Research has shown that there is a correlation between what you eat, how you sleep and weight loss. Solid facts have shown that the way you eat, and how you do eat affects your sleep as well.
And also, your sleep pattern affects your weight as well.
Many folks are so concerned about losing weight; thus chasing after one weight loss program or the other being promoted by some guru without considering the effects of sleep and what they eat ( and how they eat) on their weight loss regime.
No wonder they end up without achieving any result and wasting their money and time as well.
This article will be brief and straight to the point as we examine how and what we eat affects our sleeping and how it thus affects weight loss.
Let’s get it rolling already!
Facts Sleeping and the Human Brain
Failing to indulge in sleeping is the perfect recipe for your body to cook up ways to gain weight as it resorts to eating.
It’s been proven that failing to sleep well leads to skipping exercises and workout routines in many cases, indulging in overeating and often times turning in late from many a dinner outing.
This could spell doom if it goes on.
The truth has to be told here. Many Americans, nearly two-third actually, aren’t getting enough sleep during a typical week.
I am certainly guilty of this.
Experts do however agree that getting good quality shut-eye time is as important to your well-being, health and weight as diet and exercise is.
Lack of good sleeping routine dulls the brain and places it on a path to bad decision making. It’s like the brain is in a semi-drunken state; lacking the mental clarity to make or take really good decisions.
The brain, now tired, revs up its rewards centre seeking for gratification and anything that would make it feel better.
While you might be able to resist and curtail the cravings or food when you are well rested or gotten enough good sleep, the sleep deprived brain will have real trouble saying no to another slice of that really yummy cake.
You know the feeling!
Studies and Research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found out that people who were starved of sleep indulge more in late night snacking and are more prone to choosing high carb snacks.
Does this already sound like you?
Another research also discovered that people who sleep very less are prone to eating bigger portions of all foods, which invariably leads to weight gain.
In this study, the researchers found out that lack of good sleep led to an increase in the cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.
Summing all these findings, a fagged out brain from lack of sleeping well craves for more junks and equally lacks the impulse to say no.
While a good yummy meal might quench your hunger and make your taste buds really feel good, the food of the brain is sleep.
It is believed that most folks needs between 6 – 9 hours of sleep daily; teenagers being in the highest range. When you continually get less than the required hours of sleep, the body tends to react and not even the strictest of dieters would be able to quench that urge and push to eat more.
I guess you now know where those urges are coming from!
But why is it like that?
It’s because lack of sleeping or good sleep impacts your hunger and fullness hormones.
Another research also proved that when dieters cut back on sleep over a period of 14 days, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped by 55 percent, even though their calories was still the same. They felt hungrier and even less satisfied after meals, and their energy zapped.
At the University of Chicago, Researchers said that being deprived of makes you “metabolically groggy.”
With just four days of lack of good sleep, the body’s ability to process insulin; a hormone that’s needed to transform sugar, starches, and other foods into energy; goes wild. Insulin sensitivity, the researchers found, dropped by more than 30%.
This is bad for the human body and spells doom.
Here is why.
Failure of the human body to respond normally to insulin leads it to store up fats as fats cannot be processed directly from the bloodstream.
Sleeping and eating, as you can see, does quite affect your weight; and your health and well-being generally.
You need to know that it’s not so much that if you sleep, you will end up losing weight. It’s not a room for you to get lazy and sleep endlessly.
That in itself, is just as bad as well.
Just that you should know that too little sleep stalls your metabolism, which invariably contributes to weight gain.