Why Sleep Is Important For Weight Loss

June 9, 2015

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Sleep and weight loss are correlated.

Lack of sleep or missing out on half an hour or an hour of sleep on a regular basis can impact your waistline.

In other words, if you wish to lose weight then you should get adequate sleep, every day.

There are two ways insufficient sleep affects weight loss, rather contributes to weight gain.

One way is biological, or physiological. The other is psychological. Let us take a look at the physiological aspects first.

When you sleep for a good six to eight hours, the levels of fatty acids in your blood would rise and recede. This is a cycle that your body undergoes every night.

If you don’t get enough sleep, then the levels of fatty acids in your blood would rise but not recede. This affects your metabolism.

You may eat normal meals and you might have a weight loss strategy but the consequences would be far from desired as you would not be able to use up the calories consumed.

The cycle of fatty acid levels rising and not receding also affects the insulin resistance in the body and thus it is quite detrimental to those who have diabetes or are trying to control their blood sugar.

The psychological impact of insufficient sleep is fairly simple to understand. When you have sleep deprivation, you are likely to feel sleepy during the daytime and that would compel you to opt for some coffee, which is rich in calories, and people often rely on comfort foods to get over the grogginess and sluggishness.

Lack of enough sleep would compel you to avoid cooking and you would end up eating out or ordering in.

Whichever way you look at it, lack of enough sleep will lead you to eat foods that are high in calories. This is of direct consequence to your weight loss goals.

Gorging on chips and fries, coffee and other quick snacks is the last thing you should do if you are trying to watch your weight. And lack of sleep will not help you to avoid them.

Many people indulge in sleep deprivation and think that they can make up for it over the weekend, when they can sleep longer.

Lack of sleep throughout the week cannot be compensated by an hour of extra sleep over the weekends.

Lack of sleep doesn’t just facilitate weight gain. There are many other adverse impacts on your health.

 

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