Sleep Deprivation Affects Weight Loss

Do you struggle to get regular sleep?  If you aren’t getting regular sleep it will interfere with your weight loss goal.  I recommend 8 hours per night.  I know this seems unrealistic and I can’t even accomplish this myself…but my weight is OK. According to the CDC, 30% of Americans who are 30-64 years of age sleep less than 6 hours per night.

Research is showing that long term sleep loss is related to an increase in obesity and diabetes.

This research is even showing that partial sleep deprivation can manipulate key hormones that impact weight loss and weight gain.  Lack of sleep can also affect insulin sensitivity, your appetite control and the amount of energy you expend when at rest.  When these key hormones are affected it can predispose you to weight gain and obesity by causing insulin resistance.   

Sleep loss may also increase your appetite and entice cravings for high carbohydrates food along with creating insulin resistance.   

Some research has shown that 1 sleepless night may increase your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that directly influences blood sugar levels and is associated with an increase in obesity and specifically belly fat.  Your healthy weight loss comes to a stop when cortisol levels are elevated.    

Cortisol levels that are too high is detrimental because it breaks down muscle protein, which then contributes to elevated blood glucose levels.   This can lower your metabolism because of the muscle loss.  

If you suffer from lack of sleep and poor eating habits make sure you have some UltraMeal Protein powder or the UltraMeal Bars on hand so that you can quickly make a healthy shake instead of choosing a high calorie unhealthy food.  Don’t let your healthy weight loss be ruined by making unhealthy food choices.


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