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The Relationship Between Sleep and Weight Loss

By , Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Reaching your weight loss goals can be difficult. You're dieting, exercising and even taking a supplement to help you shed those pounds, but it's to no avail.

What you don't know is while everything you're doing during the day is putting you on the path to weight loss, it's what you're doing at night that's prohibiting your goals. Although calorie restriction and increased physical activity are recommended for weight loss, there is significant evidence that inadequate sleep is contributing to obesity. If you're not getting the daily recommended amount of sleep (six to eight hours per night), you may not burn fat in the way you'd like.

A study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine found getting enough sleep helps your body regulate hunger and lose more weight from fat (as opposed to muscle). There are multiple schools of thought as to why this is the case:

1. Lack of sleep affects what we eat.
One of the schools of thought behind this is if you're tired, you're more likely to eat something that's going to give you a quick burst of energy like a doughnut, cup of coffee, bag of chips, etc. Unfortunately, while you're fighting off falling asleep, those things are normally attributed to weight gain.

2. Lack of sleep affects our genes.
The other theory revolves around the idea sleep could impact our genes' influence on weight. Research linking weight gain and obesity finds getting more sleep each night may help limit genetic influences on weight. According to a study published by the journal Sleep, getting less than seven hours of sleep per night was linked to greater body mass index (BMI) and to greater genetic influences on BMI.

3. Lack of sleep affects hormone levels.
Leptin and ghrelin are hormones which play an important role in stimulating and suppressing your appetite. Leptin is produced by fat cells in your stomach to suppress hunger while ghrelin is released by the stomach to stimulate your appetite. A lack of sleep causes your body to produce higher levels of gherlin which increases your appetite. However, getting enough sleep raises the level of leptin in your blood, decreasing hunger and helping you lose weight.

4. Sleep helps your body recover.
Getting exercise is one of the best ways to help you shed weight. However, exercising tires your body and actually inflicts small tears to your muscles. In order to improve the benefits you see from the exercise it's vital to let your body rest and recover. Your body recuperates the quickest when you sleep. A lack of sleep will leave you feeling fatigued and your performance will suffer.

No matter what your belief as to why sleep helps you lose weight, the bottom line is it somehow does. Be sure to get the recommended amount of sleep each night to keep you at your best.

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