Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss

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Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss

Altered sleep cycles sabotage weight loss. We know that hormones, appetite and cravings are all dependent on a consistent and repetitive sleep cycle. Shift workers often struggle with weight loss since they have continued disruption of their circadian rhythms. My jet setting executives also struggle, since they may never be in one time zone for more than 2–3 days. Sleep regulates insulin, leptin and serotonin; all critical players in the weight debate. Create and demand a lifestyle that gives you at least 4–5 nights of a consistent sleep pattern.

You have more energy to take on the day after a good night’s sleep, but your body also torches calories, even when you’re not exercising. A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that normal sleepers’ resting energy expenditure—the amount of calories burned when you’re not moving—was five percent higher than their tired counterparts. They also burned 20 percent more calories after a meal versus sleep-deprived people.

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