on Mar 21, 2017 08:16

Sleeping your way slim, the benefits of restful sleep

young woman sleeping peacefully

Anti Cellulite Challenge – Step 1 – Healthy weight loss? It’s all in a good night’s sleep

What if you could create the ideal conditions for weight loss simply by sleeping better or a little more?

Sleep and weight loss are intimately linked. Experts even agree that sleeping for around eight hours a night is an effective weapon against putting on weight.

Why?

During the day, we burn the calories we consume as part of our daily diet, while at night we store the surplus! To eliminate this superfluous stock, high-quality sleep is necessary to allow you to sleep off the weight.

Sleep affects our body, hormone system, biological clock and our metabolism, but it also influences our eating habits.

So, if it is possible to sleep your way slim, does that mean that lack of sleep makes you fat?

Sleeping your way slim, sleep and metabolism

The results of an American study conducted by the University of Washington (published in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) back up these facts.

Lack of sleep can result in a hormone imbalance, which can lead to weight gain. A restful sleep, in turn, is claimed to play a positive role in the slimming process.

In other words, during our sleep, we secrete leptin, the appetite suppressant hormone that gives us an impression of satiety and participates in the metabolisation of fats. When you don’t sleep enough, ghrelin is secreted instead of leptin. This hormone has the opposite effect of leptin and stimulates the appetite, in turn favouring weight gain.

According to this study, poor sleep seems to sabotage efforts to lose fat and keep useful proteins.

Before starting a detox, you should first make sure that you are getting the sleep that you need, because it is during this period of rest that our liver, along with the rest of our body, best regenerates itself. A body that sleeps well is a body that works well and will more easily accept any type of diet.

Sleep and eating habits

Several factors explain the effect of sleep on weight.

First of all, it affects our behaviour: by sleeping less, we have more time in the day and we naturally tend to snack more.

After a poor night’s sleep, we need more energy and turn to more energy-rich, high-calorie foods to fight against fatigue.

Finally, this sluggishness makes us also want to move less, which doesn’t help matters!

Boosting weight loss while sleeping, a few tips…

  • Making the last meal of the day lighter is in itself recommended for a good night’s sleep. Opt for these foods in the evening: carbohydrates made from wholewheat flour, fresh vegetables and pulses, white meats, oily fish, seafood and fruit (the less sweet varieties).
  • Whenever possible, eat at least two hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid stimulants in the evening because their effects take hours to wear off.
  • If you want to make the most of the mellow vibes as the day draws to a close, take a walk to digest and burn calories at the same time.
  • A herbal tea is always a good way to induce sleep. Lime, chamomile, passionflower or valerian are recommended for a long and restful sleep to optimise the process that helps you sleep your way slim.
  • Aromatherapy is also a good ally: a drop or two of lavender essential oil on your pillow can help improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Relax, listen to your body, laugh to evacuate the stress of the day and use your biological clock to lose weight.