Want to Shed Pounds? Sleep Your Way to Skinny!

Can you sleep yourself thin?

Well.. it may not be THAT easy… but experts agree, adequate, quality sleep is an important factor in shedding pounds.

Take a look at the sleep facts below that 4 amazing health and fitness experts shared to show us how much sleep can do to help us reach our weight loss goals!

1 – Studies Show…

Believe it or not, you can take off some of those extra pounds by getting 8 hours of sleep. A University of Chicago study found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat than those who were sleep deprived; the reason is that muscle mass increases through proper rest, which in turn promotes faster weight loss.

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…

Get more sleep. That's right – getting better sleep can help you lose weight. Really!
How can that be? Well, consider these facts:
  • 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.
So if you are one of the 40% of Americans who don't get all the sleep they should, and you are looking for a healthy, sustainable, rational way to lose weight, consider getting more sleep as an integral part of your plan. And sleep your way skinny!

4 – Keep Your Appetite in Check…

Research shows a connection between lack of sleep and an increase in appetite. This leads to overeating and weight gain. A simple way to shed pounds is to simply sleep longer.
Go to bed 30 – 60 minutes earlier than you usually do. You will have more energy the next day and you will feel less hungry.

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!)

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