Lose Weight While You Sleep

May 7, 2009 at 8:56 am 13 comments

It used to be that losing weight had been a privilege reserved to those who wanted to continue to look good and had the money to splurge on basic necessities like weight loss programs and diet pills. They included movie stars, celebrities, politicians, TV personalities, and so-called wannabes. But not any longer. The prevalence of obesity among the U.S. population has reached epidemic proportions that all demographic groups are now affected.

To reverse the trend, everybody seems to have a solution. Purveyors of weight watchers and their ilk offer a variety of programs to highly motivated folks and have testimonials as evidence of their worth. They also sell balanced meals designed to squeeze the fat out of their customers’ wallets. Booksellers publish diet books that cater to couch potatoes. Hustlers of diet pills, on the other hand, sell to do-it-yourselfers who prefer to be hypnotized by watching ads on TV.

None of these solutions, however, proves their weight in gold. If nothing else, they offer but temporary relief. This was despite significant increase in customer base, advances in technology, and low-cost imports from China that made the providers richer than congress could ever imagine. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted from 1988 to 1994, 55.9% of adults were overweight and 22,9% were obese. In the 1999-2000 survey, the percentage went up at an alarming rate. 64.5% were found to be overweight and 30.5% were obese. Current statistics remain confidential in the name of national security.

What seems to be the problem? I think it has to do with the approach. In trying to lose the excess weight, we fail to address the underlying cause, which is lack of sleep. Recent studies have shown that sleep deprivation contributes to overeating because it affects the secretion of a hormone that regulates the appetite. When you don’t have enough sleep, it makes you feel hungry even though your conscience says you’re already full.

Have you ever wondered why obesity isn’t a serious problem in the Mediterranean countries? Is it their diet of fat-friendly and calorie-rich foods? No, Mr. Watson, absolutely not. It’s the people’s penchant for sleep. They make sure they have enough of it. For goodness sake, they even close shops and have siesta during the day.

Researchers from Columbia University reported that people who sleep two to four hours a night are 73% likely to be obese than those who get seven to nine hours.

So, I guess you know what to do if you want to get rid of that extra pounds. Get enough sleep. Do it even at work. Just don’t get caught.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. walongbote  |  May 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    yep. lack of sleep pwede nga ding maging dahilan kung bakit nagooverweight pero, dba kapag stress ka nga at over work ka.. mas namamayat ka.. unless na lang, kung dahil sa masiba ang isang tao..ay pati hatinggabi ay naka fried chicken xa.. ASA PA xa..

  • 2. plaridel  |  May 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm


    nakakataba ang laging puyat at under stress dahil nalalakas ang kain. tingnan mo ang mga pulis, bihira ang payat.

  • 3. Dawn  |  May 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    This makes a lot of sense. Lack of sleep also means that you are awake more hours and your body does get hungry every 4, 5, or 6 hours or so. I really found this out after having twins. The lack of sleep and constant feeding of other people caused me to gain 35 pounds within 9 months. Unbelievable.

  • 4. plaridel  |  May 10, 2009 at 8:20 am


    lack of sleep and stress make us susceptible to overeating as it provides the comfort that our body craves.

  • 5. ka andoy  |  May 10, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I thought it was just diet,exercise and genetics. The quality in addition to quantity of sleep may also play a role?

  • 6. J.Kulisap  |  May 11, 2009 at 1:18 am

    May mga pag-aaral ka Andoy na kapag kulang tayo sa tulog, mas lumalakas tayong kumain, ang kinahahantungan ay Bondying o Dabyana

  • 7. plaridel  |  May 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    ka andoy:

    tama si j.kulisap.

    diet and genetics bake the cake. lack of sleep provides the frosting.

  • 8. Ax  |  May 12, 2009 at 12:26 am

    true. my work requires me to shift schedule every two weeks. am, pm and gy shift. and its true, you fancy foods when you don’t have enough sleep.

  • 9. plaridel  |  May 12, 2009 at 9:33 am


    i remember the time my body expanded like a balloon. it was when i was assigned to work from 2 am to 10 am for six months. it was a grueling schedule. bad for the body and the spirit. most days, i was sleep deprived. i compensated by eating a lot of junk foods. luckily, things got back to normal when i returned to day shift.

  • 10. yan  |  January 21, 2010 at 4:32 am

    thanks! this surely helped! 🙂 i sleep a lot, it’s just that i do it in the afternoon lol and people say sleeping in the afternoon makes you fatter hehe 😛

    • 11. plaridel  |  January 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm


      if you cut down on snacks, that’ll help, too. 🙂

  • 12. Train Today to Reap Tomorrow  |  April 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    At work – stand and work as it will burn calories.

    Nice one.


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