The Importance of Sleep for Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

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If you’re like most people out there, you have a hard time finding eight hours to get a good night’s rest.

You try and get by on five or six hours a night, going in for a good nine hours of sleep on the weekends to play catch up.

But, little did you know these poor sleep habits have a negative impact on your body fat.

Sleep is absolutely critical to your diet and exercise success, and if you aren’t getting enough, you are going to pay the price.

Effects of not sleeping enough include:

  • Difficulty controlling your hunger level, making it harder to maintain a reduced-calorie diet
  • Poor insulin sensitivity – when you do consume carbohydrate-rich foods, they will be more likely to get stored as excess body fat
  • Fatigue and sluggishness all day long, leading you to either miss a workout session or put in less than optimal effort and see a decline in performance
  • Lower metabolic rate – burn fewer calories per day

All in all, if you aren’t making the time to get enough sleep at night, you are not going to be reaping the most possible progress from all the effort you’re exerting during the day.

Sleep is when your body repairs itself from stressors, especially your workout session. If you aren’t sleeping enough, you won’t be making a full recovery and will see lower fitness progress results as well.

When on a fat-loss program, you should aim for eight to nine hours of sleep each and every night without fail. Don’t think you can just play catch-up on the weekend and be fine because that is not going to promote optimal results at all.

Start making sleep a top priority, and you will be happier, healthier and seeing faster fat loss because of all that beauty rest.

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