How Sleep Helps You Burn Fat

March 16, 2015 | By | 11 Comments

If you want to burn fat as fast as possible, “shut-eye” is the secret…

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…

Metabolic Effects 

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.

Craving Control

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.

Energy Sabotage

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.

Insulin Sensitivity

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.

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Comments (11)

  1. Linda Gregory

    Is there such a thing as too much sleep? All of this has been so helpful to me! I really need to lose 30 lbs. Thanks!

  2. Kathleen

    I’m a horrible sleeper. I have been for years. Tried everything from pills to exercising. I have been flowing the ccd for 3 weeks. I lost 8 pounds in 10 days now nothing. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong. I realize that 8 pounds is not bad for 3 weeks but not seeing more for the last 10 days is feeling discouraging.

  3. Jacquie

    I am post menopausal and have an awful time sleeping will that change as I change my eating habits? Also, I’m in my 2nd week and have bouts of diarrhea after I eat, am I doing something wrong or is that normal in the begining?

    • Your sleeping habits will improve as you start to eat healthier. The diet may be too abrupt for you. Try having 3 cheat meals a week to start. If you continue to have diarrhea you should consult with your doctor to see if there is another problem.

  4. Claudia Tackett

    I have been sick. Yes I got special gift and functional health.will download all when I can,
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    Claudia Tackett.
    I have been reading all the articles first. Am ready for weight loss 101

  5. Carmen Cisneros

    I’m new to the program , I can not sleep well because hot flash and nite sweat are waking, and I am not yet menopause . Suggestions please

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