Are you working hard to lose weight with diet changes and exercise?
Well, if you’re not losing the weight, then you may in fact be working too hard, and not getting enough sleep!
CNN reports on new research that identifies as a key factor to weight loss! Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered that dieters who slept 8.5 hours lost a dramatic 55 percent more body fat than dieters who slept only 5.5 hours. Participants in the study who slept less, found that they had more hunger cravings throughout the day even though they didn’t change any other aspects of their lifestyles!
Why is this? Hormones! It is believed that not enough sleep effects your hormone levels, especially ghrelin, which is known to be the hormone that controls appetite and weight. When this hormone gets out of whack it results in making the individual hungrier and leads to more fat retention.
Thus, an important weight loss strategy, the “lazzzy weight loss strategy”, is a good nights sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping, here are just a few weight loss tips:
- Sleep near or in complete darkness (even if you’re scared of the dark)! Once again, hormones are the reason for this. Light can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms and melatonin and serotonin produced by the body.
- Relax before going to bed. Meditation, prayer, etc. are good methods.
- Don’t drink liquids before going to bed… I think the reason for this is obvious.
- Avoid eating high sugar / carb foods before bed.
- Avoid alcohol before bed.