3 facts about sleep and weight loss

As I have said many times, strength training and a healthy diet is the secret combination to losing weight and keeping it off. That doesn’t take away from using all the scientific facts to help in your search. Even simple things can contribute to how much weight you lose and how quickly you lose it.

Staying away from the things that make you gain weight is just as beneficial as finding ways to lose weight and keep it off. For example, evidence shows that lack of sleep contributes to weight gain. It’s not obvious exactly why this is true, but one study indicated that women who only get 5 hours of sleep a night gain weight more dramatically than women who get 7 hours of sleep.

There are three theories as possible causes of this:

1. Secretion of Cortisol

Although not proven, sleep deprivation is believed to affect the amount of cortisol secreted by the body. This hormone is the one that regulates the human appetite. Losing sleep can make a person feel hungry when he is not due to a reaction in metabolism.

2. More sedentary

People who don’t get enough sleep often move less during waking hours. This means fewer calories burned and fewer pounds lost.

3. Affect over emotions

It’s no secret that people who don’t sleep don’t think clearly. Emotions are affected by lack of sleep, and sudden bouts of depression, anger, or frustration may follow. Insomnia leads to confusion and moodiness, which are not the best mental conditions for losing weight and keeping it off.

Weight loss and maintenance only work when the mind and body work together. If you get 8 hours of sleep each night, your diet program will run smoother and you’ll be better able to focus on more important aspects of your life.

Losing weight and keeping it off starts with the motivation to achieve a goal, and sleep is an important ingredient in knowing how well you’ll be motivated. If you’re currently not getting as much sleep as you should, develop rituals that you do before bed to slow your system down. A warm bath, reading, writing notes, and other relaxing practices will make your body more ready for sleep. Avoid doing anything that might keep your mind sharp.

Even if you need to sleep, don’t take the short route and use medication. Eventually they will make your problems worse. Reduce your stress and you will sleep better and be prepared to lose those extra kilos.