Sleep more and be thinner

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A number of studies have linked shorter sleep duration with higher body mass index. In short, people who have only slept for four hours or less, tend to eat much more the following day, a study has found. So if you want to lose weight, or keep your weight stable, try and get a good night's sleep as often as you can.

Experts recommend that you try and go to bed at more or less the same time every night, avoid vigorous exercise before you head for bed, limit your alcohol intake, and avoid eating heavy meals just before you bond with the duvet. Easier said than done, we know, but try and aim for this at least five nights a week.

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