In fact, although diet and exercise are the usual prescription for dropping pounds, high stress and too little sleep (or too much of it) can hinder weight loss even when people are on a diet, the researchers report.
“We found that people who got more than six but less than eight hours of sleep, and who reported the lowest levels of stress, had the most success in a weight-loss program,” said study author Dr. Charles Elder.
This article on better sleep appealed to me to help others. I wonder if this could be a missing key in many of the folks I run across that are eating right and using extreme work out programs like P90x or Insanity and still not getting the results they were expecting. I think the following quote sums it up nicely. It’s not just one piece that will get your there. You really have to put all of them together…consistently.
People who are healthy and vital tend to be healthy and vital not because of any one factor, but because of many. And the factors that promote health — eating well, being active, not smoking, sleeping enough, controlling stress, to name a few —promote all aspects of health.