Mayo Clinic reports that your weight is a balancing act, and calories are a primary part of that equation. Although fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a lot of grapefruit will make you lose weight, when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count. To loss weight you simply have to burn more calories that you take in. This can be done by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories which are burned through physical activity.
Science Daily has reported in an article published on September 17: "Adequate Sleep Helps Weight Loss." A commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) states that adequate sleep is an important part of a weight loss plan and should be added to the recommended combination of diet and exercise. Evidence has mounted that although calorie restriction and increased physical activity are recommended for weight loss, inadequate sleep is contributing to obesity. It has been postulated this is because lack of sleep increases the stimulus to consume more food and therefore increases appetite-regulating hormones.
Drs. Jean-Phillippe Chaput, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Angelo Tremblay, Laval University, QuÃ©bec, have written "The solution to weight loss is not as simple as 'eat less, move more, sleep more. However, an accumulating body of evidence suggests that sleeping habits should not be overlooked when prescribing a weight-reduction program to a patient with obesity. Sleep should be included as part of the lifestyle package that traditionally has focused on diet and physical activity."