Good sleep is one of the most important things to consider for your physical and mental health as well as your weight.
Studies are very clear and they show that poor sleep is the single biggest risk factor for obesity. Adults and children with poor sleep have 55% and 89% greater risk of becoming obese.
Poor sleep has also been demonstrated to lower leptin and increase ghrelin which is essentially lowering levels of satiety and increasing levels of hunger. Poor sleep can decrease your self-control and decision-making abilities and can increase the brain’s reaction to food. Poor sleep has also been linked to increased intake of foods high in calories, fats and carbs. Poor sleep can increase your calorie intake by increasing late-night snacking, portion sizes and the time available to eat.
Lack of sleep may decrease your exercise motivation, quantity and intensity. Getting more sleep may even help improve performance.
Poor sleep disrupts blood sugar balance in the body which can cause energy highs and lows the next day which can reduce your energy expenditure.
Just a few days of poor sleep can cause insulin resistance that is a precursor to both weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
If you hit a fat loss plateau you need to get a good sleep each and every single night to support yourself, your body weight, your metabolism, all your metabolic pathways and also recovery from exercise.
Sleep is the king of recovery when it comes to exercise.