Getting More Sleep Can Help with Weight Loss

Sleep More to Lose Weight

Are your weight loss efforts being met with little or no results? Have you gained weight instead? There may be a very simple reason why: Lack of sleep. Destinata, San Diego’s Ultimate Fitness and Weight Loss Retreat proposes that a solid 8 hours each night can improve your weight loss.

Studies suggest that sleep loss may increase hunger and affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight. Sleep loss appears to do two things:

1. Makes you feel hungry even if you are full. Sleep loss has been shown to affect the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite. As a result, individuals who lose sleep may continue to feel hungry despite adequate food intake.

2. Increases fat storage. Sleep loss may interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates, which leads to high levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar promotes the overproduction of insulin, which can lead to the storage of body fat and insulin resistance, a critical step into the development of diabetes.

Specialists recommend that people who vow to lose weight should adjust their sleep habits as well as their eating and exercise habits. The following are useful tips to help shape up.

~ Don’t go to bed feeling hungry, but don’t eat a big meal right before bedtime.

~ Exercise regularly, but no sooner than three hours before bedtime.

~ Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening.

~ If you have trouble sleeping at night, don’t nap during the day.

~ Establish relaxing pre-sleep rituals, such as a warm bath or a few minutes of reading.

~ Create a pleasant sleep environment. Make it as dark and quiet as possible.

~ If you can’t sleep, don’t stay in bed fretting. After 30 minutes, go to another room and involve yourself in a relaxing activity until you feel sleepy.

Destinata Retreats wishes you a good night’s sleep and weight loss success.

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