Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

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Weight loss doctor in Bergen County NJ Dr. Betty Keller Explains How Sleep Impacts Weight Loss

Could your lack of sleep be causing you to gain those extra-unwanted pounds?

Make sure you are getting enough sleep.

There have been many studies confirming the association of sleep deprivation and obesity in both children and adults. When people don’t get enough sleep they tend to eat more and gain weight.

When You’re Tired, You Eat Differently

A recent study by The University of California Berkeley suggests one reason may be the effect lack of sleep has on your brain. The study found that after just one night of sleep deprivation the brain had a heightened response to junk food, which means you actually experience greater pleasure than you normally, would.

In addition the part of your brain — the frontal cortex — that is responsible for higher thinking and impulse control showed a decreased in activity. So not only do you get greater pleasure from eating junk food when you’re tired, you also have less ability to stop yourself from over-indulging.

Other studies have shown that a lack of sleep increases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol increases your appetite, and also tells your body to hold onto fat.

There are many physiologic and psychological reasons that we gain weight when we are sleep deprived. The bottom line, sleep is essential. When you are well rested you make better choices have energy to exercise, feel more positive and think more clearly.

The good news is getting more sleep is a simple cost effective, side effect free way to look and feel better and maybe even drop those few unwanted pounds. Try and get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

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To A Healthier You!
Dr. Betty Keller

Why Blueberries Are the Perfect Snack

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Blueberries are the “Super Stars among ‘Super Foods.'”

Here’s Why:

Blueberries Health Benefits

Blueberries contain powerful phytochemicals which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries are one of the highest food sources of antioxidants.

There is increasing evidence that Blueberries have many health benefits. Here are just a few!

1) Boost your Immune System: The phytochemicals in blueberries particularly Flavanoids like Anthocyanin are powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and have been shown to strengthen the immune system.

2) Promote Eye Health: Blueberries contain not only antioxidants but also vitamins and minerals, all which promote eye health.

3) Reduce Cardiovascular Disease:  In addition to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, blueberries also reduce total Cholesterol, raise HDL (good cholesterol) and decrease triglycerides.

4) Beneficial effect on Blood Sugar, Weight and Metabolism: There is increasing evidence that blueberries have a beneficial effect on blood sugar and help reduce the risk of developing the metabolic syndrome. Thus helping not only with blood sugar regulation but weight loss and a more efficient metabolism. Recent studies have also provided evidence that another phytochemical polyphenols found in blueberries may help break down belly fat.

5) Promote Brain Health: Blueberries have been found to improve cognitive function, including memory. Blueberries health benefits may help prevent age-related cognitive decline.

At 80 calories a cup and with 4 grams of fiber and all the health benefits. A cup of blueberries is the perfect snack. It may be the fruit of the day to “keep the doctor away.”

PS: Want to know why we love antioxidants? Here’s a clear simple answer.