Sleep - The Unsung Hero of Weight Loss!
Posted on February 07 2017
Our body is always burning fat, even when we sleep. It might come as a surprise to some, but we are always in the process of burning some minimum energy, all of the time, even when we sleep. In fact, when we sleep, our body descends into repair mode, and that engages a lot more calorie burning than when we are idle during the day.
Here are our tips for a super effective fat burning sleep…
Dine like a Beggar
Eat as little calories during dinner as you can. Ideally, you should have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and have a bare basic dinner, like a beggar. Avoid heavy meals after 7 PM. That way, whatever excess calories you consumed all throughout the day, will easily be utilized in body repairing, and very little or none will be left to deposit as fat…
Avoid Carbs after 8
Whatever you eat at dinnertime, make sure it has as little carbs as possible. Carbs are sources of instant energy, and that’s the kind of energy you don’t need at night. It’s like cycling with a rocket strapped to your back. We don’t require the explosive burst of energy that carbs are great for, rather, we need slow sustained release of energy.
Get adequate sleep and in total darkness
Studies have shown that adults need at least 8 hours of sleep. Any less and you are harming your body. Inadequate sleep will prevent your body from healing itself, and cause lesser fat burn, leading to deteriorating health over time.
Moreover, sleep in total darkness. Studies have shown that sleeping in total darkness induces far better ratios of deep to light sleep, and you will feel fresher the next morning. Ideally, you should have at least 2-3 hours of deep sleep in an 8 hour sleeping window.
Protein is key
If you prefer working out in the evening, have your protein shake 2 hours before you go to bed. The slow, controlled release of protein energy not only restricts the need for carbs, it also aids in cellular repair and building of muscles.
Try adding some green chillies or jalapeno peppers to your dinner. Pepper promotes digestion, and aides in proper burning of fat overnight. Just ensure you use natural pepper and not the powder.
Do let us know if you followed these tips and got results. We will be glad to hear from you.