youA study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which followed 12 perfectly healthy volunteers for 21 days, suggests that poor sleep is associated with increased abdominal fat. that poor nights sleep is associated with increased accumulation of abdominal fat.
Participants were split into two groups throughout the study, one with nine hours of sleep per night and the other with only four hours. Research data reveals that sleeping fewer hours leads to an increase in abdominal fat and visceral fat by 9 and 11%, respectively.
And that’s not all. Participants who slept the least also consumed an average of 300 extra calories per day. These volunteers consumed about 13% more protein and 17% more fat, the researchers point out.