Rest and Fat
Does sleep affect
your weight? Will getting sleep help you lose weight, and can lack of sleep make you gain weight? Read on to
discover just how important rest and sleep are to your weight loss and health.
by Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT (aka The Fit Dad) -
Fitness and Nutrition Expert to the true superheroes - busy Moms and Dads! and Author of
Fat Loss To
I love sleep and you probably do too. The only
problem is that most of us don’t get enough of it. The sleep experts
recommend we get about 7-8 hours every night, yet most Americans get only 5-6. Not very smart and here’s why.
misconception among many people who exercise is that your muscles actually get bigger and stronger during the
workout. Well, that’s not entirely true. Your
muscles don’t get bigger, stronger, or more efficient while you’re working out. The workout is kind
of the means to the end or the stimulus that your body needs to accomplish your goals.
gains you make come while your body is resting and recuperating.
But why, you
may ask? Well I’m glad you asked such a splendid question. When a muscle is
forced to contract harder than usual (like during resistance training), the actual muscle cells get a little
damaged. They get torn actually. This may lead to
soreness in the day or two immediately following your workout.
Your body will
get rid of the chemicals that cause the soreness and then it will work to repair the damage caused during your
workouts. Some of this repair comes in the first couple hours immediately following your workout,
but most of these repairs come while you are asleep.
But your body
doesn’t stop there.
In an attempt
to prevent future damage and soreness, your body will not only repair the damage, it will
also build your muscles back just a little bit bigger and
stronger than they were before. This is what causes
the actual gains in muscle size, strength, and efficiency, which ultimately leads to fat
If you don’t allow your body to rest, it
can’t properly recover from the workouts you’ll do in this program. If you don’t allow yourself to
properly recover, that means you won’t see the results you’re after as rapidly. So, if you want results as fast as possible, make sure you
get plenty of rest and at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
If you miss a
full night of sleep your workouts will suffer. And your health,
fitness, and weight loss goals will be that much harder to attain.
Making sure you
get enough sleep also helps out in other areas, aside from your workouts. Getting enough sleep
and rest are de-stressors. It also
strengthens the areas of your brain that help with memory and coordination.
sleep also helps strengthen the immune system. Even if you miss as
little as 2 hours per night over a week’s time, that will weaken your immune system and can cause inflammation,
which can set you up for heart disease.
enough sleep also impairs your body’s ability to process blood sugar, which can lead to
diabetes. It also raises the level of the stress hormone cortisol, which as I said in the last
section can increase your likelihood of gaining belly fat.
Convinced? After all those reasons, it should be easy to
see that sleep could be your missing link when trying to lose that extra layer of fat.
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