How Sleep Affects Weight Loss

Yesterday I wrote a post on how I gained a fat butt by working 12 – 14 hours a day, the post dealth with the over eating during those long work days, what was left unsaid was the lack of sleep I was getting, today post will focus more on how sleep affects weight loss.

We have been subjected to the saying “you snooze you lose” in reference to being on the ball regarding competing in business. To stay ahead of the competition you need to put in the hours, you need to burn the midnight oil, our society is bombarded with these mantra. I am not going to debate the truth or lack of truth to these statements; however I want to address the issue of sleep as it applies to weight loss.

How sleep affects weight loss is rather interesting from the aspect that several studies have shown that lack of sleep hinders weight loss. On first blush this makes lots of sense because if you are asleep you can’t eat, unless you sleep walk, but that’s another topic. The more scientific reasons for this is discussed in the video and articles below. There are excerpts from two articles, the first one is by Lisa S Scott, ezinearticles.com author and the second is by Amy Korn-Reavis, take a look.

How Sleep Affects Weight Loss

No, I am not advertising on behalf of a weight loss pill manufacturer!!!

Get a good night’s sleep and you will lose weight easier. Sleep really is one of the important things you can change when you are trying to lose weight.

To get the best results from any weight loss programme you are following, you need to address your whole lifestyle including sleep.

If you have a poor night’s sleep only a fraction of the jobs the body does while we sleep will get done, it needs to repair, recover, re-heal and regenerate. Also our hormones and organs help to detox and rebalance the body. We can get away with the occasional poor nights sleep but if they happen too often our immune system, health and internal system will deteriorate, which will include fat gain around the stomach, poor and often erratic energy levels, irritability and the need for caffeine and nicotine to help us function.

Once you have removed sugar, alcohol, caffeine, pasteurised dairy, wheat and all processed foods ( and yes there are still some things left to eat!!!) you can start fixing a good bedtime routine, and all will fall into place.

To read the rest of this story click the following link: EzineArticles.com

During my long worked days which I mentioned above sleep deprivation was replaced by taking risk taking to keep me stimulated, things like fast driving to stay alert, making rash business decisions which, by the way, came back to haunt me, similiar things are done by those of us who lack the proper amount of sleep. Next lets take a look at a video explaining the science behind weight gain and the lack of sleep, take a look.

With the current record temperatures and high humidity working out can cause an increase drain on our energy, to compensate for this more sleep is required; however the longer summer days works against that. More sunshine causes us to stay up later, depriving us of much needed sleep. The scientific proof in the video above is backed up by other sources such as the following article, an excerpt from the article written by Amy Korn-Reavis is below, take a look.

Why You Need to Get 7-8 Hours Of Sleep

We run on less and less sleep so we can get more done and connect to more people. This lack of sleep has a harsh affect on our brain. It will not only effect how we make decisions, deal with emotions and are able to concentrate but it will also affect our appetite. Sleep deprivation causes us to make rash decisions. This can lead to more volatile emotions and negative emotions like stress and anger. This leads to stress eating. It can also lead to eating foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt.

Sleep deprivation also increases the feelings of hunger. People who are sleep deprived will eat more frequently to help keep them awake. Again the foods they choose tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar. This just makes it harder to stay on your choice of food plans.…

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