How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

So you are finally working out regularly, you are eating right but are you getting enough sleep? If you thought that groggy mornings and cranky days are the only side effects of not getting enough ZZZs, think twice.  New research shows that missing out on sleep can also lead to weight gain.

Why You Need Enough Sleep

Researchers from Columbia University found that people who slept less than seven hours per day have a harder time losing weight and are on average heavier than those who got at least eight and a half hours of sleep per night. Another study echoed the results of the Columbia study that eating less and moving more is not enough for healthy weight loss, you have to also sleep more.

arnold napsWhat all this means is that getting the right amount of sleep is as important as sweating at the gym. But why?  Why can’t we just get results cutting down calories and working out with a trainer. Here’s what adequate rest does:

Stops Late Night Snacking.

The longer you stay up, the more likely you are to feel the need to snack and that can cause a pound or two of weight gain per week, according to researchers. Studies show that those who stay up at night, eat as much as 550 calories from 11pm.

Boosts Fat Loss.

Eating the right amount of food and not getting enough sleep will stop you from losing body fat. A University of Chicago study concluded that even people who lose the same amount of pounds, those who slept more lose more body fat than those who sleep less.

Helps You Burn Calories.

A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that sleeping more helps you burn more calories even when you are not moving. You also lose 20 percent more calories after a meal than those sleep-deprived people.

Helps You Shop for Healthy Food.

We all know not go to grocery shopping when we are hungry, but did you know that shopping while tired makes you buy more calories in food than those who are well-rested. One study found that sleep-deprived people bought almost 1,300 calories more than those who had enough rest.

Affects Your Genetic Weight.

A University of Washington study proved that the more you sleep the less important genetic play a role in how much you weigh. What this means is the excuse that you are “large boned” doesn’t work anymore and if you eat right, exercise and get enough sleep, you will be lean and have the body you always dreamed about.


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