The Relationship between Sleep and Weight Loss.

Have you ever thought of how and why sleep is important to everyone? When you are sleep-deprived, your body over produces the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin but under produces the hormone leptin, which tells you when you are full. Getting enough sleep may make you feel rested and full and keep you from unnecessary snacking. Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night to avoid hunger pangs during the day.

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Did you know you could sleep while standing and burn fat? If it so happens that you can’t sleep while standing up, I still have some other recommendations for you. The beauty about our bodies is that they burn fat while we are a sleep, but today I want to give you a couple of ideas and suggestions on how you can increase the amount of fat you are burning and have significant results on weight loss.

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How you can actually increase the amount of fat you burn while you sleep is by increasing your resting metabolism. In general, a lot of that has to do with putting muscles mass on, so other than going directly after your metabolism you can burn more calories when you sleep by doing specific types of training. There are different types of training such as cardiovascular training, weight training, flexibility training, and functional training. Of all these different types of training, weight training has the best effect on burning calories while you sleep. When you do weight training, especially when you use heavy weights and you really focus on breaking down the muscle tissue, later on or throughout the day your body will have to spend time and energy to repair that muscle tissue. The body will require calories to repair the muscle tissue, so while you are sleeping, your body will be working a little harder to repair that muscle tissue.

The other thing you can do at night before you go to bed in order to lose weight while you are asleep is to have a high-protein and high-fat meal. I know this is contradictory to what most of us know, especially the high-fat part. There are things we ignore about fat, especially someone avoiding fat. Fat slows down the digestion of whatever you just consumed. If fat is consumed right after a workout that is a wrong time, because after a workout, your body wants to start the muscle-repairing process as fast as possible. However, right before going to bed is the best time to have such fat. The reason for that is to slow the digestion of whatever you just ate. This gets you to anabolic mode since the goal in mind is to slow down digestion. The protein we need to eat such as milk, chicken, casein, cheese, turkey etc., will therefore be digested slowly.

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If am really working towards weight loss I would practise the above.

Post Author: Ndegwa Muya