What if you could lose weight while you sleep? It’s absolutely possible! Sleep is an important factor in your weight loss plan, but it’s one that is often overlooked.
Think of sleep as a foundation for your life. Without enough quality sleep you won’t feel your best the next day, your workouts might suffer, and your willpower for eating healthy may falter.
When you cut back on sleep, your body tries to preserve energy by burning calories at a slower rate — a huge setback if you’re trying to lose weight. If you feel like you’ve tried everything but a few stubborn pounds just won’t go away, it could be a signal that you need more rest.
What happens when you skimp on sleep:
- Cortisol is affected, making you feel hungry even when you’re full.
- Fat storage increases along with higher levels of blood sugar, which can cause weight gain.
- Increased visceral adipose tissue, the fat that surrounds internal organs.
Doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep each night. It’s not just the quantity of sleep; quality is what we’re striving for. In a clinical study, people burned about 400 more calories by sleeping 3 extra hours, totaling an additional 2,800 calories a week! Click here to read the study: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=746184
Benefits you’ll begin to notice when you get the right amount of sleep for your body:
- More energy and a clearer mind.
- Your overall exercise performance will improve.
- Quicker recovery after a tough workout. Torn muscle tissues rebuild while you sleep.
- Better impulse control over food choices.
Now that you know why it’s crucial to catch enough Zs, try to incorporate healthy sleep habits into your routine. Give yourself enough time to sleep for at least 7-8 hours each night. Cut down on screen time about an hour before falling asleep. Try to have your last meal or snack 2 hours before bedtime. Keep your bedroom cool and dark, and minimize clutter so your mind is more at ease.
Bottom line: if you want to lose weight, have more energy for exercising and feel less hungry during the day — give your body the rest it deserves.