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You Sleep What You Eat: How Rest Impacts Dieting

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Many of us are well aware how a good night’s sleep impacts our lifestyle. It’s no surprise in 2018 to learn that the right amount of Z’s affects health, fatigue, and body damage. With seven to nine hours a night, all three of these are in the black instead of dropping into the red. Sleep even plays a role in a person’s career. Anyone who is mentally sharp and ready to tackle the day is bound to secure a promotion or two.

Yes, we all know about the good parts, but what about the bad bits? If plenty of sleep is helpful, a lack of it is sure to have the opposite outcome? Indeed, once the amount of sleep begins to lessen, the whole body can feel the effects. Anyone who is dieting, sorry to say, isn’t going to see a host of advantages. If anything, the side-effects are pretty major and pretty counterproductive.

Below are the ways a lack of sleep is affecting your mission to lose weight.

You’re Not Asleep

Okay, there couldn’t be a worse way to state the obvious. Of course, anyone who suffers from a poor night’s sleep isn’t going to be under for long. It’s an easy conclusion to deduce, yet it’s one that is important to state out loud. Why? It’s because what happens underneath the hood when the eyes are shut. If you are unaware, rest is when the body gets to recharge and repair cells. In short, it’s the equivalent of chilling out on the sofa after a long day at work. Sadly, because the process is shortened, the body won’t maximize the effects of the diet. how the firmness of a mattress can wake you from REMS sleep on a nightly basis. Although it’s a small factor, it can throw a person’s diet off by a significant amount.

You’re Eating More

In general, people who are tired tend to consume more calories per week than everyone else. For your information, the total amount is almost 600 kcal. Now, those of you who are into nutrition will know that 500 calories equate to one pound of body fat. Therefore, a month of overeating can lead to a weight gain of four to five pounds. And, we all know it’s harder to lose than it is to put on. For those who are skeptical, has evidence from the University of Chicago. According to their research, tiredness encourages the endocannabinoid system to go into overdrive. By the way, this is the same function which makes you want to eat more after smoking pot. The evidence proves that people who are sleep deprived have higher levels of the AG endocannabinoid; 33% more in fact.

And Snacking, Too

Now, there is plenty of debate surrounding the healthiness of snacking. Currently, the consensus seems to be in favor of eating smaller meals more often. Of course, it depends on the circumstances, but it seems to help with weight loss. And, it’s not unhealthy. The problem with being fatigued is the time at which you will indulge in a snack. Usually, a quick meal occurs late at night, way after the 8pm cut off point. Anyone who isn’t aware, this is the time when experts say you should stop eating. The result is an inevitable gain of weight which ruins the dieting process. It also forces you into a routine that is hard to break once it begins. After all, carb-rich, fatty foods are delicious. 

You’re Missing Out

People, FOMO is real and it manifests itself in weird and wonderful ways. Regarding your diet, you’re not even aware that the body is missing out on key nutrients. Sure, a lack of sleep may change habits and eating times, but you’re still getting a good fill. However, the body is screaming on the inside. Not in a painful sort of way; it’s more of a low moan. You see, the body understands what it needs to work efficiently, and it knows when it’s being shortchanged. Sleep deprivation, say the professionals, causes dieters to eat fewer fruits and vegetables as a result of tiredness. Yes, you may take in the same calories, but they are by no means healthy. This is a problem because certain nutrients are only found in specific fruits and vegetables. They are particularly the ones that aid weight loss.

You’re Not Exercising

What happens when you’re tired? You make excuses for everything, working out included. Let’s face it – exercise isn’t fun at the best of times. Still, it’s something the majority of us do because we don’t want to feel guilty. So, when fatigue sets in, there is no way any self-respecting person is going to don sweatpants and hit the gym. Obviously, you’re going to sit in front of the TV and binge watch Netflix. Https:// also points out how tiredness can harm physical activity too. Performance can be impacted by as much as 16%. Both of these factors result in all the hard work being negated. Not exercising will result in gaining weight, and working out while fatigued will end up with the body doing less. Sleeping by as much as one hour a night more is enough to feel mentally able as well as physically.

You’re Giving In

One of the reasons we overeat and gorge on junk food when we’re tired is a lack of drive. To diet properly, participants have to resist temptation at every turn. A quick glance in the fridge will test a monk’s reserve. When you are tired, there is a clear lack of caring. Instead of thinking, “how will this impact my body,” it’s not hard to say “I don’t care.” Simply put, people give in and quit sooner when they are fatigued than when they are alert and healthy.

How do you plan on changing your sleep patterns to help your diet?

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