While it might be obvious that not getting enough sleep could hinder you energy levels during exercise, not getting enough sleep can effect your ability to lose weight in many other ways. First, feeling sleep deprived is hardly a recipe for having great workouts, taking the time for meal preparation, and healthy stress management – which are all must haves for successful weight loss. In addition, when you are tired, your body tends to crave simple carbohydrates in order to get energy (and quick!) as well has hinders your ability to make healthier food choices or cook a meal vs. taking the quick route of picking up something or popping a pre-packaged meal in the microwave. During sleep your body also regulates the hormones gherlin (the hunger hormone), leptin (the satiety hormone), cortisol (stress hormone), and insulin (hormone to help regulate blood glucose) altering each in different ways. Bottom line, you may be hungrier, crave simple carbs, and your metabolism won’t be working at it’s best. If you are struggling to see progress toward your goal, first start with getting consistent and restful sleep. If you have trouble with sleep you may want to try some natural sleep supporting essential oils in addition to maintaining a bedtime routine. Check out more about how sleep can effect weight loss and performance.
Of all the essential oils I have used, Peppermint is by far one of my very favorites! Not only does it smell delicious, it has all different kinds of uses. Some of my favorites include:
- Add to water for a boost of energy
- Diffuse to enhance concentration and boost feelings positivity
- Mix with a carrier oil and rub onto the skin to help alleviate for sore muscles, especially after exercise!
Avoiding temptations this time of year could be a full time job! Some tricks you can use to help manage your calorie intake during the holiday season include:
- Have a snack or small meal before attending a party or big dinner to avoid overeating
- Drink water before and during a meal
- Bring a healthier dish to parties for all to share
- Use the plate method (1/2 plate veggies, 1/4 lean protein, 1/4 complex carb)
- Eat consistently throughout the day to avoid crashes in blood sugar then overindulgence.
- Use low or no calorie mixers for alcoholic drinks. Alternate each alcohol drink with water to limit extra calories.
- Survey the buffet before serving yourself to decide what are must have foods and those you don’t mind forgoing.
Research is showing a connection between the things you eat and an improved ability to manage stress. Dark chocolate is on the list, so I’m already on board! Check out the rest here.
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