Doing This Just Once Can Completely Derail Your Weight Loss Goals

by | Sep 7, 2018

It’s no secret that just one night of bad sleep can mess with your mental state (hey, delirium!) But you might be surprised to learn that it affects your waistline too.

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According to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, losing just a few hours of shut-eye can slow your metabolism.

To find out why this is the case, researchers examined mice that had access to sugar water and fatty foods. They split them into two groups, letting one group sleep as much as they wanted and keeping the other awake for six hours each night.

After just one cycle like this, the sleep-deprived mice had higher blood sugar and higher liver triglycerides – which are warning signs of diabetes. They also found that the enzyme that modulates metabolism wasn’t working the way it should, which suggests that fewer zzz’s can actually change our bodies on a cellular level.

These findings show that establishing good sleeping patterns may be beneficial for anyone who has hit a weight loss plateau.

“This also goes for people who report weight gain without any major changes in their diets,” registered dietitian Jaime Schehr told mindbodygreen. “There are other factors at play, to be sure, but when we are able to improve sleep, it almost always improves weight loss.”

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Women Fleeing Domestic Violence Can Now Receive A One-Off Support Payment

It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.