12 12 sleep weight loss betterA recent study suggests that getting sleep should be a part of any weight-loss plan.

The study, conducted at Laval University in Quebec, provided evidence that lack of sleep stimulates the part of the brain that causes us to consume food. And another study published in 2012 in the journal SLEEP drew a conclusive link between getting enough shut-eye and overriding the impact genes have on weight. (This means if obesity runs in your family, not skimping on sleep might be the key to taking control of your body!)

So how much sleep do you need to reap weight loss rewards? It differs for everyone, but try to get between six and eight hours per night.