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Unexpected weight gain factor in people younger than 40 named

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Doctors have found that excess weight gain is associated not only with low physical activity and poor diet but also with sleep patterns.

Visceral fat could be life-threatening as it interferes with vital bodily functions and also sneaks around important organs in the body like near the liver and intestines. Overhauling your daily lifestyle may be the best tool to fight against this type of fat. Research highlights that staying away from sleep disorders is integral to this endeavor.

An accumulation of Visceral fat is associated with metabolic syndrome – a set of conditions that contribute to heart problems.

And sleep plays a very important role in reducing this fat. It is noted that both lack of sleep and excessive sleep are dangerous. The research points out the causes of visceral fat expand beyond diet and inactivity.

In a study, researchers found a clear link between five or less hours of sleep each night and a significant increase in visceral fat in people younger than 40.

Hispanic men and black women were the largest groups to report getting such little sleep.

“We put a lot of stock in diet,” says Kristen G Hairston, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism and lead author on the study.

“But this study brings up some interesting questions about the way we live. We may need to start looking at other behaviours – besides daily food choices – that could be contributing to the obesity epidemic in younger age groups.”

For weight control, doctors recommend getting six to eight hours of sleep every night, maintaining regular, moderate-intensity physical activity (at least 30 minutes), and eating a balanced diet.

“Protein can be a helpful way to lose weight because it makes you feel fuller than carbs and fat do,” explains the health body.

“The starting point for bringing weight under control, in general, and combating abdominal fat, in particular, is regular moderate-intensity physical activity — at least 30 minutes per day (and perhaps up to 60 minutes per day) to control weight and lose belly fat,” recommends Harvard Health.

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