An interesting article for you that ties in with lots of studies about Fatloss…….
The facts on the effects of sleep on fat loss
Krista Boulding / Campbell River Courier-Islander
September 5, 2014 12:00 AM
What does sleep have to do with fat loss? Quite a bit actually.
The most obvious connection is that when we’re exhausted we make less healthy choices; we seek out sugar, caffeine, and fast food to fill the energy reservoir quickly. We don’t have the motivation to make healthy meals from scratch, go to the gym, or walk the dog. Our willpower and drive are greatly diminished and we can’t resist those temptations we normally say no to.
On a deeper level, there is a reason for this. Sleep deprivation completely messes with our hormones. The infamous stress hormone cortisol goes on the rise. And we all know what that means: high cortisol = more belly fat! Grehlin, the hormone in charge of our hunger signals, increases. And Leptin, the hormone that keeps us satiated, decreases. So that leaves us really hungry and never satisfied…oh boy! Another alarming result of sleep deprivation is an increase in insulin resistance. Insulin is the hormone in charge of keeping blood sugar levels in check, and it also manages our fat storage. If you have insulin resistance, you will not process dietary carbohydrates properly, blood sugar levels rise, and you lose the ability to effectively burn fat. Not only that, but your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases significantly!
Another interesting fact: if you forgo sleep to wake up at the crack of dawn for your regular 5:30 a.m. boot camp, or morning 5 km run, you may actually GAIN weight. Yeah, I know, that is how important sleep is! Despite all those calories you’re burning, if you’re in a sleep deficit, your body will not respond well. Exercising in the morning is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But pressing snooze once in awhile and skipping your workout when you’ve had a rough night, can actually benefit your waistline.
Just an aside, for all the ladies going through menopause and gaining weight despite maintaining a healthy diet, focus on your sleep and reducing your stress levels and you will see results!
I always tell my clients, work on sleep FIRST. Aim for a minimum of seven hours per night. Get off the computer, shut the TV off, and go to bed! It won’t matter how much you exercise or how good your diet is, if you’re sleep deprived you will struggle with fat loss and you may even gain some. Sweet dreams!
Stay Active. Eat Well. Learn to Relax