Best Way to Lose Weight is to Do Nothing!
How about if I told you the best way to lose weight and burn more calories was to do nothing? Yep, thats right, to do absolutely nothing...except sleep!
Studies show that for optimum health we should get a solid 7 to 8 hours a sleep a night. Anything less and our hormones become imbalanced, our stress hormone cortisol is increased and our appetite is increased. Being tired and stressed we make poor food choices, on top of an already increased appetite that has been put into overdrive. Other affects include water retention and the promotion of inflammation, which creates a host of health challenges and inhibits our bodies ability to recover, restore energy levels and rebuild muscle.
In a nutshell, lack of sleep negates all those healthy choices you made with your nutrition and fitness.
So how do I get this solid 7-8 hours of sleep. First, eliminate distractions, an hour before bed time eliminate watching TV and checking your social media, instead read or write in your journal. Shut off the electronics, let your mind relax. Eliminate caffeine after mid-day, no exercise right before bed and eliminate large meals in the evening. Also limit your evening water intake to prevent having to wake up during the night for bathroom breaks.
Many have success also with supplementing with melatonin and magnesium 30 minutes before bed. Melatonin is naturally produced by your body to aid in sleep, yet as we get older that production is reduced, thus the need to supplement. The magnesium is soothing and aids in recovery. Non-caffeinated teas, such a chamomile are also very soothing and relaxing before bed.
So, looking to take your fitness to the next level, then you need to first take it down a notch or two, and get out there and do absolutely nothing...except grab some ZZZZs!
Good Night :)