Snooze to Lose Weight
If you want to find a way for faster, healthy weight loss,
and you think there is nothing new under the sun, then what
I’m about to tell you will really make you take a nap!
According to Dr Kenneth Goodrick at Baylor University, a
good night’s sleep is a vital ingredient for weight loss.
He believes that lack of sleep robs people of the energy
they need to exercise and sets up a vicious low-energy cycle
that sabotages your healthy weight loss programme. Often
when energy reserves are low, people turn to high-fat and
high-sugar laden foods or caffeinated drinks for energy
pick-me-ups…all of which interfere with a healthy weight
loss program. Some may drink 10 to 15 caffeinated beverages
a day, which has a adverse effect on sleep quality. It’s a
is not the only fascinating connection between sleep and
healthy weight loss. Researchers have found there are two
hormones involved. Leptin, a hormone that suppresses
appetite, and grehlin, which increases food intake and is
thought to play a role in long-term regulation of body
weight. Sleep deprivation lowers the levels of leptin and
raises levels of grehlin. This is thought to be the reason
why obese people suffering with sleep apnea often put on
weight faster than others.
Goodrick says, “Sleep is a time for the brain, the body, and
all the hormones to get regulated and restore themselves to
the baseline values for the next day. If you have caffeine,
or inadequate sleep, you don’t have a chance for all of
those restorative processes to get finished. So you’re
ending not quite fit, or metabolically where you should be”.
What is a good night’s sleep? Participants in a US study who
got less than 4 hours of sleep each night were 73 percent
more likely to be obese than those who sleep between 7 and 9
hours a night, the recommended amount. Those who slept only
5 hours each night were 50 percent more likely to be
overweight, and those who slept 6 hours a night were 23
percent more likely to be overweight.
It’s official, for good health and a healthy weight loss
program, we all need to wake up and get a good night’s