Could Your Sleep Habits be Making You Fat?

Sleeping GirlWouldn’t it be great if we could sleep our way to a slimmer, healthier body? While it sounds too easy, there is some truth to that statement. Studies have found that not getting a good night sleep can really impact your weight loss goals in a negative way. If you are trying to shed fat and build lean muscle, take a look at your sleep.

Here are three reasons you should get a good night sleep:

  • When you are tired you make bad decisions. When you aren’t thinking clearly you are more likely to go for that bowl of chips rather than that healthy bowl of yogurt. It also becomes harder to break habits or fight cravings. If you have less energy you might be more likely to eat out than prepare yourself a great, healthy meal.
  • When you are tired you are less likely to exercise or give your workout 100%. Tiredness is one of the top excuses people give for ditching their workout.
  • Lack of sleep can also change the hormones that help you determine fullness and hunger. Wow! That’s huge. It’s not just a lack of willpower, poor sleep habits might be causing you to feel less satisfied. On top of that, you also produce more stress hormone (cortisol) which can lead you to hang on to more fat.

Life is full of challenges that prevent us from getting our sleep, but like everything else, you need to commit to forming better habits.  Whether it is leaving technology in another room, making your night time routine more relaxing, or simply sticking to a schedule, make it a goal to get 7-9 hours every night. As a busy mom, I find it easy to roll my eyes at an article like this but just like exercise and eating healthy, getting the right amount of sleep is essential to making your body look and feel its best.

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