April is finally here and you’re probably starting to worry about your unreachable bikini body goal for this summer. Don’t worry! You still have few months ahead of you to take back control over your body, remove unhealthy habits from your routine and review your sleep habits at the same time.
Working out in the morning is better for weight loss.
Kick starting your day with an early workout is the best way to boost your metabolism and burn more calories and fat during the day. After a 45mn workout, a woman is more likely to make healthier food choices and eat less based on a BYU University study. As long as you sleep well and long enough, when you wake up, your body is freshly prepared for a workout. Just make sure to deeper warm up your cold muscles before digging deeper. Another study from Appalachian State University also showed that morning exercise reduce blood pressure, which has been correlated with better sleep.
A good sleep helps you control your diet.
Sleep should be considered as a reward for all your efforts! Diet, fitness, healthy habits, healthy food, detox journeys etc. Can you imagine doing all these efforts for nothing? A research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that the lack of sleep reduce or even undo the benefits of dieting: it can reduce the amount of fat lost in half.
Lack of sleep makes you hungry.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism discovered that lack of sleep increases your need for food and encourage cravings. Hunger, which is controlled by leptin and ghrelin hormones, is not efficiently regulated by the concerned area of the brain when you lack of rest. On top of that, your cortisol levels rise when you don’t sleep enough: it directly affects your ability to regulate fat gain.
Always prioritize sleep.
Our best advice and health tip is to prioritize sleep over everything! At least make sure that a poor night of sleep is not followed with another one, and another one and few more… Sleeping well will be a huge differentiator to be successful with your diets, healthy habits and weight loss journeys. You must keep in mind that sleep goes far beyond just losing weight, looking good and reaching fitness goals: it is one of the key element to help fighting health issues such as heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity.