Sounds skeptical or too good to be true? Typically, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…but not this time! So how can you lose weight overnight? Simply by getting more sleep!
Research conducted at Columbia University’s New York Obesity Research Center found that insufficient sleep could cause excess pounds. Subjects who slept for four hours, ate more calories the next day than when they received a larger amount of sleep. Women consumed 329 more calories and men consumed 263 more calories.
Since there are 3,500 calories in one pound, frequent nights of insufficient sleep can easily result in weight gain. Types of food typically chosen during those nights subjects received four hours of sleep included ice cream and other high-fat foods.
If your sleeping patterns are affecting your diet, read on for some helpful tips:
- Get more sleep! Aim for around 6-8 hours each night. Take a warm bath, have some tea or ban computer activity for 30 minutes before you intend to get some winks and you’ll fall asleep quicker. Practice time management and make sleep a priority.
- One of my most important success strategies for losing weight is to AVOID eating after dinner. Do you want to burn fat while you are sleeping or do you want your body to be busy digesting that late night snack? My guess is you would rather put your body in fat burning mode!
- Go to bed earlier to get more sleep and avoid eating. If you still have some tasks to do, set your alarm to finish up the next morning. Your body is tired and it will be more productive when it’s refreshed!
Notice how much better you feel when you increase your sleep to maintain this behavior change. Your waistline may get smaller as a result!
Research assistance provided by Jessica Bennett