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Studies Show that More Sleep Could Mean Less Weight

February 25, 2015

Sleeping and Weight Loss


There have been studies over the years to confirm that better sleeping habits can lead to improved body composition.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where there seem to be two speeds FAST and FASTER.  The amount of hours in bed has diminished over the years.  I know this is true for me in my own life.  It is a hard habit to change as we all love being productive.  When you have a busy life, it is those hours after getting home from work or putting the kids to bed that can be really useful.  It is surprising the impact that sleep has on our hormonal systems, which tie very closely to weight loss and weight gain. I try to teach my HCG Diet patients about the importance of sleep.


Changing the Habits to get To Bed Earlier Can Help Maintain your Weight


When my medical weight loss patients and HCG Diet patients come in for their first visit at The Natural Path, I emphasize the importance of sleep on weight maintenance.  It is said that 2/3rds of all Americans are short on sleep. When we are tired, we tend to choose the wrong foods to eat and also go for those caffeinated beverages to keep us going.  Being tired is shown to inhibit the frontal cortex of our brains in making good decisions.  Our reward center becomes more active and we tend to make poor choices with our diets.  When we are tired, we also tend to exercise less. Overall, this is a recipe for an unhealthy lifestyle.  


Sleep and Hormones that Lead to Weight Gain


The hormone Grehlin, lets the body know that we are hungry and it is time to eat.  It has been shown that when the body is sleep deprived it makes more grehlin and therefore hunger is stimulated.  Leptin, is a hormone that tells your body it is full and it is time to stop eating.  When we sleep less, our bodies do not make as much leptin and therefore we tend to overeat.  There is also the stress hormone known as Cortisol.  When cortisol is spiked due to a lack of sleep, our bodies will conserve and hold onto the calories that we have just eaten as fat stores for use at a later time.  


As you can see, sleep deprivation leads to eating more, exercising less and holding onto those pounds.  We encourage our HCG Diet patients to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night!


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