Sleep is the best meditation - Dali Lama
Are you lazy? Do you abhor physical activity? Do you despise diets and calorie counting? Do you think pizza delivery isn’t enough? Would you, if you could, have the pizza guy come in, set the pie next to the couch and feed it to you? Well my friend, you’re in luck.
Science has found a weight management technique that is SO easy, you don’t even need to be conscious to pull it off. Matter of fact, you have to be unconscious. That’s right, I'm talking about sleep. Research has shown that getting enough Zs will not only cause you to be less hungry throughout your day but will decrease your desire for harmful simple carbs and sugars by up to 40%! This in turn will help you control your weight and keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed to boot!
This effect is accomplished via the regulation of the hormones leptin and ghrelin. Leptin sends signals to the brain telling it you are full while ghrelin stimulates appetite. Dr Michael Breus tells WebMD, “"When you don't get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don't feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food."
In another study, it was found that sleeping 8.5 hours per night (in comparison to 5.5) led to the loss of TWICE as much fat and the maintenance of TWICE as much muscle! By the end of this study, the "long sleepers" were burning an extra 114 calories per day (or roughly 10 lbs per year)!
In yet another study, students asked to sleep 2 hours more than they otherwise would consumed 300 calories LESS than usual (or roughly 3 pounds of fat per month). When put back on their regular low sleep habits, those same students went right back to eating more and the weight that they gained went straight to their midsections.
There’s a popular saying in the weight game – you can’t out-train a crappy diet. The same goes for a crappy sleep regimen. At Fast Twitch, we don’t only motivate and teach you to you lift weights, we help you modify every aspect of your life to maximize the fat burning, muscle building effect you want and need.
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