The popular advice people get regarding weight loss, is eat less and exercise more. Add to that the variations on what to eat and how to exercise. While I think that is excellent advice for people trying to lose weight, I think we forget something that is just as important, SLEEP.
I know, sleep, right. Sleeping actually seems like the opposite of what you are trying to do. It involves lying very still and doing almost nothing.
Sleep actually does a lot for the body. It is also a major player when it comes to weight loss. Sleep loss can reduce the bodies metabolic functions, increase levels of cortisol, and alter blood glucose levels. I won’t get into the nitty gritty on these, but each of these impacts the way the body stores fat and processes food.
Getting plenty of sleep helps your body regulate all of these important functions. So while you are cutting back on French fries and hitting the gym, don’t forget to hit your pillow. And remember while you’re sleeping it’s really hard to be tempted to eat the left over piece of cake!