Why Sleep Is Essential For Weight Loss
Lately, you’ve been telling people that you’re going to get on the fast track to lose weight. You’ve purchased a gym membership, you’ve emptied your refrigerator and pantry of all of its junk food, you’ve bought some new workout gear and you even got some vitamins. Yes, you have almost all of what you need to get the pounds off. Everything but a pillow and a good mattress.
That’s right. Studies indicate that when it comes to weight loss, a good night’s sleep is essential. We figured you might be a bit skeptical about this fact and so we’ve enclosed three reasons why catching some zzz’s will help you to lose some fat:
Sleep Keeps Your Hormones in Check (and Balance)
Leptin and ghrelin are two hormones within our bodies that are directly connected to regulating hunger and fullness. Leptin lets our brains know when our bodies are full and ghrelin is what helps to stimulate our appetite. Health studies reflect that when we are sleep deprived, our ghrelin levels go up and in turn, provides us with the urge to want to eat more (oftentimes at inopportune times as well, like late at night).
Sleep Hinders You from Relying on Stimulants
Although some of us may rely on that cup of coffee or doughnut in the morning because of how it tastes, the reality is that our bodies may be dependent on it for an entirely different set of reasons. When you find yourself getting less than six hours of sleep per night, you tend to be sleep deprived (even if you don’t feel like you are). So, you end up spending the rest of the day trying to find things to help keep you awake like caffeine; however, when it comes to weight gain, the main culprit is processed sugar. Pastries, candy, sodas…all of these are things that may give you a surge of energy, but it comes at the cost of a lot of extra calories. You tend to eat less (and especially less junk) when you’ve slept more.
Sleep Helps Your Body Overall
If you’ve been thinking about going to a local furniture store to purchase a new bed, but you’re not sure if it’s a worthwhile investment, here are a few other things to consider when it comes to how sleep helps you to lose weight by assisting your overall well-being. When you are in a cycle of not getting enough adequate sleep, it can increase your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, it can interfere with how your body natural metabolizes carbohydrates and there are several studies which indicate that sleep deprivation can also lead to sleep deprivation; when this is the case, you increase your risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. The reality is that while some of us don’t get anywhere close to eight hours of sleep per night, that doesn’t mean that we don’t need it. Sleep is the time when our bodies are able to recharge and repair itself from all of the wear and tear that happens to it throughout the day. And, when our bodies are running at an optimal level, our metabolism can as well; that helps to lower our chance for gaining weight. So, if you want to do your body a favor, eat right (check), exercise (check), but don’t forget to get six-eight hours of sleep (checkmate). That’s the ultimate formula for shedding a pound…or two…or even 20.