How to Lose Weight after the Holidays
The holidays are a time for family, friends and, let’s not forget, food. Between the cocktails, endless meals and countless Christmas cookies, we all indulge this time of year. Unfortunately, the fun and feasting come to a screeching halt as the new year begins. We start self-assessing and deciding on resolutions. For most of us, that means deciding to lose weight, and the easiest way to shed those extra pounds is… drum roll, please…. sleep!
The Resolution You’ll Actually Keep Long Term!
It is no secret the most popular New Year’s resolutions are focused on weight loss and fitness. So many of us, however, make these resolutions without a clear goal and with little strategy. If we do have a plan, it is typically something drastic like swearing off carbs forever or switching cold-turkey from six-hour Netflix binges to daily two-hour workouts. We know these extreme measures are only sustainable short term — making it impossible to for us to stay on track.
What we don’t realize is there is a micro-adjustment we can make that helps burn more calories, increase metabolism and improve muscle recovery and performance. Increasing your sleep density index by sleeping cold can do just that.
You don’t have to go to the gym for three hours, seven days a week. You don’t have to count the calories. You don’t have to feel guilty.
You do need to sleep.
By now you’re probably thinking, “Losing weight in my sleep sounds not only too good to be true but downright impossible.” Well, take a look at the research that shows the correlation of weight loss success and sleep. A recent study shows that humans exert a substantial amount of energy (i.e. calories) to regulate body temperature, especially in cooler ambient temperature.
Essentially, our bodies burn more calories trying to keep us warm than when trying to cool us off or maintaining a comfortable temperature. In fact, this effort increases metabolism by 10 percent and can increase calories burned by as much as 30 percent!
Additionally, research shows exposure to cold temperatures, like those you can achieve with the ChiliPad, triggers the protein called transcription factor Zfp516 to convert white fat. This temperate adjustment converts the white fat that stores energy and produces hormones into brown fat, which helps you burn calories. This means that boosted levels of the Zfp516 protein have been shown to deter weight gain by 30 percent.
The deep sleep achieved through cool temperature is also able to improve muscle recovery and performance by anywhere from 5 to 30 percent. This means, because of an increase in restorative sleep, you will have healthier, stronger muscles and more energy throughout the day. More energy can result in a more active lifestyle, putting you even closer to your weight loss goals.
A Simple Strategy to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals
Now that you understand how sleeping cold can help you accomplish your weight loss and fitness goals this year, it is time to make the commitment. Make your resolution something simple and attainable with innumerable health benefits. Resolve to prioritize your sleep and sleep cold. This time next year, your decision will have you smiling with pride at a resolution well kept with the results to prove it!