Surprisingly enough fat loss will not occur by simply exercising 24/7 and eating rabbit food. There are many more factors that affect fat loss, and sleep and stress are the one that we should never overlook if we are aiming at the long term fat loss.
Cutting back on sleep reduces the benefits of dieting. Sleep has the ability to “reset” metabolism impacting hunger hormones, stress hormones, and muscle building/fat burning hormones. Sleep is a prime determinant of whether you can maintain sustained fat loss.
Eight hours of sleep should be seen as the minimum required for hormonal balance. This may shock some of you, but sleep quantity is one of the most important considerations in balancing hormones. Every night your body goes through its rhythm of hormonal computing to repair, regenerate, and revitalise the tissues of the body. This process is complicated and takes time (Metabolic Effect). You know if yourself: if we do not get enough sleep we crave carbs and sugar. Lack of sleep is causing us to be hungry the whole day. When sleep is restricted, we produce higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger and reduces energy expenditure.
“If your goal is to lose fat, skipping sleep is like poking sticks in your bicycle wheels”
– try and give your digestive system at least 12 hour break (if your dinner is at 7pm then the earliest you should have your breakfast is 7am the following day)
– aim at having your last meal 2-3 hours before you go to bed
– walking and low impact exercises as Yoga and Pilates are good contributors to fat loss when combined with weight training and HIIT workouts
Is stress making you fat? Stress doesn’t have any calories but it’s not only the calorie intake that affects the fat loss, there’s much more to it. There’s a very good article on stress and fat loss and I could have just copied it but I think it would be fair to post a link to the original article since I was not the one who wrote it. Click here to read it.
Who would think there are so many factors that affect fat loss?
HAVE A GOOD EASTER WEEKEND: SLEEP MORE AND ENJOY THIS LONG WEEKEND WITH YOUR FAMILY!
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