We all know that eating well and exercising will help to improve our health and lead to weight loss.
With that said, you should totally join us on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, a program designed to help mums lose 8-13lbs a month with weekly meal plans and exercise programs, if you haven’t already.
But there is ONE other change you can make to help shed those pounds…and that is a good night’s sleep!
So how many hours do you need to sleep a night to see the weight loss benefits? And HOW can we get more shut eye? Read on below to find out more.
Sleep for weight loss – 3 fun fat facts
1. Getting enough sleep helps you say goodbye to fat
Yes it’s true, research has found that getting a good night’s sleep helps to shed fat!
The University of Chicago conducted a study with 10 individuals and placed them on a healthy diet. They were studied twice, once for 14 days in the lab with an 8.5 hour period set aside for sleep, and once for 14 days with only 5.5 hours designated for sleep.
Though the dieters lost the same amount of weight, when they got more sleep, more than half of the weight they lost was fat. When they cut back on their sleep, only one fourth of their weight loss came from fat. Wow!
2. More sleep helps you feel less hungry
Levels of ghrelin also known as ‘the hunger hormone’ were measured too. When the dieters spent 8.5 hours in bed, their ghrelin levels didn’t change but when they had a shorter amount of sleep, their ghrelin levels rose over two weeks from 75 ng/L to 84 ng/L.