Fatigue and Weight Loss

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Can fatigue alter a persons efforts to lose weight? Stanford University scientists conducted research to find out, and Dr. Edward Hill discusses the findings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If you are not getting enough sleep and are struggling to lose weight, you may wonder whether fatigue is hindering your diet efforts. Probably not, at least according to findings from Stanford University.

Researchers looked at whether improved sleep quality or quantity combined with a traditional weight-loss regimen would lead to more significant weight loss.

The study participants, who were healthy overweight or obese adults, were enrolled in an eight-month schedule of diet, exercise and behavior modification. In addition, they followed either a sleep-improvement program or attended a series of health lectures that did not include weight-loss, exercise or sleep topics.

The debate about the best way to achieve a healthy weight usually revolves around eating and movement, but sleep is believed by some to be a critical factor as well.

At the end of the study, both groups showed significant amounts of weight loss that were not statistically different. However, the sleep-focused group did get the added benefit of improved overall quality and quantity of sleep.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.