Back to Basics for weight loss, energy and health
If you felt better, had more energy and reached your ideal weight, you would probably feel amazing, right?
The truth is, it can be confusing to know where to begin when it come to weight and health. When we feel overwhelmed it’s easy to give up even before we’ve started.
The top 3 goals I hear most often from my clients are:
• feeling better
• losing weight
• having more energy
I’ve put together a blog series to address all 3 of these issues with super simple tips you can implement right away.
Over the next 6 weeks, I’ll share one simple, but very effective way to feel better, look better and have more energy each week (even lose weight if that’s one of your goals too).
Let’s start with our first strategy: Get enough sleep!
Did you know that the amount of sleep you get can affect your health and your weight? (Read more about that here).
Let’s face it when we’re tired we tend to make fewer healthy choices throughout the day, and we reach for the quick-fix energy boost we need, often in the form of sugar-filled options and processed snacks. When we’re tired, we also tend to skip the workout we had planned.
For many of us, this is an ongoing cycle that’s tough to break.
Adequate sleep sets the stage for everything else.
“When it comes to body weight, it may be that if you snooze, you lose. Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.
Recent research has focused on the link between sleep and the peptides that regulate appetite. “Ghrelin stimulates hunger and leptin signals satiety to the brain and suppresses appetite. Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin.
Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Ongoing studies are considering whether adequate sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs” – WebMD
Sleep can also affect your immune function, the ageing process, memory, learning and metabolism.
Yes, getting enough sleep is a big deal!
To get more sleep, set a goal of what time you need to be in bed each night to get the 7-9 hours you need. Try it this week and see if you notice a difference in your energy level and your eating habits.
How many hours will you commit to this week? Share in the comments below if you want some accountability!
More Information: How to get a good night’s sleep.