Weight Loss and Sleep

Hmm, this is something that Martin keeps reminding me and the last time was with the addage ‘if you don’t get a minumum of 8 hrs sleep per night – NO TRAINING’. Makes sense especially when you read this excellent article. Enjoy!

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Weight loss: are you getting enough sleep?   It’s a serious question..Take a look at this:

It’s 2004 (6 December 2004) and the headline reads:

“Sleep loss, appetite and weight gain”

Did you see it?  The article goes on to confirm  that researchers at the University of Chicago  have found that partial sleep deprivation alters the circulating levels of the hormones that regulate hunger, causing an increase in appetite and a preference for calorie-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.

So this study (published in the 7 Dec. 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine), gives us a mechanism linking sleep loss to the current epidemic of obesity.

In the experiment, research subjects (who slept only four hours a night for two nights) had an 18 percent decrease in leptin, the hormone that tells the brain there is no need for more food, and a 28 percent increase in ghrelin, the…

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About Lian Munday

My journey from having a gastric band to actually losing weight in a healthy controlled way with the help and support of Martin MacDonald, Mac-Nutrition, my Nutritionist and Andy Angell, my Personal Trainer. Please join us on our journey.
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3 Responses to Weight Loss and Sleep

  1. bearrunner says:

    I want to start getting all my workouts in the morning… Get them over with!

    • Lian Munday says:

      I try to do mine first thing, I like fasted training, followed by a protein shake and an apple, then I can have breakfast at my leisure. Not always possible in the week due to work. However, that’s one benefit of working away and staying in hotels a lot – I can use their gyms and then room service breakfast whilst I’m getting ready for work! Oh yeah, I find the gyms are all quieter at around 6 am too – always a good thing 🙂

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