Struggle between sleep and weight loss

The endless struggle between sleep and weight loss

Most of us wonder why is it that we are gaining weight in spite of having a healthy diet every day. Why is it that we feel tired in spite of running the normal errands at home? If we introspect our routine point wise, we realize that all these questions revolve around our night sleep patterns. We are happy and energetic if we sleep well at night, but if it’s a disturbed sleep then the day is definitely a grumpy and irritating one for most of us!

So how does sleep deprivation affect our weight? How disturbed sleep is exactly linked to putting on weight?

The scientists speculated that the best way to cut down on calorie intake might be simply to get more sleep.

Poor sleep increases hunger when the body faces insufficient rest or sleep it produces more ghrelin and less of leptin hormone. Ghrelin is secreted in the stomach that signals the brain that you’re hungry and leptin hormone is secreted from fat cells that signal the brain that your stomach is full further reducing your

hunger pangs. Cortisol is another hormone on its peak level when there is inadequate sleep, which again increases your hunger. Hence when you are wide awake at that odd hour do not be surprised why are you pulled towards all the food available in the kitchen.

Poor sleep decreases Resting metabolic when you are asleep or resting, you burn more calories. Hence when you are sleep deprived you tend to have a poor metabolic rate and your calories don’t burn.

And it’s rightly said; never go for grocery shopping on an empty stomach. You always tend to pick up unhealthy food!

Some bright diet tips to ensure you get to sleep well:

Meat: Recent study showed that tryptophan; present in almost all the meats gave most of sleep deprived people a powerful sleep.

Whole grains: Lunch with a bowl of whole grains is indeed a wonderful idea instead of dinner.

Small portion food for dinner: The heavier the food in quantity the longer the body takes to break down the food. Hence it is always advised to have an early and light dinner so that you sleep quicker and sound.

Proteins: Your body burns more calories digesting proteins. Research showed that people who ate a protein meal or shake for late evening snack enjoyed a good night’s sleep and had higher metabolism next morning contrary to those who ate nothing.

Honey: a spoonful just before your sleep helps increase insulin and allows tryptophan to enter the brain and helps you sleep well.