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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Feb 12, 2020




During a caloric restriction diet, the addition of extended sleep produced significantly greater weight loss and waist circumference reduction.  These conclusions from a Mexican study of 52 obese teens who were following a diet with their daily intake cut by 500 calories.


This study builds on one from the University of Chicago 6 years ago that underscored the value of extra sleep.  By adding an average of 96 extra minutes a night, the overweight participants reported a 14% decrease in general appetite and a 62% reduction in craving for unhealthy sweet and salty foods. 


If you’re working on your summer body, be sure to get at least 8 hours of ZZZs.


Carmen Moreno-Frías, Nicté Figueroa-Vega, Juan Manuel Malacara. Sleep Extension Increases the Effect of Caloric Restriction Over Body Weight and Improves the Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation in Adolescents With Obesity.  Journal of Adolescent Health.  DOI:


EsraTasalia, FlorianChapotota, KristenWroblewskib, DaleSchoellerc. The effects of extended bedtimes on sleep duration and food desire in overweight young adults: A home-based intervention.  Appetite.  Volume 80, 1 September 2014, Pages 220-224.



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