Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sleep: A Key Component for Weight Loss

Are you sleep deprived right now? Sleep is an often forgotten and critical component to good health. In this blog, I want to briefly share with you the benefits of sleep and why it is critical for weight loss.

Benefits of Sleep

  • Slows the aging process

  • Increases energy levels

  • Improves overall health

  • Reduces risk of premature death

  • Enhances your immune system

  • Makes you more mentally alert

  • Improves physical and mental performance

Critical for Weight Loss

When you are tired, your brain doesn't know if it is sleep deprived or in need of glucose. Therefore, you will naturally crave sugar when you are tired. Haven't you felt that way before? I know whenever I don't get a good night's rest, I feel the craving to eat more than I normally would. Also, when you are tired, you don't usually feel like being active and working out. Thus, sleep deprivation is a recipe for weight loss failure!


Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night!


Gage Livingston
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Milwaukee, WI

Source: Core Performance Endurance by Mark Verstegen p. 52-53

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