Sure you’ve heard how important it is to get your “beauty sleep.” But can getting enough zzz’s actually help you lose weight? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Eating healthy and exercising to lose weight is hard work – fortunately, heading to bed early is one easy way you can fit into your skinny jeans before summer.
Sleep Helps Control Your Appetite
Getting enough sleep has been shown to reduce appetite by raising leptin levels, a hormone that helps your body realize it’s full. When you’re deprived of sleep, the hormone responsible for stimulating your appetite – called ghrelin – raises. Studies report that sleep deprived women eat about 300 more calories per day than women who were well rested. So if you notice that you’re hungrier on days where you’re more tired or haven’t slept well the night before, you’re not crazy. You actually are hungrier.
You’ll Have More Energy
Well rested women tend to have more energy during the day – meaning, that if you catch enough zzz’s, you’ll be able to get into your workout for the day, as well as have the energy to complete the rest of the day’s tasks. Women who are tired will easily find excuses not to get up and exercise, putting it off until “tomorrow.” Exercise also helps you sleep better, so it’s definitely a win-win situation. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re exhausted and thinking about skipping your workout, don’t! You’ll sleep better that night, and you’ll have more energy the next morning.
Sleep Bans Belly Fat
If you’re anxious and stressed, chances are, you have more fat around your midsection than other parts of your body. Anxiety and stress are directly related to the presence of belly fat, but when you get enough rest, you’ll notice that your anxiety and stress levels go down, as well as your jeans size. Sleep helps to reduce belly fat by controlling every day stresses and anxiety.
Sleep Helps You Combat Your Genetics
If you are genetically predisposed to being overweight or obese, getting too little sleep will make you more susceptible to your “fat genes.” A recent study revealed that getting under seven hours of sleep a night (or more than nine) may increase overall weight. Women who hit the magic number of “7-9 hours of sleep” tended to weigh less. So being well rested will actually help you fight your fat genes, and help you get into your skinny jeans!
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