Sleep & Weight Loss

Here’s another good reason to get your rest.

If you don’t sleep you will not be able to lose weight.  Lack of sleep wreaks havoc with your hormones.  There are two hormones in your brain that control hunger.  Ghrelin, (which stimulates hunger),  and Leptin, (which tells your body that you are satisfied and quit eating).

When you aren’t sleeping well this causes an imbalance of these hormones with Ghrelin winning out.  So not only are you sleep deprived, but hungry.  A recent study found that sleep deprived people were generally not satisfied with the food they were eating, so they kept looking for other food to satisy them.  These people consumed on average 1,000 extra calories a day!  Yikes!  Ghrelin also tells your body to seek out higher calorie foods!  Double trouble!

Diet sodas do the same thing as sleep deprivation.

So don’t sacrifice your sleep for anything….especially diet sodas!

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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