While eating more fiber, drinking water, and incorporating physical activities into your daily routine are major key points to weight loss, another essential factor that you should give importance to is to get enough sleep. Sleep is a very important condition of the body and mind which recurs for several hours every night or for some people, during daytime.
Although some people do not really pay attention to the amount of sleep they get because of their lack of knowledge towards its relation to weight loss, they still continue to disregard their much needed rest. This harmful lifestyle will not only have negative effects on their mental and emotional health, but it will also greatly affect whether they lose weight or not.
Lack of Energy
Lack of sleep can greatly affect your energy level during a workout because the less sleep you catch the more you will feel tired and sluggish, causing you to want to skip your exercise regimen and feed your craving for energy boosting food and beverages that will only lead to consumption of excess calories. Without a good amount of sleep, your energy and willpower to workout will diminish as well as your improvement in your weight loss program.
Sleep allows the restoration of your metabolism by letting the body recuperate from the day’s tiring physical activities. Failure to give the tissues in your body to rest and be repaired can sooner or later lead to the loss of muscles. Without lean muscle mass, your body will stop burning calories at a high rate and therefore result in a slow metabolism. A sluggish metabolism prevents you from reaching your weight loss goal.
Leptin and ghrelin are two hormones in the human body that are immensely influenced by sleep; leptin manages your appetite, while ghrelin arouses your hunger. When you do not receive the recommended hours of sleep, the hormone leptin decreases, which results in poor appetite management, while the hunger arousing hormone ghrelin increases, causes you to have a strong appetite. Improper balance of these two appetite-related hormones can make you at great risk for obesity.
If you think sleeping less is helping you to lose weight just because your body is continuously active then you are wrong; your health can be put at risk and can lead to the development of long-term diseases. Lack of sleep can have negative effects on your energy, metabolism, as well as your eating habits which can greatly prevent you from progressing in reaching your goal. So sleep more and you will be doing your body a favor.