Sleep And Dieting – The Crucial Connection

Introduction And Background
There is a crucial connection between sleeping and dieting and we all know what that is. It is called vice versa. Sleep is affected by dieting and dieting is affected by sleep, thus the vice versa. This is nothing new. Everyone knows that. But do you know how exactly sleep affects your diet? Do you know exactly how diet affects your sleep? Read on further to enlighten yourself on how important getting sufficient sleep is and how you should never try to sleep on a completely empty stomach. It can actually ruin your mood considerably.

Sleep Soundly And Sufficiently
Getting enough sleep is extremely important and it is better if the sleep pattern is in one go. If you sleep for two hours and then wake up and then sleep for three hours and then keep on taking such naps, it will ruin your routine and your health a lot. Night time is for sleeping and sleeping soundly. If you are not getting enough sleep, your weight is bound to increase. There are many reasons as to why weight increases due to lack of sleep. Read some of them below and try to realize how important it is that you get enough sleep daily.

How Sleep Affects Dieting?
Try and think of how you will be able to diet if you’re tired and irritable all the time. You’ll probably detest the diet you’re on and it is most likely that you’ll give up on it in two to three days. Lack of sleep also makes you hungrier as you’re awake for a greater number of hours and need the energy to be so.

How Sleep Affects Weight?
Sleep also affects weight a lot. It is the same as dieting. You are hungry when you have been up for a greater number of hours. You tend to eat more to stay awake and since your energy level is at a minimum, you snack on stuff to ensure that it goes up. Your metabolic rate also decreases this way and what’s more, you tend to eat extremely unhealthy stuff when sleep deprived. Haven’t you ever noticed the tendency to eat a packet of chips or a chocolate bar rather than cut yourself some fruit or whip up a homemade sandwich? It is because you’re tired and grouchy and need sleep. Sleep is instrumental in weight loss and without it, you’ll probably end up gaining weight if not remaining at the same scale.

What To Do?
The answer to this is pretty simple. You make sure that you get enough sleep. If you are dieting, it is crucial that you pay attention to your sleep as well. Do not think that sleeping less means that you’ll be spending more calories. It will only make dieting harder for you and lower your metabolic rate, two things which dieters should desperately avoid if they ever want to lose weight at a fast pace.

However…
This does not mean that you sleep all the time! Sleeping should be done in a healthy way. Try to sleep seven to eight hours a day, not more than that. Sleeping more can also have an adverse effect on your diet and your weight loss program. It makes you lazier and also tends to slow down your metabolism. What’s more, sleeping more has shown that fat storage increases this way. Sleeping seven to eight hours daily is more than enough. If you think any more than that would be beneficial for your diet, think again!

The Hormones…
No matter how much will power you have, there are certain things that the body cannot ignore. If you are sleep deprived and are dieting, your body is going to drive you crazy as your brain will be needing fuel immediately and will keep sending signals until you eat something which is probably big, fat and juicy and not at all allowed in your diet. The hunger hormones can lead even the best of dieters astray and before they know it, they will find themselves having a burger and a shake. Thus, if you really and truly want to lose weight properly and in a healthy manner, you will look after your sleep as well. Sleeping seven to eight hours a day should be a priority rather than a thing to overlook.

Conclusion
Now that the crucial connection has been explained to you, it is necessary that you pay crucial attention to it. You will most likely end up making bad food decisions if you’re sleep deprived and this will lead to a hindrance in your diet and will probably make you gain weight rather than losing it. Thus, add it to your list of things to do. Sleep soundly at night and in one go rather than taking small naps.

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