If you take weekend mornings as an opportunity to sleep in, you may be dismayed to learn about a new study. Researchers at Northwestern University have found that the longer someone sleeps in, the more likely they are to eat fast food.
Published in the journal aptly called Sleep, the study draws a correlation between the hour we rise with how healthful our dietary choices are. Scientists monitored a group of 96 participants between the ages of 18 and 50, each of whom slept at least six-and-a-half hours every night. Over the course of the week, the subjects kept detailed food diaries and had their body fat and level of physical activity monitored.
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Not only did the researchers discover that participants who slept until later in the morning were more likely to turn to fast food for meals, but those subjects also had more sedentary lifestyles and tended to consume less vegetables.