When you want to lose weight, the first thing that comes to mind is a restrictive diet. That is where a lot of people are wrong.
A healthy diet is a balanced diet. You need to change it but do not starve yourself. Include healthier foods like fruits and vegetables and keep in mind that everything can make you gain weight if consumed excessively.
Your relation with food should always be healthy and enjoyable.
Depending on the diet you choose, it may include:
- Limiting your food portions
- Choosing healthier alternatives
- Following certain meal plans such as a low-calorie diet
- Avoiding sweets, soda, and junk food as much as possible
Another common strategy is to become more physically active. This may include hitting the gym, working out regularly, or even making simple changes such as taking the stairs every day instead of the elevator.
While dieting and exercising are indeed helpful for weight loss, there is one aspect that is usually overlooked: getting enough sleep daily.
This article focuses on the importance of sleep to shed off those extra pounds.
It keeps you refreshed and energized.
If you had a long, undisturbed night of sleep, you’d most likely wake up feeling great and full of energy. You feel more vigor and enthusiasm to undertake your daily workout and keep your motivation going.
Then, if you are tired from working out during the day, you will most likely be able to fall right to sleep when you get home.
It takes on average 21 days to change or implement habits, past that time it will become natural and easier to keep up with this healthy cycle.
It helps keep fat genes in check.
It was indicated by a study conducted recently that women who had 7-9 hours of sleep every night weighed less than those who had fewer hours of sleep.
It is believed by the researchers that the respondents who had less than 7 hours of sleep per night (and interestingly, those who had more than 9 hours of sleep per night) were more vulnerable to being affected by genetic tendencies to be obese or overweight.
Thus, while it is ideal that you get 7-9 hours of sleep per day, you shouldn’t exceed 9 hours of sleep.
Remember, too much of anything can be bad.
Stomach fat is reduced.
Stomach fat is increased not just by food intake, but also by stress and anxiety levels. The more stressed you are, the more likely you will get additional stomach fat. It is important to not just think about food dieting but a healthier lifestyle.
An effective way of reducing stress and anxiety is by getting a good night’s sleep!
You get to eat less.
Leptin is the body’s hormone that regulates hunger. It helps your body recognize that you are full. On the other hand, ghrelin is the body’s hormone that triggers your appetite.
When you do not get enough sleep, the level of ghrelin is increased and the level of leptin is decreased. This may result in overeating.
As a matter of fact, another study showed that women who are sleep-deprived consumed roughly 300 calories more than those who got enough sleep.
Are you trying to lose weight? Eat a well-balanced diet, engage in regular exercise, but most of all, get enough sleep every night!
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