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Behavioural factors such as sleep and stress

Behavioural factors play a key role in weight management, and strategies to improve these factors can go a long way in bettering your eating and activity patterns.

For example, sleep impacts hormones responsible for feelings of hunger and fullness. When sleep is disrupted, it can have negative effects on our drive to eat. Managing sleep problems can help you have more energy, eat less and generally feel better.

You are also probably aware of the negative impacts stress can have on the body, including the effects on your mood, concentration, productivity, activity level, blood pressure and quality of life. High levels of stress can make you more likely to crave sugary, fatty and salty foods. Reducing day-to-day stress levels where you can or improving ways you deal with stress can lead to positive effects on these factors, as well as on your overall weight-management plan.

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