SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT LOSS MAINTENANCE
It is well known that diet, exercise, hormones, stress and of course genetics have an impact on our weight. There is also some significant evidence that sleep can play a role as well. I ask all of my HCG Diet patients to commit to working on sleep patterns during their weight loss program.
In my own life and medical practice, I have begun to emphasize the requirement of sleep. Of course, some people need more than others. I feel that a solid 7-9 hours is adequate for most people.
SLEEP AND THE ADRENAL GLANDS
Sleep helps our adrenal glands to stay optimized. Our adrenal glands help to modulate how we react emotionally to our environment. The adrenal glands are the ones that produce stress hormones in the body. Stress hormones are known to cause weight gain, especially in the belly!Emotional distress and fatigue often lead to poor dietary habits and a lack of exercise! Stress also leads people to desire caffeine and alcohol and also causes water retention in our bodies.
Good Sleep Patterns and Weight Management
The latest literature has been showing a significant correlation between healthy sleep patterns and maintaining weight loss. Other studies, show a correlation with short sleep duration and obesity.