If you want to shed those excess pounds that have crept up over months (or even years) more sleep may be the secret.
You see, lack of sleep is proven to cause weight gain. So, understanding the different ways it impacts you and then taking steps to overcome it will help you see greater success with your fat loss goals.
Here’s the scoop…
First, lack of sleep can actually slow down your metabolic rate so that you are burning fewer calories each day. If it feels like no matter how hard you try the scale won’t budge, chances are your metabolism is not running nearly as fast as it could be.
Your sleep could be to blame. That said, many things impact your metabolic rate and sleep isn’t the only factor, nevertheless, it’s a big one.
Next, sleep can also affect the cravings that you experience on a daily basis. If you find that you want to eat non-stop after a night of little rest, it isn’t just your will power that’s at work here.
You will crave more food – especially sugary food – after a lack of sleep. The body knows that sugar is an instant source of energy and as such, it’s seeking this out.
If you are giving in to these cravings, it doesn’t take much to realize that this isn’t helping your weight loss efforts.
The next big impact sleep has is on your energy levels. After a night of tossing and turning, or a night of not enough total hours of sleep, you’ll feel drained.
You won’t want to get out of bed (or off the couch), let alone hit the gym for a workout session.
Putting forth maximum energy and effort during your workouts is key to making them successful, and sadly, lack of sleep will prevent this.
Finally, a lack of sleep will harm your insulin sensitivity. If you aren’t sleeping enough, your body will be more prone to converting any carbohydrates you consume straight into body fat rather than storing them in your muscle tissue for later use.
Over time this leads to unwanted weight gain.
Maintaining good insulin sensitivity is critical not only for weight loss, but preventing diabetes as well. Sleeping enough is a big factor in achieving this.
And those are just a few of the many ways in which lack of sleep will impact your weight loss efforts. As you can see, it’s something to take very seriously so aim for 7-9 hours – every single night of the week.