Can you really lose weight overnight?
It’s not only possible to lose weight overnight—it’s actually a burgeoning area of research. Scientists suggest that modern life, with its late-night exposure to artificial light and longer waking hours, may be messing with the body’s natural circadian rhythms and encouraging it to hold onto fat. A few simple tweaks, however, might be able to change all that. Here are nine ways to set your body up for maximum weight-loss efficiency so that you can close your eyes and let your body work some magic.
Get a good night’s sleep
It might really be as simple as hitting the sack on time to combat weight gain. One study found that people who slept for 8.5 hours instead of 5.5 burned an average of 400 more calories per day—which adds up to an extra 2,800 calories per week. Why? Their bodies weren’t trying to save energy by burning calories at a slower rate. The dieters who got less sleep during this period lost 55 percent less weight from fat than they had previously, even though they consumed the same number of calories. Other research presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology suggests that sleep loss causes the body to produce fewer fullness hormones like GLP-1 and more of the hunger-promoting ghrelin. Here are 50 other weight-loss breakthroughs your doctor wishes you knew.