Want to Shed Pounds? Sleep Your Way to Skinny!
Well.. it may not be THAT easy… but experts agree, adequate, quality sleep is an important factor in shedding pounds.
1 – Studies Show…
2 – Stopping the Weight-Gain Hormones…
Sleep rarely gets thought about when it comes to ways to lose weight. Diet and exercise are at the front of the list but neither of these two things can work to their fullest if you are depriving yourself of your minimum amount of sleep.
Sleep is when our bodies reset themselves and adapt to the stresses of exercise and caloric deficit. It allows our bodies to recover optimally (highest metabolism) and prevents the weight-gain hormones from taking hold. Next time you are planning a diet and exercise program, plan your sleep and watch your results sore.
3 – A Little Bit of Logic and a Lot of Science…
- If you don't get enough sleep, you tend to be tired. Tired people are less likely to exercise than well rested individuals.
- When you are tired, your body craves simple carbohydrates (sugars) for a burst of energy, but simple carbs are the last thing you want to be consuming if weight loss is your goal.
- The manufacture and release of two main hormones that regulate hunger is influenced by sleep deprivation. Even minor amounts of sleep deficit increase the secretion of Ghrelin, which is a hormone that not only increases appetite, it increases abdominal fat deposition.
- Sleep deficit also decreases the release of Leptin, a hormone that tells you to eat less. So sleep deprived people are likely to eat more, and to store more fat in their abdomen.
4 – Keep Your Appetite in Check…
YAWN!! Anyone else feeling a little sleepy?
Let's all hit the hay early for the next month and reach our weight loss goals sooner than we had hoped!
Thanks to our expert contributors for sharing these facts. They sure do make a lot of sense to me! And, now I won't feel so guilty about wanting to get a good night's sleep!
(This is the kind of advice you should be sharing with your friends! Be sure to like this article on our Facebook page so that your friends will see it… they could use more sleep too!)