A Good Night’s Sleep – Third Rule to Losing Weight Permanently

One of the most interesting things I found out when dieting was that lack of sleep can actually make you gain weight.  Thinking about it, it did make sense and I believed that sleep deprivation was one reason why I began to gain weight so rapidly.

It is suggested that the average person needs about 7 to 8 hours of sleep, which can help you lose as much as 300 calories a day.  Many research studies reveal that lack of sleep causes a person to increase late night snacking, eat foods high in fats and carbohydrates, and to eat large food portions.

What’s also interesting is that a lack of sleep affects your metabolism and how your body processes food, which leads to weight gain.

Once I learned this I made the sacrifice to go to bed earlier.  During my time studying, I stayed up late finishing assignments and preparing for final exams.  Not to mention those times when I said, “no studies tonight, I just want to watch TV”. So I would stay up until midnight or 1.00 am studying or watching a movie.  On average I got about 4 to 5 hours of sleep.

Once I discovered sleep deprivation could be a potential reason for my weight gain, I started going to bed earlier, which meant I had to change my study habits, and give up late night television for a while.  It was well worth it. Together with proper nutrition and exercise, a good night’s sleep allowed me to lose the weight I needed in six months.  I also learnt that the average amount of sleep I needed was 7 hours.  I couldn’t sleep for more than that even if I tried.

So if you want to seriously lose weight, you need to include a full night’s sleep to your weight loss regime.  And just like diet and exercise, it is going to take some sacrifice, but I can assure you it works, and a sacrifice well worth it.


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