Want to Lose Weight? Get Some Sleep

Sleeping Can Help You Lose Weight

According to Dr. Michael Breus, author of the book “The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan”, you can lose three times more fat during sleep than lying awake in your bed. When the author appeared on the Dr. Oz show, Dr. Oz voiced his support for this statement.

According to Dr Oz, while there are so many diets available in the market, one aspect of the dieting lifestyle is often overlooked. This is the element of sleep, and according to the good doctor, one can burn as much as 150 more calories through sleeping an extra hour each evening. With the total calories burned computed for a year, the projected weight loss can add up to fourteen pounds. That’s fourteen pounds of a weight loss by doing nothing other than sleeping more.

The calorie burn occurs during REM or rapid eye movement sleep, as the body burns more calories during this time compared to just being awake and in bed. Dr. Oz further adds that if one sleeps less than six and a half hours each night, this will result in weight gain, as the hormone that tells you to stop eating does not work properly, leaving you constantly hungry. Further making things complicated, the lack of sleep slows down your overall metabolism.

Dr. Breus’s research demonstrated that as the brain triggers the REM cycle, this results in more calories burned. The body’s core temperature also increases during this time, helping the body to burn more fat. Dr. Breus further recommends the following to help in losing weight even when asleep:

  1. Setting the Clock. The snooze button would not help you in this, as one’s sleep cycle is actually disturbed when the alarm goes off. Thus, it is better to set your alarm for the actual time you would wake up, so that you get up right away. You should sleep by the clock as well — set a schedule, and go to sleep at the same time every night.
  2. Taking Naps. Doing short power naps during the midday can help recharge your batteries. One trick is to make cold-brewed coffee and drink it straight away, then go take your nap. In thirty minutes, you are awakened by the caffeine jolt, full of energy from your power nap.
  3. Go to Bed on a Full Stomach. Traditional advice tells us not to eat right before bed, but recent research is demonstrating the opposite. Having a snack with slow-digesting protein and carbs right before bed ensures that you’re satiated, so you’ll sleep more deeply and won’t be awakened by hunger.

The doctors have handed out the information. Your turn to take the lead for your overall better health.

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