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Will A Lack Of Sleep Make You Fat?

Not seeing the weight loss you’d like and feeling frustrated with being stuck in a plateau? Take a good hard look at the amount of quality sleep you’re getting each night. A lack of sleep is one of the most common hidden obstacles that can sabotage fat loss.

You always hear me saying the battle for fat loss is won on lost on hormonal balances. There’s no getting around this fact. In today’s coaching video I explain exactly what happens to your body, hormonally, when you don’t get enough sleep.

If you want to get lean you’ve got to start taking some sleeping pills found at www.ukmeds.co.uk/general-health/sleeping-tablets to catch some zzz’s! Check out my video and you’ll understand why…

Poor sleep isn’t the only factor in weight gain, of course—there are several, including your genetics, your diet and exercise habits, your stress, and your health conditions. But the evidence is overwhelming: when sleep goes down, weight goes up.

And it doesn’t take a long time, or a lot of sleep deprivation, to bring the weight on. A fascinating study from researchers at the University of Colorado found that one week of sleeping about 5 hours a night led participants to gain an average of 2 pounds.

Lacking sleep, you experience multiple changes to your body that can lead to weight gain. Sleep deprivation causes changes to hormones that regulate hunger and appetite. The hormone leptin suppresses appetite and encourages the body to expend energy. Sleep deprivation reduces leptin. The hormone ghrelin, on the other hand, triggers feelings of hunger—and ghrelin goes up when you’re short on sleep.

Sleep deprivation changes what foods you’re most interested in eating, creating more intense cravings for fat and sugar-laden foods. Low on sleep, your brain can’t make reasoned decisions and use its best judgment about food, and you’re more likely to be impulsive and give into junk-food desires. (More on the powerful effects of sleep deprivation on the brain soon.)

We also know that even after a moderate amount of sleep deprivation, you’re likely to eat more the next day. And lack of sleep makes you more likely to eat more of your overall calories at night, which can lead to weight gain… get notice if you are getting enough sleep and rest hours using this Sleepify sleep calculator

I talked a few weeks ago about a really interesting new study on sleep and sugar consumption, which showed that increasing sleep amounts reduced sugar intakesignificantly—by about 10 grams. The American Heart Association’s recommended maximum daily intake of added sugar is 36 grams for men, and 25 grams for women, which gives you some idea of just how significant a 10-gram reduction really is. That study also showed boosting sleep amounts started participants on a trend toward lowering their fat and carbohydrate intake.

Shane Doll is a certifed Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. You can receive a FREE consultation and no-obligations trial of his Charleston personal training programs and experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself.

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Category: Fat Loss.