Sleeping the pounds away

I love these guys at Natural News.  Getting the straight dope on weight loss is so important.  There are tons of companies out there promoting weight loss products.  These miracle products are supposed to do it all for us.  Well, baloney!  Products can help a tremendous amount, but you still have to correct the lifestyle and eating habits that made you fat in the first place.

This particular life style change is easy.  Nothing beats a great nights sleep.  Sleep can make a huge difference in your weight too.  Read on, I think you will enjoy these excerpts from this article:

(NaturalNews) “It is no secret that our society struggles with weight loss resistance. Researchers at John Hopkins University estimate that by the year 2015 over 75% of Americans will be overweight with a staggering 41% being obese. Many people claim the country’s propensity to overeat and indulge on junk food on a lack of will power; however, science is now showing it may be related to our hormones. New research is showing that healthy sleep cycles have been shown to balance the hormones responsible for food cravings and overeating.”

“Many people go on calorie restricted diets in order to lose weight. However, calorie restriction leads to dramatic increases in ghrelin secretion. This results in uncontrollable hunger and eventual over-eating. This is the hormone responsible for the classic starvation-binge cycle that ruins so many weight loss pursuits. This is also why deprivation based weight loss programs have a very poor long-term success rate.”

“Sleep may be the Most Important Lifestyle Factor for Weight Loss. Researchers at Stanford University found that people who sleep 5 hours or less per night had a 15% greater amount of ghrelin and 15% less leptin than those who slept 8 hours a night. Another study showed that sleep deprived individuals had a significantly greater craving for carbohydrate rich junk food.”

“Sleeping has also been shown to enhance human growth hormone (HGH) secretion, which is our body’s natural anti-aging hormone. HGH secretion switches our metabolism to burn fat, build muscle, & boost immunity. Elevated insulin levels are antagonistic to HGH. Therefore, eating food (particularly carbohydrate rich food) before we sleep at night is detrimental to our efforts to effectively burn fat.”

“Keys to a Good Night Sleep:
1) Do not eat within 3 hours of sleep
2) Eat low carbohydrate meals throughout the day and particularly at night.
3) Keep your bedroom cool (around 70 degrees F)
4)Light inhibits melatonin secretion so keep your bedroom as dark as possible.
5) If you must eat before bed – have good fat/protein such as a shake with coconut milk, almond butter, cinnamon, & stevia.
6)Regular movement throughout the day helps burn off metabolic waste in muscles and cells allowing the body to relax more effectively.
7)Avoid caffeine and stimulants after 3pm”

Greg Arnold


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