Does sleep restriction promote visceral fat gain?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 20, 2022

Did you know that a restricted window of sleep, coupled with the ability to eat freely may increase amounts of a dangerous type of belly fat associated with disease?

Study Summary

New research associated a lack of adequate sleep (<4 hours/night) with an increased food intake, a slight increase in weight, and an increased visceral fat accumulation.

Visceral fat is a dangerous type of fat that forms around organs and is associated with heart and metabolic diseases.

The Hearty Take

Poor sleep influences insulin sensitivity and the ability to regulate glucose, damaging metabolic health. Visceral fat accumulation happens with a poor diet, and with inadequate exercise or sleep. We encourage you all to prioritize sleep, a healthy diet and regular exercise. For help creating a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, reach out to your health coach!

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