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So, without further ado, this is the first weight loss hack you aren’t using:
Go to sleep! This one is simple. As far as we can tell every animal since the dawn of time has had the requirement of some kind of sleep. It is a built-in super recovery and reset mode. With an absence of sleep we start to experience blurred vision, slurred speech, loss of coordination, mental fog, and even hallucinations.
Even if you only had this information you should be prioritizing sleep. However, sleep also plays a huge role in weight management. here are some of the ways getting more sleep can help you lose weight
1. You will be thinking more clearly.
As we discussed above, if you are not sleeping you are not thinking clearly. This is more likely to lead to poor decision making where health is concerned.
If you aren’t running on a full night of sleep you will be more likely to go for the “comfort” foods (calorie dense foods high in fat and carbohydrates) instead of the healthier option you would take if you were operating at full capacity.
By getting good sleep you can expect to be thinking clearly and able to make more intelligent decisions regarding your weight management goals.
2. You cant over eat if you are asleep!
Ok, it’s a little more complicated than that but the premise is that simple. If you are sleeping 8 hours a night you are guaranteeing that you are having at least an 8 hour fast, which can have all kinds of benefits for you.
Studies have shown that having more waking hours in the day usually leads to continued food consumption, meaning you keep eating as long as you are awake. For many people this means that they are eating the caloric equivalent of an additional meal if they are up late.
Once more, your body naturally curbs your appetite during the hours you are asleep. Making it easier to stick to portion to control for the meals you consume before and after you sleep.
3. More sleep, less stress, less appetite, more fat burning.
Multiple studies have shown that decreased sleep duration causes a decrease in the satiety hormone leptin, and an increase in the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Basically your appetite increases in general though out the day when you are not well rested.
By putting yourself to sleep your body can take advantage of what it perceives as a low stress environment and take you out of fat storage mode.
So there it is. By regularly getting to sleep you can ensure that you are not creating a losing battle for your body. Yes weight loss requires a caloric deficit but that does not occur in a closed system. Everything plays a factor and sleep is no exception.
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