If the two biggest pillars of health are nutrition and exercise, the the third most important is sleep. Both the quantity and quality of sleep counts when it comes to boosting your overall health, and a new study shows that sleep may have more of an influence on your diet than you realize.
Researchers at Purdue University studied the effect that diet has on sleep patterns. Many studies have already shown that lack of sleep can affect your diet — being tired can easily lead to junk food cravings. This new study turned the question around and asked whether good nutrition can improve sleep, and the answer is a resounding “yes.”
Of the 44 participants in the study, those who stuck to a high-protein, low-calorie nutrition plan slept better than those who weren’t on the plan. Many other participants lost weight, but those who were on the low-carb diet saw sleep improvements the other dieters did not.
Dr. Dirk isn’t surprised by these results.
“This current study is just one of many that show that when a person wants to lose a meaningful amount of weight and improve their health, high-protein, low-carb is the way to go,” Dr. Dirk says.
He adds that increasing aerobic exercise and vitamin intake can greatly improve your chances of losing weight.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight with a traditional diet or with the help of weight loss surgery, a high-protein, low-carb diet is your best best for a healthier lifestyle.