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Sleep well to lose weight

Sleep well to lose weight

I always get this question from my clients: “I exercise well and eat well, but I still can’t lose weight – what is the reason?” And my only answer is that losing weight isn’t just about the food you eat or the amount of exercise you do — there’s a lot more to it. We need to understand that weight loss isn’t just related to food and activity; it is more about hormonal balance, emotional issues, stress, lack of sleep and many such other issues. People ask: How is sleep related to my weight problems? It shouldn’t matter if I sleep well or not, I should lose weight if I eat right and exercise enough! But that is never the case; Our sleep quality is a very important aspect when it comes to weight loss as research and studies have shown that 55 percent of body fat burning can be accelerated when you are in a state of deep rest and sleep.

Sleep is the period when our body releases the human growth hormone which is responsible for producing the lean muscle mass in our body; and when there is more muscle mass in the body, the percentage of fat decreases. In this case, the body has a greater ability to burn fat and energy throughout the day to maintain that lean muscle tone. Due to lack of sleep, our body is unable to produce leptin, which is responsible for satiety (the feeling of fullness after a meal). If leptin is suppressed, there will be poor appetite regulation and increased hunger signals the next day so we end up eating more, affecting weight and body size. Imagine if this happens every day, our body will never understand the signals properly nor will it be full even after a heavy meal which will eventually lead to eating more and eventually weight gain.

But it doesn’t end here; with a disturbed sleep pattern, the cortisol level (stress hormone) also increases and this signals more fat accumulation in the body. High cortisol also causes low thyroxine which further makes it difficult to lose weight and basically causes weight gain due to a slowed metabolism. Disturbed sleep causes food cravings, increased hunger pangs, low satiety levels, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, brain fog, sluggish liver, etc., all of which ultimately lead to weight gain. So fix the root cause of your inadequate sleep cycle if you want to shed those extra pounds. Make your room pitch dark before going to sleep, listen to soothing music or focus on deep breathing in the left nostril to relax the mind and get a better and deeper sleep cycle. Follow these tips continuously to achieve a good sleep cycle and gradually your weight loss will begin as well.

On to a good night’s sleep and a fitter body!

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