Sleep yourself thin.

When it comes to weight loss we are told eat less, exercise more, a very simple rule to go by, but as many people know not always that easy. The human body is an amazing thing, removing all the weight loss products, liposuction, gastric bands etc, the body will always adapt to its environment. This includes food intake and the amount of activity needed to use that food.

In a world of 24 hour this and that, sleep is the most under appreciated need. We work longer hours, shift work, stay up watching late television. There seems to be a drift toward sleep deprivation, on average people are sleeping 90 minutes less than they were decades ago.

There have been many studies that have shown that sleep deprivation results in reduced cognitive function, hormone changes, poor blood pressure, and increased insulin sensitivity. Several studies have shown the link between sleep deprivation and obesity and poor health.

In an increasing world obesity epidemic it is not just coincidence that we are sleeping less and getting fatter. There is just to much evidence supporting the lack of sleep associated poor health. Yet people continue to work longer sleep less.

So what’s the answer? Try to aim to get 8 hours of sleep every night. If however you get only 6 hours one night it does not mean if you get 10 hours the next night its ok. Try to be consistent with your eating, training, and sleeping routines to give your body the best chance of losing weight and staying healthy. Excessive body fat alters metabolism, which also interferes with normal sleep patterns. So its vital to ensure you are eating the right diet for you, and exercising regularly. Ensure your exercise routine has a good combination of resistance training and cardio. To lose weight its important to elevate the heart rate during exercise.

Sleep deprived people are fatter; research has shown that people who are sleep deprived had a higher fat intake in their diets. Try to keep your diet low in fat especially if you want to increase your chances of losing the weight. People who sleep less also use more caffeine loaded drinks, although caffeine can be a good stimulant and aid weight loss, it’s the sugar in the drinks its contained in, that increase the chances of you getting fatter.

In conclusion weight loss is difficult, the key is to be consistent with your diet, training and sleep. Give your body all the tools it needs to help you lose weight, and it will do exactly what you want. Think of your body as your car, without petrol it will not run, without water it will not run, without oil it will not run. If all three are present your car will not only run but will take you where you want to go.

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