There are many factors that are important when attempting to lose weight. Some are more obvious than others. While reducing your calorie intake is important, getting the proper amount of sleep is important too. Not getting the proper amount of sleep can break even the most devoted health fanatic. It is a slippery slope that can turn into a cycle of poor choices.
Okay so it starts completely innocently enough. You have a report due and you have been procrastinating. It is time to pull the dreaded all-nighter. But you have to do it whether you like it or not. This poor choice can lead to even more poor choices.
The dreaded next day begins. Let’s go through it together and see how your lack of sleep can affect your choices. When you do not get enough sleep your body may feel sluggish. Before you head to work you grab a quick breakfast instead of your usual. You drink double the amount of coffee, but still do not feel quite awake. You do the bare minimum at work barely getting out of your desk. After a quick nap in the break room, you have a sudden burst of energy that is gone within minutes.
If you are strong willed you might avoid grabbing an energy drink. But even then the damage is already done. You have had double the amount of calories and have been less active. There is even more bad news. Your metabolism does not work properly when you do not receive the proper amount of sleep.
There is no way you are heading to the gym today. You roll out your car onto your couch if you could. Okay, so this might be a bit extreme for those of us who function well without sleep. Maybe you are one of the few who can breeze through the day with a smile. On the other hand, many of us need sleep to function properly.
When you go without sleep you might sleep during the day. That can mess up your entire sleep pattern. Once you make the mistake of disrupting it, it is very difficult to get back into your normal routine. When you are well rested you have more energy. Simple tasks do not seem bothersome. You are also less likely to exercise when you are tired. If you are inactive you will burn fewer calories.
You are also more likely to grab a quick on days that you are sleepy. So instead of taking the time to make a salad or healthy meal you might choose to go through the drive through or go straight for a candy bar. Often people turn to energy drinks when they are tired. Energy drinks are full of sugar and caffeine. They are high in calories and carbs.
The proper amount of sleep can make or break any diet. When you are well rested, you will feel better and more active. You will think more clearly and make better choices. Metabolism increases with activity.