A dietician says perpetual sleep deprivation can undermine weight loss efforts as significantly as adding a Big Mac to our regular daily diet, reports nola.com.

Research is so strong for the case for sufficient sleep as a weight loss aid that as a nutritionist I look at sleep as the third element in the trifecta of factors that impact our weight, right alongside diet and exercise.

So it should be no surprise that sleep apnea – a condition where people stop breathing during sleep, as often as 30 times or more per hour – can negatively influence a person’s weight.

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