How To Lose Weight in Your Sleep
The overwhelming leader in the “New Years Resolution” clubhouse is the infamous vow to lose weight, and it’s not even close. Unfortunately, many of us fail to follow through… What if I told you that you could actually lose weight in your sleep?
I thought that would get your attention.
When I first started reading about the connection between sleep and weight loss, I felt a sense of validation, as I have always had this theory that weight loss occurred more often and easily during periods when I have gotten more sleep. In my mind, I actually felt like the longer I slept, the more weight I would lose. Well, sometimes we are right while being wrong about why.
It’s not quite the sleep that helps us lose weight as much as it is that a lack of quality sleep for the recommended period of 7-9 hours an evening hampers healthy weight. Not enough sleep will lead to a decrease in our body’s ability to function properly, which leads to weight gain.
Essentially, a lack of sleep increases likelihood of weight gain whereas proper sleep allows your body to optimally function and keep you at a healthy weight. Beyond that, diet and sleep have a cyclical effect, where sleep affects our diet and our diet affects our sleep.
Dizzy? Let me explain.
Sleep and Diet
It’s important to focus on the effect of sleep on our diets because getting good sleep makes diet decisions so much easier. When we are sleep deprived, we disrupt the hormones in our bodies that regulate our appetite and slow down our metabolism.
Plus, a lack of sleep can have a negative impact on our ability to make sound judgments and control our impulses. When we sleep better, we can think more clearly and make better decisions. Better decisions inevitably lead to better life. Turning our attention back to how sleep affects diet decisions: more sleep makes it easier to stay mentally strong
Diet and Sleep
Beyond the obvious impact that fatty foods have on our ability to lose weight, studies also show a correlation between individuals that tend to snack on high-fat foods and those who tend to be lacking sleep. This is double trouble because high-fat foods make individuals feel tired and lead to poor overall sleep performance.
Simply put, eating well will lead to sleeping well. Ensuring that your diet has a diverse amount of vitamin and mineral nutrients will improve your body’s circulation, relaxation, and cycle regulation while you sleep.
Keep it Simple
While there is plenty of room to dive deeper into the factors of why sleep helps us lose weight and perform at an overall higher level in life, the most important thing is to try it out for yourself. After all, the empirical evidence tends to hold the most weight. Start empirically observing your eating habits and subsequent sleep patterns to see the results for yourself. If you vowed to lose weight in the New Year, focus on getting quality sleep. There is no excuse not to start losing weight in your sleep tonight.