposed to theFrench
The study was commissioned by nutrition company, Herbalife, which found that breakfast is
the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the
day and should contain a good source of quality protein like poached eggs and
While you sleep the body's metabolism slows.
But when you eat the right food at breakfast, it
kick-starts your metabolism, providing you with a steady stream of energy to
keep you going through the day.
If you do not eat the right breakfast, your metabolism
stays at a slower rate and doesn't get the kick-start it needs to give you
energy, researchers say.
Unhealthy snacks are often high in sugar, high in fat
and lack adequate protein.
They cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then
dramatically drop, meaning your appetite won’t be satisfied for longer than
about an hour.
Mr Toribio-Mateas said breakfasts should contain a
source of protein like meat or eggs which will stop people feeling a mid-morning
slump which leads to snacking.
He said: 'Breakfast for weary office workers should
contain a source of
good quality protein.
'For those people who don’t have time to prepare a
Herbalife protein shakes are a viable way to introduce good
quality protein early in the day.
'Soy in particular has been found to speed up the
body’s ability to burn
calories, balancing blood sugar as well as providing a
healthy snack which
makes you feel fuller for longer.'