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Does being overweight make you tired and sleep more?

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A new UCLA psychology study has found evidence that being overweight may make people tired and then become more sedentary, not the other way around.

If you always feel tired and sleep too much you might have to go on a 10 day healthy food diet to get back to normal.

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There are people who swear we must sleep for 8 hours while there are people like myself and other motivated people perform well on 5-6 hours of sleep (I sleep approximately 5 hours daily, and lift weights 5 times a week).

I eat mostly clean and meditate every morning which helps me get better quality of sleep every night. When I eat junk food, I sleep more and have no energy the following day.  I knew junk food makes you sleepy (experience) right after you finish eating, but I have noticed a link between my patterns of junk food consumption (cheat day) and my sleeping patterns (I sleep 2 hours more).

I started looking for research and scientific studies on this issue and found a study a team lead by psychology professor Aaron Blaisdell of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute.

The Study:

One group of 16 rats were put on the standard lab diet consisting of largely ground corn, wheat, soybean and fish meal.

Second group was fed a highly processed and refined diet, with casein as the main protein source, soybean oil, sugar and a little starch: a rat’s version of junk food.

The first group (junk food group) got fat after three months, and rested nearly twice as long as the lean rats.  Researchers got the proof from testing rats, whose physiology is similar to that of human beings.

As part of the study, the rats were given a task in which they were required to press a lever to receive a food or water reward. The rats on the junk food diet demonstrated impaired performance, taking substantially longer breaks than the lean rats before returning to the task. In a 30-minute session, the overweight rats took breaks that were nearly twice as long as the lean ones.

Even though all the rats had had their rations cut and were demonstrably hungry when the half-hour long testing sessions began, the fat animals showed little heart for getting the compartment open. The rats on the junk food diet rested nearly twice as long as the lean rats before resuming their attempts to get at the sugar water, Blaisdell said.

An Australian study had noted that when rats lived on the kinds of foods typically served in cafeterias, the parts of their brains (Hypothalamus) that control appetite degraded, but they started to recover when the animals got healthier food over a period of nine days.

Blaisdell thought the something similar would happen with his test subjects when he switched their diets around. But it didn’t.

Even on the healthier diets, the fat rats continued to have trouble sticking to their tasks, and they didn’t lose weight. Likewise, placing the lean rats on the junk food diet for nine days didn’t increase their weight noticeably or impair their determination to get at the sugar treats.

This suggests that a long-running junk food diet causes the most physical and mental harm, not just the occasional binge, Blaisdell said. And the findings suggest that diet-induced obesity is a cause, not an effect, of lethargy.

 

What this means for us Humans? lack-of-energy-2

If you are overweight, and lacking energy even after sleeping twice as long as normal, the fault is your diet and you need to take control.

What you need to do is take a Romi’s 10-day healthy food challenge.

For ten days (with no breaks or cheat foods) avoid processed food, bread, pasta, grains and food with added sugar or salt and eat foods in saw Raw of form as possible including a variety of vegetables.

After 10 days both your physical and mental health will improve; you will have better focus and you will be able to remember more because of improvement in Cognition (to do with your mental capabilities of brain).

On your 11th day you are allowed to have 1 whatever-you-can-eat cheat meal.

Are you up for Romi’s 10-day healthy food challenge?

Share this with your friends and get them to take the challenge!

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