The link between sleep and weight loss is huge, but all too often ignored. The details are not 100% understood, but the bottom line is that if your goal is to maintain a healthy weight, make sure to get enough quality sleep!
Scientists are not entirely sure, but one theory has to do with evolution and survival. Sleep deprivation puts stress on the mind and body. One of the natural reactions to stress is to conserve energy. Without enough quality sleep, metabolism slows. That part has been proven – metabolism slows without enough quality sleep. The slowing of metabolism inhibits weight loss, which can also present as a plateau after some weight has already been lost.
That’s only the beginning. Quality sleep makes every aspect of weight loss and healthy living easier and more realistic.
Do you ever plan to exercise first thing in the morning, but skip because you hit the snooze button too many time? Perhaps you would be able to consistently get out of bed and keep your plans to exercise after 8 hours of restful sleep.
What about scheduling your exercise for right after work? How do you feel after a long day at the office? Are you energized and ready to go, or are you tired and ready to lay down on the couch? Maybe a full night of sleep would help you maintain energy throughout the day, and long enough for a great workout before dinner.
Speaking of dinner and energy later in the day, how do you feel about making a healthy dinner after work? Without enough quality sleep, it is SO easy to throw in the towel for some effort-free, unhealthy food.
Let’s back up to the earlier meals of the day. Have you ever left your healthy packed lunch at home because you overslept and had to run out the door in a hurry? Have you ever skipped breakfast because you were unfocused in the morning and had to rush around to get ready and leave?
It’s pretty widely accepted that proper nutrition and activity regulate weight loss. After considering the examples above, do you think your sleep habits are helping or hurting your ability to manage your weight?
Remember, every aspect of your mind and body is connected! Start improving some, and the others will begin to fall in line. What is your biggest struggle, and what are you going to do about it?
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