Weight loss is usually achieved through diet and exercise, with pounds being shed when more calories are burned than consumed.
However, there is more to weight loss than just diet and exercise, with many hacks existing to help speed up weight loss results.
One way to help achieve weight-loss goals is by getting the right amount of sleep.
According to research, too little and too much sleep can negatively affect weight loss.
It was revealed that people who get under six hours or over eight hours of sleep will have more trouble slimming down.
Sleep has a direct affect on the body’s hormones, and having too little sleep can increase the body’s level of hunger hormones.
Getting not enough sleep has a negative impact on the brain, dulling the brain’s frontal lobe.
The frontal lobe is responsible for decision making and impulse control.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found revealed that when people were deprived of sleep, snacking levels increased, with higher probability they would chose high-carb and fat food options.
In another study from the University of Chicago, it was discovered than when dieters cut back on sleep over a two-week period, the amount of weight lost dropped by 55 per cent.
This happened even with the participant calorie intake remaining the same.
In its sleep deprived state, the brain will appear to crave junk food and lack the impulse control to say no.
Being sleep deprived can also contribute to muscle loss, along with increased risk for diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
On the opposite site of the spectrum, over sleeping can also be detrimental to weight-loss goals.
One Canadian study found that people who slept in excess of nine hours actually gained more weight than those who slept from six to eight hours.
The study surprisingly revealed that those who consistently slept over nine hours were 21 per cent more likely to become obsese.
Too much sleep disrupts the body’s biological cycle, with a host of other side effects also coming about from too much sleep.
This includes higher risk of stroke, body weight and impaired fertility.
Even with sleeping correctly, weight loss can be a long process, with many Britons looking for a fast and effective way to lose weight.
However, there are a few tricks that can speed up weight loss and help achieve weight-loss goals this summer.