Poor sleep pattern can also be one of the major causes of weight gain but there are are several other contributing factors that can also play a roll, including your genetics, your diet and exercise habits, your stress, and your health conditions. But the evidence is overwhelming: when sleep goes down, weight goes up.
And it doesn’t take a lot of sleep deprivation see the number on the scale climbing in the wrong direction. A fascinating study from researchers at the University of Colorado found that one week of sleeping about 5 hours a night led participants to gain an average of 1 kilogram.
When you lack sleep, you start experiencing multiple changes in your body that can lead to weight gain. Sleep deprivation causes changes to hormones that regulate hunger and appetite. The hormone leptin suppresses appetite and encourages the body to use up energy. Sleep deprivation reduces leptin. The hormone ghrelin, on the other hand, triggers feelings of hunger—and ghrelin goes up when you’re short on sleep.
Sleep deprivation changes what foods you’re most interested in eating, creating more intense cravings for fat and sugar-laden foods and these foods also has a negative effect on your sleep too.
If you sleep deprived, your brain can’t make reasoned decisions and use its best judgment about food, and you’re more likely to be impulsive and give into junk-food desires.
We also know that even after a moderate amount of sleep deprivation, you’re likely to eat more the next day. And lack of sleep makes you more likely to eat more of your overall calories at night, which can lead to weight gain.
This is why we encourage to get enough sleep whiles on our weight loss program, because even something mundane as not getting enough sleep can affect your weight loss negatively in the long run. So, Shoo Shoo of to bed you go…….