SLEEP FOR FAT LOSS
With most of the focus on exercise and diet for fat loss, it’s easy to forget the important role of sleep.
Proper rest is SO important to maximizing results, and often the missing component to a sound training regimen.
There is a direct correlation between sleep and growth hormone release. Google it, and you’ll find studies everywhere. Then Google growth hormone and fat loss. You’ll find a myriad of studies indicating it is THE most important hormone for fat loss.
Sleep deprivation also causes an increase in the hormone ghrelin – which increases appetite. So you’ll eat unnecessary calories…not good!
Sleep repairs and rejuvenates your body both mentally and physically. If you don’t get it, you’ll increase stress levels, which will increase cortisol. Too much cortisol means extra body fat stored on your tummy.
Lack of sleep will also not allow you to recover from your workouts. If you can’t recover from your workouts, your next workout will suffer and you will not be able to maximize your results.
Consistent sleep deprivation will also cause you to hallucinate and make you feel like a crazy person. Having two young boys who don’t always sleep through the night, I speak from personal experience. Get that rest when you can!
Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, ideally going to bed before 10:30 p.m. Based on circadian rhythms, our bodies recover best from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.