Sleep Tight, Melt Fat

I am a big proponent of sleeping no less than 8 hours every night. It has been documented that the best thing is to get enough sleep.

I recommend when possible to hit that snooze button and sleep in a little later. It’s one of the best kept secrets to an all round successful life in everything that you do.

Another good thing is according to research, getting enough sleep (8 or more hours every single night) helps your body burn more fat when you’re working out and taking in your calories. Think about heading to bed earlier to cement the results.

I love the following excerpt from the Real Age website:

Sleep Tight, Melt Fat

In a small study, getting less than the optimal amount of sleep each night had detrimental effects on a group of dieters. After 2 weeks, the dieters who had spent a mere 5.5 hours sleeping each night lost 55 percent less body fat compared with the dieters who spent 8.5 hours snoozing nightly. And here’s the really big surprise. Not only did the light sleepers burn less body fat, but also their weight loss efforts carved away substantially more lean body mass than did similar efforts by the good sleepers. Not good, because muscle helps keep your metabolism fired up, so you naturally burn more calories throughout the day. (Can’t sleep, even though you’re getting into bed early enough? Use the get-to-sleep tips in the RealAge Sleep Center.)

Hoarding Fuel
But that’s not all. The short-duration sleepers also had higher levels of ghrelin in their system — a hormone that induces hunger. And it seems that extra ghrelin triggered an energy-starved body to retain fat and calories rather than burn them. Interestingly, both groups of dieters lost the same amount of weight. But given the difference in muscle loss and appetite hormones as well as in calorie burning, it’s easy to speculate that the good sleepers are better set up for long-term weight loss success

Bottom line, GET SOME SLEEP!!

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