A Good Night’s Sleep Can Help You Shed a Soft Stomach

 

When you’re trying to lose weight, one of the key factors in your success is a rather unexpected one. It’s not how much you lift, or how many miles you run. It’s not how little you eat – but rather, how much you sleep!

The other factors are important, but sleep is incredibly vital to helping you lose weight. The first reason that sleep is important is that it’s just a biological make-or-break for weight loss.

It’s been shown in a study that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that those who did get adequate sleep lost 55% more fat than those who did not. This is a crazy amount, and really goes to show what a huge impact sleep has on the results of your workouts.

The big reason that sleep is important is to help control your diet. It’s all too easy to give up and have something a bit unhealthy when you’re sleep deprived. You actually feel less satisfied after meals and hungrier before them due to a certain pair of chemicals: leptin and ghrelin.

If you have very little leptin, you feel hungrier. When you have more ghrelin, you also feel hungrier and burn fewer calories. It’s been shown that when you sleep for less than six hours, you do exactly what you don’t want to – produce less leptin and more ghrelin.

People who don’t get a proper amount of sleep will also fall victim to fatigue. When you wake up, you’ll be way too tired to exercise. Even if you do somehow manage to drag yourself to the gym, you won’t be able to lift nearly as much as you usually do.

This can lead to a lack of any real results. Your muscles aren’t actually so weak that they can’t lift those weights – they just have had little to no rest, so they’re not firing on all cylinders.

So, on a progress level, it’s as if you walked into the gym fully rested, and just used lower weights than you usually do. This will not help you tone up your Dad Bod. If you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, try to cut out unnecessary tasks throughout the day.

You may find that you don’t have time to watch a ton of TV if you want to get a workout in, go to work, and go to sleep at a decent hour. The average adult should get about 7 hours of sleep a night. If you’re getting anything less than that, rearrange your schedule, or you may not see the results you want to.

Do You Struggle To Get A Good Night’s Sleep?

I recognize that some of you struggle to get a good night’s sleep no matter how you arrange your schedule. Many of you suffer from sleep apnea or similar chronic sleeping disorders.

If that’s you, I found a program that may be of help. To learn more simply click here.

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21 thoughts on “A Good Night’s Sleep Can Help You Shed a Soft Stomach

  1. So true, besides stress, lack of sleep is one of the major factors for a plump belly. Proper rest, a nutritious diet and less stress not only help with a smaller mid-section but overall good health. Good article Monty!

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  2. This is actually super interesting! I know it often seems like women struggle to lose fat more than men, and recently studies have shown women actually tend to need more rest than men to hit that fully rested point. I wonder if that ties in a little bit somewhere along the line? Anyway, obviously just thinking aloud, not expecting you to know the answer! I would say the one thing that would improve this post for me would be citation, not that any of this is difficult to believe, but I just like to see the studies or whatever that leads to this information ^_^ I’ll definitely keep sleep in mind as I try to be healthier this year!

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  3. Sleep has eluded me since having kids. My youngest is 2 and still wakes up every night and crawls into bed. I’m lucky to get a solid 2 hours in a row. I think my issue is my metabolism revs up at night and my body starts sweating, making it hard to get comfortable. I’ve been trying to get a nap in every day to help offset the night.

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  4. Great Information Mr. Terry! I fear that young people especially are killing themselves with late nights, energy drinks and 24/7 screen glow! Don’t wait until you’re 40 to realize that “8 hours” is our friend! Your sleep apnea cure system looks like a great tool for those dealing with their own or a partner’s symptoms.

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