Along with good nutrition, moderate exercise, and hydration (water), sleep is an important part of the overall equation. The equation that when done consistently and specific to each individual requirement, it will produce the results you want (fat loss, increased lean mass, etc.)
Each and every one of us, all want the belly fat to go away. We can only lose so much of that from good nutrition, exercise and water intake. We make it more difficult to lose the fat in that area because of the stress we put on our body. Stress can be caused from numerous situations. And yes, we stress our body when we don’t allow the opportunity to repair itself (7 1/2 – 8 1/2 hours of sleep).
When you’re short on sleep your insulin sensitivity decreases and your cortisol goes up. Both things lead to less than an optimal fat loss. You also miss out on the critically important Growth Hormone boost that comes each night during deep sleep. If you want to lose more fat you have to get more sleep.
Additionally, your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems (Central Nervous, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Cardio Vascular & Endocrine Systems) won’t function normally. Thus, dramatically lowering your quality of life because as each of those systems falls short of optimal performance, it can cause any and all of the following:
Again, good (smart) nutrition, moderate exercise, water intake and adequate sleep, all have to be lined up like dominoes, for consistent, changes in your body (reduced fat, increased lean mass, overall weight-loss). Sleep is the most important factor of them all. It won’t matter how clean you eat, how much water you drink or how much exercise you do, if you don’t get the adequate hours of sleep, consistently, you are just spinning your wheels.
More sleep improves EVERYTHING. Make it a priority.
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