Experts Say This Diet Could Help You Lose Weight And Get More Sleep

You might already know that good shut-eye plays a key role in dropping unwanted pounds. Research has consistently connected a lack of sleep to weight gain and, conversely, research shows that good sleep typically helps weight loss.

But a new study flips this connection on its head, finding that if you’re trying to lose weight through diet, a high-protein eating plan might stand above the rest because it actually improves the quality of your sleep.

“Our research suggests that what you eat while losing weight can influence whether or not sleep improves,” said the study’s author, Wayne W. Campbell, a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University. “And consuming a higher-protein diet improved sleep.”

Campbell and his team conducted two studies to determine that a high protein diet improved sleep. One study found that the source of protein, whether vegetable or animal, did not affect sleep as much as the proportion of calories coming from protein did. The second study — one of the longest of its kind to look at the effect of protein intake on sleep — showed higher rates of improvement in sleep for individuals on a high protein diet compared with those consuming lower amounts of protein.

Protein source doesn’t matter, but the amount does

The first study included 34 overweight or obese adults who consumed diets in which protein came from either beef and pork or soy and legumes. For each group, the dieters were further split into three subsets, eating diets that were 10 percent protein, 20 percent protein, or 30 percent protein.

Researchers measured participants’ sleep quality based on their self-reported global sleep scores, which, in addition to measuring how long you sleep, also incorporate other sleep quality factors like whether or not you use sleep aids, how often —> Read More