This Article is About
best friend
hormone cortisol
food consumption
weight loss success
lack of sleep
high intensity
losing weight
The Role Of Sleep In Successful Fat Loss Programs – 5 Reasons Why Shut Eye Is Your Best Friend For Losing Fat
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Along with food and exercise, sleep is an integral component of a successful fat loss program. That may be a surprise to you simply because the usual topics of losing fat are diet and exercise. But the truth is, sleep plays just as an important role to your weight loss success as your nutrition and training does.

Now, there is a lot of scientific jargon that can be used to explain what the impact to not getting enough sleep has on your ability to lose fat. But rather than bore you with big words and long explanations, in simple terms, here are the 5 biggest reasons why you need your sleep to lose fat:

Leptin – When you feel hungry, you eat right? Well, this hormone helps control your feelings of hunger. A lack of sleep reduces the production of this hormone. As a consequence, whether it’s true or not, your brain will tell you you’re hungry which will cause you to eat. This means that the turkey on wheat sandwich which normally fills you for a couple hours, leaves you wanting more after about 30 minutes or less.

Grehlin – here is a hormone that has been shown to activate hunger which in turn promotes food consumption. When you don’t get sufficient sleep; the level of this hormone increases thereby promoting the feeling of being hungry. In addition, this hormone has also been noted for promoting fat retention and reducing the expenditure of energy. All of which are detrimental to any attempt at burning fat and losing weight.

Cortisol – You know that fat around your waist? Well, you can blame that fat…or at least the inability to get rid of it in part on this hormone. Cortisol is what you can refer to as a by-product of daily living. It is produced when you are stressed or put in a long term high intensity work-out. There is an association with this hormone and the fat surrounding your belly, meaning the more cortisol you produced the more likelihood of your belly fat increasing. Sleep to lose weight by reducing the amount of this hormone being produced in your body.

Insulin – Increased insulin resistance occurs with a lack of sleep. In simple terms what that means regarding fat loss is that the insulin receptors in your cells get a bad read on the glucose in your blood stream as they become less sensitive to insulin effects. As a result, more insulin gets produced to get rid of the glucose causing fat storage instead of fat loss.

You can think of it like planning dinner for a large family gathering, but you don’t get all the RSVPs therefore you don’t know who all is coming and how much to make. So you cook and bake your heart out to ensure you have enough food for everyone. Then you find out only half of the invited guests show up and now you have all these left-overs you have to figure out something to do with… which in most cases is to freeze it or store it. Yea it’s like that, what happens with insulin.

Mental – Your focus and determination become impaired when you don’t get enough sleep. You don’t always make the right choices when you’re tired and since food is often used as a way to “wake-up”…how often will you pick the piece of fruit over the bag of chips when choosing your wake-up call/food?

So to ensure success in your fat loss efforts, make sure to incorporate a minimum of 8 hours of sleep on average every night, doing so will help ensure that sleep and fat loss stay friends and not become foes.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Dogs Man's Best Friend
The answer to this question is easy for everyone who has or had a dog. I've always been attracted to dogs. I primarily I’m amazed by their ability to love unselfishly their owners, their loyalty and commitment. The owner takes care of the dog and gives him all he needs…
By: Milos Obrenovic in  Pets  >  Dogs   Oct 05, 2011  
  Likes: 10

Dog: Man's Best Friend
Dog is the word for the day around here. We have three of man's best friends romping and playing around the house and across the range. My favorite time of day is first thing in the morning. Why? Because I can sit and have each dog come over for some…
By: McK McConaha in  Pets  >  Dogs   Sep 15, 2012  
  Likes: 8

How to Cope When Your Best Friend Migrates to Another Country
I had a best friend of 13 years who migrated to another country when she got married. Then, I was still young and had trouble thinking that I would not be able to see her or communicate with her whenever I wanted to. Even though internet already existed, finding a…
By: Ai Hoon in  Relationships  >  Friendship   Feb 29, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Your Spouse is Your Best Friend
No one person can make a relationship work. There has to be a give and take, there has to be compromise. When you truly love someone you would do anything for them. You will accept them for who they are not what they have or who you want them to…
By: Julie Larralde in  Relationships  >  Love   Jul 13, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Gamers Best Friend!
Are you looking for the best ways to find free games online or great discounts in stores? We all know that these kinds of ideas are out there. But not many people really know where to go to find them. Sure, you can hit up used games stores, local video…
By: andrew wilkerson in  Gaming  >  Console Systems   Apr 17, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Why My Best Friend And I Are Inseparable
Most of us envision or hope for that one friend we can count on through thick and thin. I am certain if you are of age, you have encountered many people, and some of those may have been considered to be good friends. However, you later discover all of your…
By: ed smith in  Pets   Mar 19, 2012  
  Likes: 2

He Lies, She Lied, And I Will Lie to You, so Get Over it
First of all, I know why you’re here. The title of his article caught your attention, right? That’s exactly what I wanted- to get your attention. Now that I have your attention, I will let you know one thing. No one is perfect. Get over it. OMG! Do you know…
By: saytue sayewhat in  Relationships   Mar 22, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Why I Sometimes Dread Being Asked To Give Advice
When someone says “I need your advice” I’m afraid that my heart often drops. Being asked to give advice can be fraught with difficulties. Now it’s not that I’m afraid to give my opinion on something – quite the opposite. But expressing my opinion I find is easy, but being…
By: BIS_Coach in  Self Improvement  >  Personal Growth   Mar 03, 2013  
  Likes: 2

Cushing Syndrome - Dogs
My Labrador was diagnosed as being overweight six months ago. Since then he has been on a strict weight control diet. Initially, the vet recommended a diet dog food which we gradually introduced into his normal feed times. After a month we took him back to the vet to assess…
By: Janice Watson in  Pets  >  Dogs   Feb 15, 2013  
  Likes: 6

10 Pitfalls Of Any Diet Plans for Weight Loss
Who has not faced this problem: you use a diet plans for weight loss, deny oneself, but those extra pounds have no intention to leave! .. What is the reason? It turns out that there are "pitfalls" which we are unaware. 1. Sweetener. Many people think that artificial sweeteners do…
By: Viktoriya in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Dec 31, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Fast Fat Loss for Women – If There Was A Secret, This is it
“A secret to fast fat loss for women? Well, if there was a secret this would be it.” That’s what a friend of mine told me when I asked him what his thoughts are on the fastest, most effective way for women to lose fat. See even as a trainer…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 22, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Motorhater Nation: Are Haters Really Motivators And Can They Make You A Weight Loss Success?
After Pinterest announced that it would seriously limit some of the "thinspo" boards, unmotivated or overly motivated people alike wondered where they would get their next dose of fortitude to power through a long workout or to to bypass the last doughnut in the box. But, there might be an…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 16, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Lack Of Sleep Can Hurt Your Health - Studies Confirm
There haa been a number of studies that show continued long-term sleep disruption, or deprivation, can impact health and weight, a phenomena which is evident in those who work in swing shift situations, changing their sleep patterns every few weeks. Just as their body is adjusting to the shift, it…
By: Jacey Figgins in  Health and Fitness  >  Sleep Snoring   May 18, 2011  
  Likes: 1

The Dirty Truth About Canola Oil
In this blog post, I will be explaining about canola oil. short, Yes, it's true that canola oil is high in monounsaturates, but let me explain why canola oil is anything but "healthy". I will also be teaching you about canola oil I will also teach you important note on…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Must - know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements
Must-Know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements One of the top things that you need to make sure that you’re doing as you go about your weight-loss program is setting your calorie intake up properly. Those who don’t use the proper calorie intake are never going to see results, or…
By: Colin3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1788    Report this Article