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LEARN: THREE TIPS TO AVOID OVEREATING

It’s hard to say what makes any one person overeat. But, alcohol, sleep deprivation, and watching TV often create what researchers call an “obesogenic environment” (say that three times, fast!). After analyzing 23 different studies that measured how much people ate with or without drinking alcohol, TV viewing, or adequate sleep, researchers found that alcohol had the biggest impact on overeating, followed by sleep deprivation, and then watching TV.

One explanation? Alcohol, sleep deprivation, and watching images of delicious food on TV all boost levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite. What’s more, all three may impair our inhibitions and intensify the response to food in the brain’s “reward” center.

If you’re trying to avoid overeating, all you need to do is:

1. Get enough sleep (at least 7-8 hours each night)

2. Cut back on alcohol

3. Reduce the amount of time spent watching TV

So, if you’re thinking of staying up late and having a nightcap while binging on your favorite sitcom, you may want to rethink that.​​​