Lack of sleep has been proven to actually cause weight gain in several ways.
It’s such a simple thing.
Yet so many of us are sleep-deprived and pay no attention to what effect this has on our lives.
We think, so, we’re a little tired the next day. Nothing that a Diet Coke or a coffee can’t fix.
If you are one of many millions of women who struggle to get to their natural weight, the simplest and best thing you can do to start is make sure you get enough.
Lack of sleep has a profound effect on the way your brain functions. And that in turn has a major effect on how you eat.
Women who sleep less than 7 or 8 hours a night demonstrate a preference for higher calorie food and eat a greater number of calories for the day. This is because the reward center of the brain is more active with less sleep, and it responds more to high-calorie food.
With less sleep we make more poor choices. Our desire for junk food increases.
With less sleep we burn less calories, about 5% less to be exact.
And we also eat more, about 20% more calories!
We crave more, too… it’s not our imagination. Our levels of the hormone ghrelin are increased, and that hormone is what gives us our appetite, and increases our fat production.
At the same time, our levels of the hormone leptin are decreased. This hormone tells us when to eat. So when it’s lowered, it tells us we need food for energy. When it’s high, it gives us the signal that we’re full. So being lowered from lack of sleep causes us to feel hungry even after we eat.
Weight loss is complicated.
There are so many factors involved.
There is your brain, your emotions, your physiology, and what you eat, how much and when.
But even with all these factors, if you were to take care of this one foundational element, you’d be far ahead of the crowd.
Your body would be running smoothly, as it was designed to. You’d want food when you were hungry…and be able to stop when satisfied.
These signals take some training to pick up when all systems are flowing healthily.
But adding lack of sleep to the mix makes it many times harder than it need be.
And it’s so simple to fix.
If you are getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night, ask yourself why.
Why is it not important to give your body what it needs to function well and fully?
If you do only one thing for yourself right now, let it be that you start prioritizing your sleep.
You will feel an amazing difference in just about every area of your life. And if weight loss is on your list of things you’d love to accomplish, then make getting enough sleep your #1 goal. The weight loss will follow.