How Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss?

How Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss?

If you are on a weight loss journey and have seen successes thus far, more than likely friends and others who are close to you are beginning to notice the difference. You know that the feeling of success and accomplishment is powerful. It means you have been doing all of the right things—maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough water intake, etc.

The one element that many people miss out on, whether or not they are on a weight loss journey, is getting enough sleep. The truth is that almost two-thirds of people across the U.S. aren’t getting enough sleep each night. Sleep is directly related to successfully beating the “battle of the bulge.”

What Does Sleep Have to Do with Diet?

One study found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who were deprived of sleep were more likely to pack on the weight, consuming foods high in carbs and sugar, and snacking late into the evening. These types of foods are known for giving the individual a spike in energy, which they may crave precisely because of the sleep debt.

Sleep and hunger are controlled by two hormones: leptin and ghrelin.

  • Ghrelin is the hormone that sends a signal to your body that you are hungry. People who have a sleep deficit tend to produce more ghrelin.
  • Leptin is the hormone that tells your body that it is time to stop eating. When someone lacks sleep, the body sends less leptin, and so your brain takes it as a sign that you must eat more.

The other hormone that plays a role in sleep deprivation is cortisol. This is also known as the stress hormone. It is telling your body to hang onto your energy reserves while you are awake. In other words, your body is fighting against you, working to hang onto the fat, rather than letting you burn it off.

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Ultimately, the solution is for you to have a proper night’s rest, with the recommended amount being approximately 7 to 9 hours. If you are having trouble sleeping, we can work with you to find the source of the problem. It may be a medical problem or perhaps a condition that may need other treatment.

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