While it comes as no surprise that sleep is a vital to enhance the quality of our lives, getting adequate sleep affects our body’s fat burning potential as well.
In fact, a recent research by Express.co.uk revealed that 74 percent of dieters with a regular sleep routine were able to shift eight pounds.
The study claims that getting anywhere between seven to eight hours of sleep was the best for your waistline.
“When we sleep we burn most of our fat, so if we don’t sleep this can significantly affect weight loss,” explained Pippa Campbell, nutritionist and weight loss coach.
“Interrupted or impaired sleep can cause a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, which can wreak havoc on your weight.”
These three simple but effective changes you can make immediately to help you get deep sleep and burn fat while you’re at it:
“Cherries have been found to contain small amounts of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles,” said Cassandra Barns, a nutritionist.
“Although all cherries may contain some melatonin, tart ‘Montmorency’ cherries in particular have been found in a clinical trial to increase the body’s melatonin levels and increase sleep time,” adds Barns.
No starchy carbs before bed
Starchy carbs and sugars will raise your blood sugar and delay your sleep and drop too low later disallowing you to fall back to sleep.
Pippa noted, “However, if you are suffering with severe stress you may find that a pre-bedtime small protein or carb snack might help around 10 pm. In these instances I advise my clients to eat some almond butter on a small rye or gluten-free cracker.”
Get enough Vitamin B
Eating foods rich in B vitamins, which have many health benefits, for example vitamin B12 encourages healthy levels of melatonin, a hormone that supports healthy sleep.
Tuna, chicken breast and yogurt are all rich in vitamin B.