Why Sleep is Important for Weight Loss

“You need your beauty sleep”, “ Get some rest” and “ Don’t stay up to late” are all phrases ingrained in our brains thanks to our parents’ constant nagging growing up – who would’ve thought they actually knew what they were talking about…

If you’re stuck in your weight loss journey, lack of sleep could be a contributing factor, considering it is just as important as diet and exercise. In fact, getting 30 minutes less sleep then necessary is linked to obesity and diabetes according to the Endocrine Society.

What happens to your body when it is sleep deprived?

Lack of sleep can trigger many things in your body, the first being your appetite. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body will release more of the Ghrelin hormone, a hunger hormone that tells your body to eat. It will then release less of the Leptin hormone, which signals to you that you’re full. Therefore, if you don’t get enough sleep, you will eat more to make up for it.

Another consequence of lack of sleep is eating unhealthy food. Because you’re sleep deprived, your frontal lobe, which is in charge of decision-making and self-control, is not as active and will allow you to eat unhealthy food to satisfy the rewards centre of your brain, which is more active and stimulated by food when you’re sleep deprived.

Finally, lack of sleep can result in a lowered resting metabolic rate (RMR); this is the number of calories you burn when you’re resting. Your RMR is also affected by your muscle mass, the more muscles you have the more calories you’ll burn while resting, however, lack of sleep has been shown to cause muscle loss, therefore further affecting your RMR.

The benefits of sleep for weight loss

If you are getting enough sleep then congratulations! You are one step closer to achieving your weight loss goals – sleep can do wonders on the body.

When you are well rested you will be physically able to exercise consistently, maintaining muscle mass and having the energy to do so. Your body will also be on a normal cycle and will therefore not crave unhealthy foods.

Our bodies produce insulin to move sugars from our bloodstream and into our body cell’s to give us energy, it is only when we’re sleep deprived that our cells become insulin resistant and require more food to feel energised.

When diet, exercise and sleep aren’t working

The bottom line is, sleep is a necessity on your weigh loss journey. However, here at Revere Clinics, we understand that even diet, exercise and sleep can sometimes not be enough to lose that stubborn fat and we have got the perfect solution.

To supplement all your hard work, we offer a fat removal without surgery in the form of CoolSculpting and the best CoolSculpting London has to offer at that. If you can pinch it, we can freeze it.

CoolSculpting works to freeze belly fat, fat in your thighs, love handles, you name it – and then disposes the fat cells from your body. This non-invasive surgery requires no downtime and will give you the body you have only dreamed about – as you’re getting the correct amount of sleep of course!

Don’t delay, book a consultation with one of our qualified professionals today and be rewarded for your sleeping habits.