A Key to Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss: Sleep!

Besides diet and exercise, a key factor to post-pregnancy weight loss is getting enough sleep, according to researchers.

HealthDay reported on a new study done by scientists from Kaiser Permanente out of Oakland, CA, which found that women who slept five hours a night or less were three times more likely to hold on to those extra pregnancy pounds than women who slept seven hours or more.

Lead research scientist on the study, Erica P. Gunderson, tells HealthDay that sleep definitely "stood out as an independent risk factor" for holding onto the extra weight gained during pregnancy.

Of the 940 women involved in the study, 124 of them held onto 11 or more pounds they had put on while pregnant.

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