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Man SleepingAccording to NBC LA exercise is good, but if you really want to lose weight, chill out and take a nap.

A new study found that people who get between six and eight hours of sleep every day and are under the least amount of stress had the easiest time shedding 10 pounds over a six-month period. Participants also ramped up their physical activity for the study.”This study found that in addition to eating better and exercising, sleep and stress play a key role in losing weight,” said Dr. Charles Elder, lead study author and an associate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

The report, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is published in the March 29 online edition of the International Journal of Obesity.

The study, which included 472 people, probed but found no meaningful link between TV and computer time and weight loss. But the message for getting sleep and avoiding stress came through loud and clear.

It is unusual for weight loss and sleep to go together. Dr. O’Toole treats patients who have lost weight and have successfully kept it off.  For some patients there are small areas of fat that are stubborn and remain unsightly. Liposuction is an excellent option for this situation. Dr. O’Toole offers both Smart Lipo as well as traditional liposuction.Liposuction results are generally better than a patient can obtain with diet and exercise alone.


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