Monday, June 27, 2022

Why Sleep Matters for Fat Loss


We all know that sleep is important for energy and how we feel throughout the day, but did you know that it's important for burning fat, too?

Rest and exhaustion can easily creep up on us, especially when we are active in the warmer months. 

Take a look at these 3 ways poor sleep can affect your progress:

1. Increased cortisol levels - cortisol is your body's stress hormone. When your levels are high, your body will store fat. Not getting enough sleep can raise cortisol levels and make it more difficult to burn fat.

2. Imbalance of hunger hormones - Not sleeping enough impacts your hunger hormones (ghrelin and leptin). Ghrelin signals to your brain when it's time to eat and leptin lets your body know that you've eaten enough.

3. Decreased sensitivity to insulin - After a few day of insufficient sleep, your body will struggle to process insulin (the hormone responsible for changing sugar and starches into energy). When your insulin sensitivity is decreased, your body is going to store fat.

Make sure you are priming your body for sleep by watching your nutrition intake throughout the day and going to bed at the right time.


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