Everyone enjoys getting a good night’s sleep, which is why it’s a simple trick for more weight loss.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough sleep every night.
Many people might know about the general health benefits of getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
But did you know that maintaining a regular sleep schedule can increase weight loss?
Science Confirms Sleep Deprived People Struggle with Weight Loss
University of Chicago researchers conducted a prolonged study of 10 overweight and obese men and women.
They found that those who got at least seven hours of sleep per night experienced a noticeable drop in appetite and a significant decreased desire to eat late night snacks.
Other scientific studies have determined that sleeping less can not only be harmful to your health, but it can lead to bad eating habits and weight gain. These studies have shown that the less sleep you get, the more your body craves food, which means you eat more at meals and also increase the amount of times that you snack.
Usually, it’s unhealthy snacks, right? Because who wants some fruit or veggies when they’re tired.
If you don’t get the right amount of sleep each night, your body releases more of a hormone called ghrelin. This “special” hormone tells you when you should eat.
Sleeping less appears to increase the ghrelin and encourages less than desirable choices when it comes to your food. Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep end up picking the easier, less healthy option for their meals.
Science has clearly proven that if you want to increase your weight loss, you need to get the right amount of sleep.
Of course, learning to control your cravings and eat a proper diet is a big help too.
You can also read this article about some sneaky misunderstandings about weight loss plateaus here.
Some food for thought (pardon the pun) are below…
Avoid Late Night Snacks
Researchers have found that if you do not get the proper amount of sleep, you will be more likely to snack, especially at night. More importantly, try to avoid snacking at night, especially within two hours of going to bed. Doing so will mean your body will have less time to digest the food, which can lead to significant weight gain.
Eat Breakfast. Even If It’s Only A Small One
After a good night’s sleep, you should be hungry but you shouldn’t be starving. Have a small, healthy breakfast. It helps you feel full until lunch time. It will also help to speed up your digestive system and metabolism which aid your weight loss efforts.
How To Have a Better Night’s Sleep
Move more – take the stairs or park further away from work and the store.
Breathe deeply – life is stressful so take big, deep, slow breaths…often! Lowers stress too.
Laugh more – no one has to get your jokes, laugh anyway because after all, laughter is the best medicine.
Don’t stress it and you’ll sleep better!
Sleep really is one of the simplest tricks for more weight loss so sleep tight!