Want To Lose Weight? Sleep
You already love to sleep. But did you know just how much you need it? The truth is it can be your best friend when it comes to dieting. There’s a reason waking up after only 6 hours of sleep feels painful: it’s not natural for your body! And any time you do something unnatural for your body, you set off a domino effect of problems that extends to your digestion. It also deeply affects your mental and emotional states, which–as you probably know–makes you prone to binge eating. So here is why sleep is the secret weapon to your perfect body.
You’ll feel happier
When you get enough sleep, your brain is able to produce happy chemicals. Without a sufficient amount of those, you’re more prone to emotional eating.
You’ll have energy to work out
You’ll actually have the energy to go to that evening spin class. You won’t beeline it for bed after work.
You’re awake less
The less time you’re awake, the less time you have to eat. That’s just math.
You don’t need sugar energy
You won’t need to retrieve extra energy from things like sugary energy bars and energy drinks.
You’ll feel less stressed
When you don’t sleep enough you produce more of the stress hormone cortisol, and when you’re stressed, you feel more hunger pangs.
You can make better decisions
You know you don’t make great decisions when you’re sleep deprived. Like the decision to eat salmon and kale instead of a pizza burger.
It helps you kick your coffee habit
If you get enough sleep you don’t need as much coffee. The acid in coffees simulates feelings of hunger.
It lets your digestion rest
Every system in your body needs to rest to do its job. If you’re sleep deprived, your digestive system is sluggish and that can make it hard to gauge your hunger.
Your bed is not in your kitchen
Hey, let’s admit it: when you’re in bed you don’t feel like getting up and grabbing more chocolate pretzels.
You’ll watch fewer commercials
If you go to sleep earlier, you spend less time watching TV. That means you spend less time
watching commercials that feature crave-worthy food.
You’ll miss fast food breakfast
You’ll sleep past the hour when fast food chains serve bacon maple pancake tater tot sandwiches. So that’s good.
You’ll skip cocktails
If you set an earlier bed time, that means you have to turn down cocktails with friends. And that means less drunk munchies.
Pajamas make you feel good
It’s just logical: pajamas are nice and loose so they don’t make you worry about love handles. The less you worry about those things, the smaller chance you go into a workout hard/binge eat cycle. See. Logical.
You’ll spend less time on social media
Where you see photos of fitness models, who make you vengefully eat a bag of chips.