Don’t you wish you could just close your eyes and wake up weighing less?
As a life-long dieter, this has been my wish. Few things of lasting value in life happen fast, especially weight loss. However, there is a relationship between sleep and weight that has some scientific merit which might be helpful to those trying to lose a few pounds.
“When you have sleep deprivation and are running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips or other comfort foods,” says Susan Zafarlotfi, PhD, clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. *
I can totally relate. When I am sleep deprived, the first thing I go for is comfort food. Sweet or salty. Or both. Who wants to eat a cold stick of celery when you don’t feel so great?
But there’s more to it.
“It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly,” explains Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale, Ariz.*
On average, we need about 7.5 hours of quality sleep per night. According to Breus, “If you are getting this already, another half hour will not help you lose 10 pounds, but if you are a five-hour sleeper and start to sleep for seven hours a night, you will start dropping weight.”
That’s encouraging. How does this happen? In a word: hormones.
But not just any old hormones. According to Breus, it’s nightly hormones that affect our ability to lose weight. Thus, it seems logical that the term “beauty sleep” might well apply to your complexion as well as your overall body shape.
Breus says the two hormones that are key are ghrelin and leptin. “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin,” Breus says. “Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin.”
More ghrelin plus less leptin equals weight gain.
“You are eating more, plus your metabolism is slower when you are sleep-deprived,” Breus says.
All in all: get some shuteye. It can benefit you both physically and emotionally.
However, when you’re not nestled beneath your bedcovers getting your beauty sleep, there are some effective products that I’ve found in the light of day that help me in my quest for overall lightness: GlycoSlim and Osolean.
GlycoSlim satisfies your hunger while cutting calories. It’s low-glycemic and really tastes good. I like Chocolate the best. Osolean is made from advanced whey protein technology and it helps you lose weight while helping you maintain lean muscle. I like to mix these two together for a double shot of liquid willpower. However, like any weight loss plan, please consult your doctor.
So if you’re looking for some ways to help you lose a few pounds, try the aforementioned products and a little more sleep. The difference just could be night and day.