Ditching the gym and replacing it with your brain may come as a shock but, according to science, another way to busting fat lies in your sleep…     

According to the Sleep Medicine Program at the New York University School of Medicine, sleep disruption can possibly influence our weight.

At the University of Chicago in Illinois, a study was undertaken into the roles of the two hormones, leptin and ghrelin and their place in overeating.

Doctors measured levels of the two hormones and observed the appetite and hunger of 12 healthy men. They were then sleep-deprived for two days followed by a further two days of extended sleep. They found leptin levels had dropped and ghrelin levels had risen, indicating less sleep saw carbohydrate cravings increase by a staggering 45 percent.

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