Why sleep is important for weight loss?
We’re sure you’ve heard about the importance of sleep especially when you’re on a weight loss journey, but do you know the reason behind it? Find out why it’s important to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night if you’re serious about losing weight.
Sleep deprivation will affect your willpower
Notice how you feel demotivated and lazy to complete a task when you don’t get enough sleep? Sleep deprivation actually affects parts of the brain linked with motivation and reward. The worst thing is your body will start to crave unhealthy foods as the prefrontal cortex of the brain is all over the place when you don’t get good sleep.
Your hormones will go crazy
Two major hormones that will go crazy when you don’t sleep well is leptin and ghrelin. Leptin’s primary function is to help the body maintain its weight whereas ghrelin is to send the hunger signal to your brain. Restricting sleep can decrease your body’s leptin level which causes your appetite to go up and ghrelin will make your body crave food in an attempt to ‘restore energy’.
Find out about other hormones that can speed up weight loss, here.
Your gut health is at risk
There are friendly bacteria in your gut to help you with digestion and processing food, drugs, and hormones; that’s why your gut health is important when you are trying to lose weight. For night owls, sleep deprivation can affect your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock, which regulates your sleep), which can harm your gut.
The rise of belly fat
Sleep deprivation causes your body to store more fat in the belly. This fat is referred to as ‘VAT’ (visceral adipose tissue). A few days without good sleep is already enough for your body to hoard or store fat in the belly.
Check out how you can get a good night’s sleep, here.
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