A recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, revealed that insufficient sleep contributes to increased calorie absorption, which leads to the accumulation of belly fat, especially unhealthy fat.
Study lead author Ferind Sommers said: ‘Inadequate sleep appears to redirect fat to the more dangerous viscera (abdomen), and more importantly, although there is a reduction in calorie absorption and weight during the recovery period (following a period of sleep deprivation). or deprivation of it) fat continues to accumulate in the abdominal area.
He continued, “Inadequate sleep is an unknown trigger for visceral fat deposition, but subsequent sleep does not lead to a reduction in visceral fat, at least in the short term.”
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The study proved that lack of sleep led to an increase of 9% of the area of abdominal fat, and 11% of the fat in it, in a random group, compared to the control group.
The study advised the need to take enough sleep to counteract belly fat, and for those who cannot do so, Somers advises them to maintain an integrated diet with healthy food choices and increase exercise.