Sleep your way to your ideal body…
How sleep affects weight loss inadvertently.
As crazy as this sounds one of the first reasons I see clients sabotage their weight loss cbd products is general fatigue which is usually caused by lack of sleep.
Sleep deprivation is one of the reasons why most new parents tend to gain weight during their first year of parenting.
Here is the thing…
When you’re sleep deprived the last thing you’ll care for is weight loss, eating healthy/balanced meals and working out! All you’ll want to do is eat your way into a sugar coma!
On the contrary when you do get an adequate amount of sleep you’re more likely to stick to your diet, enjoy your workouts which will all contribute to you losing weight.
Here is all you need to know about sleep and weight gain/sleep and weight loss.
It’s a simple 3 step process and it doesn’t have much to do with ‘hormone balancing’ which is a common message being echoed by many experts these days – to me it’s just unnecessary NOISE!
Here is how lack of sleep will potentially sabotage your weight loss program and contribute to additional weight gain:
Step 1. When you don’t get an adequate amount of sleep you end up being/feeling tired and fatigued.
Step 2. As a result of lethargy and general fatigue you will want to eat more – and you WILL eat more! While food being the primary source of energy for the body, when you’re physically and mentally drained you’re biologically wired to focus on food and getting as much of it into your belly as possible as a way to get some energy. At this point weight loss is the last thing on your mind. You become hyper focused on restoring those depleted energy reserves by eating (lots).
And we know that in order to lose weight we must sustain a relative caloric deficit (eating less than what you’re using throughout the day), which actually contributes to some fatigue, so if you’re trying to diet and you’re not sleeping you’re bound to crash and binge as a result.
Step 3.Essentially as you aim to restore your energy levels by eating more, you end up taking in way more energy that you’re actually burning which ends up being stored as fat ie. energy reserves on your booty and thighs.
I can tell you first hand that when you’re tired due to lack of sleep, food will not do much in terms of restoring your energy levels. You’ll continue to eat and eat and eat, but you will not feel any better until you begin to get your sleep under control.
Until you give your body the rest it needs it will continue to attempt to regain it’s energy balance through food which will not work in your favor for fat loss.
As you can see, it’s a very very simple process and although your hormones (as most experts like to say) are disrupted when your sleep patterns are out of whack, they are not the cause of weight gain as ‘they’ would have you believe. The problem being lack of sleep leads to general fatigue which then contributes to common overfeeding frenzy in an attempt to restoring energy reserves.
When dieting for fat loss, sleep is a must and you have to be consistent with it.
When you compromise on sleep the first thing to suffer on your weight loss plan is your diet which also happens to be the most vital aspect in any weight loss program.
So if you want to lose weight, keep your sleep in check.