Is this the reason you’re not losing weight?Venerando Cortez
Nearly every person wants to maintain a healthy weight and achieve the perfect bod. Why? this will get them feeling good about themselves. However, losing weight requires a combination of strategies, including getting enough sleep every night.
Even with the very best fitness routine and diet, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not going to get the desired results. A growing body of research has proven that sleep deprivation negatively affects your weight loss efforts by increasing calorific consumption. If you’re not getting enough sleep and you’re wondering why you’re not shedding those pounds despite doing other things right, now you know what to fix. Ensure you’re getting plenty of restful sleep, and you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll reclaim your waistline. But how exactly does sleep deprivation hinder weight loss?
Sleep deprivation affects the functioning of fat cells and impairs the ability of your fat cells to respond appropriately to insulin (a storage hormone), which regulates energy use and storage When you get enough sleep every night, insulin functions optimally by signaling fat cells to remove fatty acids, glucose and lipids from your bloodstream hence inhibiting storage. On the other hand, sleep deprivation prompts your body to develop insulin resistance, causing the production of more insulin. The excess insulin levels absorb too much glucose from food and disrupt the ability of fat cells to remove fatty acids and lipids from the bloodstream, which end up being stored in the tissues. This is simply how sleep deprivation impairs your weight loss efforts and increases your risk of diseases like diabetes.
Sleep deprivation increases food cravings
If you thought hunger is related to your ability to control the call of your stomach, you’re wrong. Hunger is regulated by two hormones – leptin and ghrelin. Leptin regulates food intake and energy expenditure while ghrelin stimulates appetite and promotes fat storage. When the body produces more ghrelin, you tend to eat more and store more fat in the tissues. Besides, more ghrelin inhibits your metabolism hence reducing the number of calories your body burns. These two hormones have to be controlled appropriately for successful weight loss. Sleep deprivation disrupts the controlled production of these hormones by increasing the production of ghrelin while reducing leptin. Consequently, you’ll find yourself craving for sugary foods and junk foods.
Sleep deprivation also stimulates the production of cortisol (stress hormone), which is commonly associated with food cravings. A combination of cortisol and ghrelin activates reward centers in the brain, increasing your cravings for food. To make it even worse, sleep deprivation pushes you to high-calorie foods. This is exactly how a lack of enough sleep prompts you to adopt unhealthy eating habits hence hindering weight loss.
Generally, sleep deprivation quashes all your weight loss efforts and creates a vicious cycle in your body. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing all the other things right. If you’re losing out on sleep, you’re vulnerable to the factors that contribute to weight gain. Start today and make sleep your body’s best friend and you’ll be surprised how fast your weight loss efforts will yield fruits.