Eating healthy is vital to lose weight. Exercising is crucial to lose weight.
We all know when losing weight these two things are the key factors. You’ve heard it for years. It’s not a hidden secret. If you’re currently working on becoming the best version of yourself then you’re concentrating on eating nutrient rich food while incorporating exercise every day. Let us be the first to say, that’s awesome! But are you missing something?
So many women concentrate on just eating healthy and getting their exercise daily to lose weight. Women often times forget there is another key component to weight loss. It helps you live an even healthier lifestyle and helps you lose more weight. Can you guess what it is?
It’s the one thing that gets completely overlooked as part of a healthy lifestyle, especially by women. Women juggle so many things in their daily lives. You’ve got work. You’ve got your family. You’ve got activities. You’ve got to exercise. We could go on and on about how much women do everyday, but it’s probably just reminding you of all the things you should be doing instead of reading this post.
Think about it for a moment, what is the one thing we are more likely to sacrifice over all other things? If you answered sleep you are most definitely not alone. It can be a problem because you’re feeling tired and exhausted, but did you know that your lack of sleep could actually be slowing your weight loss?
Delta Life Fitness knows that nutrition and exercise are key to women’s weight loss, but not including the right amount of sleep as a part of your lifestyle can really slow your results. Let’s find out why this is, and what you can do to change your sleep habits to help you lose weight and live an even BETTER lifestyle.
No Late Night Snacking
When you’re overtired and trying to stay up, how often and easy is it to turn to a late night snack? Even eating a few extra nibbles here and there can add up. If you hit the pillow early you’ll be able to avoid the call of the pantry for those late night cravings.
It has been proven that often times sleepiness can be confused with hunger. That might seem crazy, but think back to the last time you wanted to stay up. How much easier was it to stay up while you were munching on something? The faster you go to the bed the less likely you are to reach for food as a way to stay awake.
When’s the last time you honestly were able to get a full 7 to 9 hours of sleep? It can be hard, but it is imperative to getting up and living the best life you can. The less amount of sleep we get every night the less we feel refreshed the next day. This means it can be harder for us to tackle the things we NEED to do the next day. It can also make it harder for us to find the energy and motivation to go workout or prep our meals or stay active. Sleep impacts every part of our life. Getting a healthy amount of sleep each night will ensure you are waking up with energy to conquer everything you wanted to for tomorrow and the next day and the next day…you get the idea.
The last time you stayed up late did you take notice of how you felt the next day? We’re guessing you felt tired, lacking mental clarity or that familiar fogginess that comes with lack of sleep. Did you reach for a sugary snack or any snack to help lift the fog? Did you run to the local coffee shop to grab a latte? Both of these options are filled with calories that don’t necessarily fit into your ideal lifestyle. How much easier was it though for you to incorporate these into your life when you were sleep deprived? It’s easier because we feel we need that quick jolt of energy to get us through the day.
These are just a few examples of how lack of sleep can affect your weight and the healthy lifestyle you want. So what’s a woman to do?
Make your sleep a priority
Make sure you start to make your sleep a priority in your life. This may mean not turning on the television during the work week to ensure you go to bed on time or writing it down in your calendar. Making sleep a part of your lifestyle is as important as exercising and your nutrition. Start by going to bed 10 minutes earlier than you normally do. Just start! Don’t worry about getting the perfect amount, DLF knows it won’t happen overnight. (haha).
Stick with a schedule
So now that you’ve started going to bed 10 minutes early, continue to try pushing your bedtime back by 10 more minutes. The first week or so this might be difficult, but keep trying. This will help you decide what time you need to go to the bed in order to wake up and feel good and focused. Once you find that perfect amount, not too little and not too much, stick with it. Go to bed at that time every night.
Start a bedtime routine
No seriously, it works! If you get into a specific sequence of events, you do each and every time you get ready for bed your body will begin to learn and adapt to the routine. Your body is smart and will start to pick up on these cues and will start to naturally get sleepy (if you allow yourself to). Then you just have to listen to your body and not force yourself to stay awake.
Turn off electronics
Winding down for many of us now means clicking through Pinterest, catching up on Facebook or browsing the latest dresses on Old Navy. If you’ve ever felt revved up after this when you should be sleeping, it’s because your brain didn’t have a chance to slowly relax before you shut your computer off and headed to bed. Try to turn off your electronics an hour before bed. This should be a time for you to start winding down. Read, talk to your spouse, write down your goals or do some stretching instead.
Delta Life Fitness knows it can be hard to make changes and that’s why we focus on being a whole program for women where they are supported in all aspects of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle.
Are you ready to learn how you can make simple changes to your life that will get you the weight loss you seek while becoming the best woman you can be? Click on the free trial and get started today. Taking the first step is always the hardest part.