Sleeping your way to weight loss

Sleep is one of the most under-rated keys to weight loss.  Now-a-days, many people in today’s society wear “being tired” and “too busy” as a badge of honor.  Sleep is incredibly important for many reasons, and it is usually the first thing that people forgo when life gets hectic. According to WebMD, 2/3 of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep in the typical week.

Looking back in the last few years in my life, I worked hard, and slept very little.  Work, work, work – living the fast -paced life.  One day, I put a stop on that life when I found myself in the emergency room – temporarily losing my peripheral vision, brain fog, and a general state of confusion of what was going on in my life. I knew I was lacking sleep, and wasn’t taking care of myself. I needed to make a change.

That moment is a “life changing moment” for me, when things started to change for the better.

With the help of #workitout100, I was able to start to establish a healthier lifestyle – a combination of physical activity & healthier food choices.  After finding that Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post had a similar life changing moment, I began to dig deeper in the importance of sleep & weight loss.  In her book, “The Sleep Revolution” there is many interesting pieces of information to back up weight loss & sleep.  “Those with 6 hours of sleep or less a night are 23% more likely to be overweight. Additionally, those will consume, on average, 559 more calories a day.”

When you are sleep deprived, your judgment is off – you’re more likely to make poor decisions when it comes to food choices.  Additionally, you most likely won’t want to work out or do any sort of physical activity. Studies suggest 7-8 hours of sleep a night to be & do your best.   Scientifically speaking, there is a ton more research when it comes to fat loss & sleep – it’s definitely worth checking out.

My suggestion – if you don’t sleep enough: prioritize & be productive.  Find time throughout the day to accomplish the things you need to.  Get a quick workout in, eat nutritious, wholesome, & protein-dense food, and get the recommended amount of sleep.  You’ll be amazed at how great you feel.

Note: the days I didn’t get the recommended amount of sleep, I felt tired, lethargic, made poor food decisions, and wasn’t in the best mood.  Sleep is key!

-Sheehan (Ambassador)