Study finds key to losing weight may be adequate rest.
Trying to lose ten pounds or more and having a hard time?
Maybe you need to change your bed time!
A new study suggests how much you sleep and how you handle stress plays a role in your weight.
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente challenged nearly 500 hundred people to lose ten pounds over six months.
They told participants to follow a low calorie diet and exercise at least three hours a week.
They also kept a record of their sleep habits and stress levels.
"Participants who slept between six and eight hours and had low stress levels were more successful at losing weight," says Dr. Charles Elder.
Experts say you should keep your weight loss expectations in check and focus on losing weight as a health issue rather than a cosmetic one.
The participants in the study were highly motivated and most had a college degree, but researchers suspect the results can apply to everyone.
Two-thirds of adults in the U.S. Are either overweight or obese.