SLEEP IT OFF TO SHED MORE FAT!! - Brisbane Personal Trainers
Maybe you're finding, the best exercises to help boost your metabolism, the best workout designs that promise to add more muscle definition, and the best times to be eating if you hope to maximize the amount of fat you burn throughout the day. There's no question about it, what you eat and how you exercise are two significant contributors to the overall success rate you see. But after that, it's important to not to overlook some other contributing factors that can sway the type of progress you experience.
One specific component that very often gets overlooked is sleep. No one ever thinks of sleep being a factor in success since after all - you are barely conscious while you sleep. How much damage could you really do to your progress by not sleeping? The answer is that it's not just sleeping, it's the quality and quantity of sleep you get. Let's dig a bit further so you can see the profound connection sleep has with your fat burning.
In the course of a 24-hour time period your prime fat burning opportunity is at night while you are sleeping but only if you allow it to happen. Of course you burn extra calories when you exercise or when you are physically active, but in terms of your basal metabolism of fat, night time rules!
Following a meal you tend to burn calories for energy mostly from sugar (60% glucose/ 40% fatty acids). After three or four hours you will start burning higher amounts of fat, which is why it is important to go 5-6 hours between meals, as the Leptin Diet recommends. Doing so helps clean fat blobs out of your circulation during the day, so that leptin can enter your brain better at night and help you sleep properly.
Once you are sleeping, around 7-8 hours after your last meal, if your liver is working right, you will now burn 60% of your calories from fatty acids and 40% from glucose. This is your prime fat burning time, and the easiest way to create it is by following the Leptin Diet and by doing regular aerobic exercise which also helps clear fat blobs out of your circulation by using them for fuel.
Strength training, done at any time of the day, can also enhance this night time result. This is because the need to repair your muscles from the workout helps maximize the release of a growth hormone during sleep, which increases muscle metabolism of calories. If you are doing the Leptin Diet properly, then those extra calories will come mostly from stored fat.
Various nutrients taken before bed may enhance calorie burning as well as the overall repair response, as desired. While this type of nutrition is not considered as a primary weight management strategy, it may help out a little bit. The main thing to notice is that you wake up feeling like you slept better, meaning that your muscles feel great and the sleep was more rejuvenating in nature. Nutrients do not replace the importance of exercise, but often enhance your recovery from exercise.
So to sum it all up if you are getting sufficient amounts of sleep at night your body doesn’t work to its full potential and craves sugar and bad foods to fuel it which in turn leads to weight gain. So make sure sleep is part of your New Years resolution in addition to a good exercise regime and a balanced nutritional diet.
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Melissa O' Shaugnessy founder and owner of Fit Healthy You Fitness. I want to help people understand fitness and nutrition by keeping it simple stop all the confusion.