Typically, “you snooze, you lose” is taken as a bad thing. However, when it comes to shedding pounds and opting for the skimpy nightie over the thick flannel pajama set, getting as much shut-eye as possible is essential for hitting your goal weight (Get your Beauty Sleep Tea here).
It seems like the least-active part of your day (or night) could not possibly have much of an effect on helping you slide into your skinny jeans, right? Quite the opposite, actually. A recent study found so-so sleep could undermine weight loss by as much as 55 percent, meaning all of your effort in the gym is kind of pointless unless you rest up. You’re not dreaming: these four tips will have you losing weight in your sleep!
Enjoying a protein shake before hitting the sack may give your metabolism a slight jolt to tide you over until morning. Protein is more thermogenic than carbs or fat, so your body burns more calories to digest it.
Research has proven that people who consumed an evening snack of about 30g of either whey or casein protein had a higher resting metabolic rate the next morning than if they went to bed hungry. It’s not such a significant snack that you sleep uncomfortably, but it keeps everything revved up enough to maintain stabilized levels until breakfast.
Forgetting about the fridge a few hours before bedtime may help you lose more weight, even if you eat more food throughout the day. Eating the suggested 5-6 small meals gives your body ample time to use up the energy that the food provided; it doesn’t need a ton of calories right before bed because it has no outlet for those calories. Keeping your eating habits in check will break the habit of mindlessly consuming a complete second dinner simply because you’re bored, which translates into a skinnier you come morning!
If an unsettled mind and body keep you from achieving a sound slumber, don’t reach for the sleeping pills right away. Both calcium and magnesium help maintain nervous system health, reducing anxiety and promoting calm; thus, they are two of the best natural sleep aids you can find.
Magnesium deficiencies have actually been shown to cause insomnia and restless leg syndrome, so if you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep and aren’t already using these supplements, consider giving a daily dose of each a try. As both are beneficial to stabilizing energy levels as well as the metabolization of carbohydrates, being sure to get the recommended amount is crucial to meeting your weight goals.
Hunkering down in a slightly chilled room will not only lead to a deeper sleep (and a great excuse to nestle up next to your favorite cuddle buddy), but colder temperatures subtly improve how much fat we burn overnight. Brown fat is our friend, and helps to get rid of the other fat that makes us wear a t-shirt at the beach. Our stores of brown fat keep us warm at night by helping to burn through the soft layer we don’t want stored in and around our tummies.
Studies have shown that sleeping in a room kept at a consistent 66 degrees (Fahrenheit) can help to nearly double this brown fat in as little as a month, allowing for a more substantial belly burn that will have you awaiting the sound of your alarm clock to check for new abs peeking through.
Turn out the lights, turn off the laptop, take a few relaxing breaths, and prepare for at least 6 hours of restful bliss. As you hit REM sleep (that deep, restful stage where you burn the most calories) and get to the best part of your dream, you’re sure to see yourself finishing that triathlon, taking the perfect veggie lasagna out of the oven, and or admiring some tight tricep muscles. Wait, is this a dream or reality? Only a good night’s rest will tell.
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