The results are in; sleeping will make you burn more fat.
I’m constantly bombarded by theories on how to lose weight and so far, every program I have heard of is incomplete. It’s easy to watch weight-loss shows and think the whole process is about calories in vs. calories out…or fat vs. carb…or zone vs. percentage…but what happens when you’re eating 800 calories a day, working out for two hoursa a day and still not losing fat?
This question is what drives me to study problematic weight loss.
According to a 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (a medical journal), people who slept 8.5 hours a night lost 55% more fat than those who slept 5.5 hours. That’s more than double the amount of weight loss simply by adding 3 hours of sleep a night. So think about it…if you lost 15 pounds last month and only slept an average of 5 hours a night, you could have lost close to 24.
Since we know that muscle helps keep your fat-burning metabolism high, it’s important to note the study shows a 60% decrease in muscle in the 5.5 hour a night group! so if you have ever caught yourself in a cycle of “starve myself to lose weight” and then gained it back immediately after you returned to normal eating, this can be a contributor.
So lets get smarter about weight loss! Less sleep (or repeatedly bad sleep) will decrease your metabolism and dramatically slow your fat loss…no bull..it’s just science
Check out the study here: