The Connection Between Sleep and Weight Loss

11 Ways You Could Lose Weight Quickly: All Backed by Science

Hey it’s Dr. Amy Lee the Chief Medical Officer at Lindora Clinic. Most people know that in order to lose weight there needs to be a combination of healthy eating and consistent exercise. But did you know there is another important variable that plays a role in weight loss, and that’s sleep.

Many of us just aren’t getting enough of it. So most of us aren’t getting enough sleep and the reasons could be very obvious. One of the main reasons is number one, we’re overworked. We work long hours or we have multiple jobs.

Number two, just being stressed out due to multiple deadlines or various projects that we have to finish that puts us at a higher level of stress on a daily basis. 3, we often times go home and we pick up our handheld device to catch up on social media or we turn on TV and sort of binge watch on various shows that we missed and that puts us in actually a stimulated state. So these are some of the common reasons why people actually don’t get enough sleep. Believe it or not many of us actually have experienced some forms of insomnia.

Insomnia is simply defined as difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep. It’s actually quite a common condition that affects over 37 million people in the US. And if left untreated it could cause conditions that we see every day, such as, elevated blood pressure or worsening of anxiety and depression. It could increase someone’s inflammatory state and stress level which then makes arthritis even more difficult to treat. But more importantly is this potential to cause weight gain which leads to obesity.

A good night’s sleep has a huge effect on your weight. There are many connections that have shown this relationship and I’m going to go over three. First, a lack of sleep can cause the body to be more stressed and during the state of stress our body secretes something called cortisol. When you have prolonged levels of cortisol in your body it could actually cause an imbalance with other hormones that play a role in hunger and satiety.

These hormones are called ghrelin and leptin. Secondly, a lack of sleep could actually cause us to have fatigue and daytime drowsiness, which could play a role in the way we make decisions about our food intake. People who are tired tend to actually eat more items with caffeine and simple sugars.

Which then also cause us to become less motivated to do things like exercise. So the outcome is you have this imbalance of increased intake and decreased output and that would cause the body to actually gain weight. And lastly, the longer we stay awake the more likely we eat more calories. Studies have shown that people who stay up later tend to eat more refined carbs and sugary foods.

Hey it’s Dr. Amy Lee the Chief Medical Officer at Lindora Clinic. Most people know that in order to lose weight there needs to be a combination of healthy eating and consistent exercise. But did you know there is another important variable that plays a role in weight loss, and that’s sleep.

Many of us just aren’t getting enough of it. So most of us aren’t getting enough sleep and the reasons could be very obvious. One of the main reasons is number one, we’re overworked. We work long hours or we have multiple jobs.

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Number two, just being stressed out due to multiple deadlines or various projects that we have to finish that puts us at a higher level of stress on a daily basis. 3, we often times go home and we pick up our handheld device to catch up on social media or we turn on TV and sort of binge watch on various shows that we missed and that puts us in actually a stimulated state. So these are some of the common reasons why people actually don’t get enough sleep. Believe it or not many of us actually have experienced some forms of insomnia.

Insomnia is simply defined as difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep. It’s actually quite a common condition that affects over 37 million people in the US. And if left untreated it could cause conditions that we see every day, such as, elevated blood pressure or worsening of anxiety and depression. It could increase someone’s inflammatory state and stress level which then makes arthritis even more difficult to treat. But more importantly is this potential to cause weight gain which leads to obesity.

A good night’s sleep has a huge effect on your weight. There are many connections that have shown this relationship and I’m going to go over three. First, a lack of sleep can cause the body to be more stressed and during the state of stress our body secretes something called cortisol. When you have prolonged levels of cortisol in your body it could actually cause an imbalance with other hormones that play a role in hunger and satiety.

These hormones are called ghrelin and leptin. Secondly, a lack of sleep could actually cause us to have fatigue and daytime drowsiness, which could play a role in the way we make decisions about our food intake. People who are tired tend to actually eat more items with caffeine and simple sugars.

Which then also cause us to become less motivated to do things like exercise. So the outcome is you have this imbalance of increased intake and decreased output and that would cause the body to actually gain weight. And lastly, the longer we stay awake the more likely we eat more calories. Studies have shown that people who stay up later tend to eat more refined carbs and sugary foods.

There are a lot of things that we can do to improve our sleep. Obvious things would be just put in your handheld device away or turn it off to TV a few hours before bedtime. Some of the things that you can do throughout the day when it comes down to eating better and even moving more actually plays a role in a quality of your sleep and I want to share with you some of the tips.

Number one cutting out refined carbs or simple sugars from your diet. Sometimes eating these types of foods can actually be very stimulating. Followed by number two, replacing these carbohydrates with good quality proteins. We know that proteins can break down to amino acids which has benefits in causing relaxation for the body.

Number three, avoid eating large meals in the evening right before bedtime. Because you run the risk of developing gastric reflux. Number four, avoid using excessive alcohol because it does have potential to affect your deep sleep.

Number five, and if it all fails you may want to look into some of the natural remedies before jumping into your conventional prescribed medications. At Lindora, we created a blend called REM4 that contains four of the essential ingredients that have been proven to help promote a better night’s sleep. These four ingredients are Glycine, L-Theanine, Melatonin and Passion Flower. To purchase REM4 from our online store, click the link in the description or simply go to any one of our 34 clinics located throughout Southern California.

I’m Dr. Amy Lee and I encourage you to Eat Better, Move More and Stress Less and get more sleep. Thank you for watching and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more informative videos and for more information about weight loss tips and how to live a healthier lifestyle visit us at our website at Lindora.com.

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