Get quality sleep and lose weight
After 24 hours of sleep deprivation, we receive less glucose to the brain. We crave starchy, sugary foods as the body wants you to get glucose back into the brain and your entire body compels you to seek those foods out and gorge! It may be time to think about your quality sleep and lose weight.
Lack of sleep increases the urge to eat
It’s a hidden fact that sleep is linked to your appetite. When you are sleep deprived the melatonin hormone incites your appetite.
High calorie foods also became significantly more desirable when you are sleep-deprived. Therefore, people who sleep less also tend to be overweight or obese. There is more evidence that resolving your sleep problems could help reduce your weight gain problems.
1. Start going to bed at the same time each night, e.g. 10pm.
2. Aim for between 7 hours to 8.5 hours.
3. Get up at exactly the same time each morning (even at weekends!), e.g. 7am.
4. BE AWARE AND LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR MIND TO SAY NO TO STARCHY, SUGARY FOODS. These foods will only stimulate you and make you wake up during the night, creating a vicious circle.
5. Switch off your mobile phones, tablets and computers at least one hour before bedtime.
Making healthy food decisions is not just a matter of willpower, it is also about listening to the signals your body is telling you. Knowing that a tired brain makes decisions based on immediate rewards tells us that we must plan ahead to make supportive eating decisions for yourself. So, next time you are up late at night with inexplicable hunger, perhaps that means it’s time for bed and not a bag of crisps.
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