This month’s Glamour features a cover story called “Lose Weight While You Sleep.”
The results are pretty surprising and, when looked at holistically, seem to make sense — in that if someone is getting 8 hours of sleep, they are likely not noshing late at night and likely have more energy to exercise and therefore are likely eat better … and so it goes.
I have to say, I’ve been focusing on more sleep lately and I even posted about sleep and exercise a couple weeks ago … but I’ve not seen any results on the scale. But I also haven’t been giving it a conscious thoguht, either.
And though I usually think “diets” like this are a crock, I think the article makes some good points that any of us could benefit from.
“Science shows that sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on hormones that control appetite, cravings and the metabolism of fat.”
Bingo!!! I was definitely not sleeping a lot this summer/fall. And I gained weight!
“Whether you notice it or not, you probably eat more, sometimes much more, when you’re tired.”
Amen!!! This is soooo true.
The women lost inches. “During deep sleep, your brain secretes a large amount of growth hormone, which tells your body how to break down fat for fuel,” explains Breus. “Deprive your body of deep sleep, and when extra calories get stored as fat, there isn’t enough growth hormone to break it down. So your body takes a shortcut and packs it away in your butt, thighs, belly—wherever you tend to put on weight.”
Exactly!! That’s where I’ve gained it (tummy, hips).
The women were asked not to make any changes to their diet or exercise, but by focusing on sleep, some habits changed, naturally. In my case, I already exercise regularly and eat pretty well. But maybe something else would change if I made a conscious effort to focus on sleep? (Stress levels would decrease, perhaps?)
All in all, the article was worth a quick read, if you get the chance and are interested in sleep research from a broader, more holistic standpoint than just weight loss.
Really, sleep — not just milk! — does a body good.
How about you? Do you think this notion of sleep leading to weight loss is a gimmick or has some merit?