How Sleep Affects Your Weight

Many factors contribute to weight gain. We want to address three major ones:

  • Quality & quantity of sleep
  • The way you manage stress
  • The way you manage emotions

Not Sleeping Can Make You Fatter

Insufficient sleep can set you up to make bad decisions that can affect your weight. It lowers your frontal lobe’s ability to help you control impulses, make good decisions and act on those decisions.

When you’re tired, your brain starts seeking activities that feel good. They are often impulsive decisions like eating sweets or sucking down an energizing latte.

Because your frontal lobe is impaired, your ability to say no to that latte may be impaired, too.

A lack of sleep will also elevate your cortisol levels. The spike signals to your body that it needs to conserve energy instead of burning fat.

And So Can Stress

A large percentage of insomnia cases are stress-related. Simply put, stress can destroy a healthy sleep pattern.

Stress in itself elevates cortisol levels. When stress leads to sleep deprivation, the sleep deprivation also elevates cortisol. That’s a double whammy that can make you fatter.

Many weight loss formulas contain adaptogenic herbs because they help reduce stress.

We recommend Bacopa Monnieri because it reduces stress and increases concentration, meditation ability, intuition and memory. It can also improve sleep.

These benefits make a great combo that aids sound decisions.

Are Emotions Controlling Your Eating Habits?

Emotional eating is one of the leading causes of weight gain. It is a coping mechanism that many people use as a reaction to stress and negative emotions.

Emotional eating is usually accompanied by cravings for specific high-fat or high-carb foods.

Our new article highlights two things you can do to destroy this bad habit and manage your stress levels. A solid weight management routine begins with a solid emotion management routine.