There’s ONE fat loss strategy that takes very little time and is so effective it will literally…
- Accelerate your fat loss (belly fat particularly)
- Balance your hormones
- Regulate your appetite
- Decrease risk of Type 2 Diabetes (and help cure it if you already have it)
- Cure your depression
- Fix your anxiety
- Decrease your inflammation
- Improve your memory
- Help you live longer
- Decrease your blood pressure
- Help you handle stress more effectively
- and much more…
How much would you pay for something like this?
You could go down to your local GP doctor and get a prescription for a handful of drugs that will take care of all that… for between $200-$1000+ every month, maybe more.
But my secret strategy will take care of all that, no pills involved and you won’t even break a sweat.
Best of all – it’s 100% FREE and you can do it in your sleep….literally….
…because my secret strategy is actually SLEEP!
Yes, it is possible to lose fat sleeping.
Sleep is one of the MOST important things you need to be doing. So important that your body actually shuts you down automatically to make sure you get enough.
The problem is that with such easy access to stimulants like caffeine, most people DON’T get enough. Not even close. And the sleep they do get is spend tossing and turning.
When thinking about your sleep, there’s 2 areas to think about – Quality & Quantity.
If you’re high in one area, you can skimp a little in the other.
So if you’re able to sleep 9-10 hours a night, then your Quality doesn’t have to be quite as high.
Or if you’re getting really high Quality sleep, you can get by with 6-7 hours per night.
The sweet spot is typically between 7-8 hours of decent quality sleep every night (we’ll be talking about how to get high quality sleep in Thursday’s article)
But why is sleep so important?
Well let’s take a quick look at a couple of those benefits from the beginning…
REGULATES YOUR HORMONES
Many studies have found that people with better sleep patterns have a better balance of the appetite regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin.
Leptin is the hormone that tells you when you’re full and ghrelin tells you it’s time to eat more food. These are fairly important hormones as you can imagine, especially when you’re trying to lose weight.
When you don’t get enough high quality sleep, your leptin levels drop to into the gutter, so even when you eat lots of food you don’t feel satisfied, which leads to overeating.
Combine that with an increase of ghrelin telling you that you’re still hungry and you’ve got a recipe for obesity and Type 2 diabetes at the very least.
People who with better sleep patterns also have better insulin sensitivity, meaning they have a greatly reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes, being overweight/obese and they handle starchy carbohydrates more efficiently.
And these are just 3 of the hormones affected. Going into how sleep, stress and cortisol production all affect each other would be another article for another day…
Improving your sleep helps improve these 2 hormones which also helps with…
LOSE MORE FAT
Along with regulating those 2 appetite hormones, researchers from University of Chicago found that people with better sleep patterns lost up to 56% MORE FAT and held onto MORE LEAN MUSCLE during a weight loss plan. Double win.
Multiple other studies have found that people that sleep 6+ hours/night also tend to make better choices when it comes to food, which would also lead to better fat loss. Less than 6 hours was associated with increased poor food choices throughout the day.
Combine that with the fact that multiple other studies found that athletes who slept better (9-10 hrs/night) had better overall performance, less daytime fatigue and increased stamina.
That increased performance will help you perform better in your workouts which helps with more fat loss and boosting your metabolism.
It’s like a Circle Of Awesomeness, and all you have to do is go to sleep!!
Alright, I think you get the point. Sleep is important.
Until then – go get some sleep!