Weight Loss Tip: Don't forget about the short term in weight loss. While you have these great long term goals, you don't want to forget about the short term goals that get you there. You should have short term goals in place that are going to keep you on the right path to the bigger picture in your weight loss efforts.
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Is it possible to burn fat while sleeping? Yes it is definitely possible to burn fat while you sleep and I have a couple tips that I’d like to give you that will help you burn more fat while sleeping however I don’t want you to think that sleeping is going to be your fat burning solution because sleeping alone will definitely not be a major contributor to the fat loss process
the tips that I provide will help increase the quality of your sleep and in turn will help increase the amount of fat that you burn while you sleep but make no mistake you’re always going to be burning way more fat when you’re awake. When you’re awake your body has to work harder just to keep you awake not even to mention all the other ways you expend energy when your active. Even if you’re just sitting there twiddling ur thumbs you’re burning more calories than when you’re asleep.
With that being said if you get adequate sleep you’ll be sleeping over 50 hours every week and we want to make every one of those hours count towards losing body fat.
the first thing that you could do to ensure you’re burning the maximum amount of calories while you’re sleeping is get enough sleep. the most common recommendation is to get 8 hours of sleep however a lot of people have a tough time doing that. Either because of work or other responsibilities 8 hours of sleep every night of the week is unlikely. Some recommend that it’s even better to get 9 hours of sleep but at minimum I would say you need to get at least 6. Do your best to shoot for the 8 hours of sleep as much as you can. There have been studies done that show when different groups of people are put on a weight loss program and one group gets very little sleep and the other group gets adequate sleep the group that did not get its sleep ended up losing the same exact amount of weight. However lost a lot more muscle mass. which means the group that got its sleep ended up losing more body fat.
This could be attributed to a number of different factors including optimal hormone production from getting enough sleep also better more intense workouts from being well-rested and much better Muscle Recovery leading to increased muscle mass. this means that all the opposite is true from not getting enough sleep your muscles won’t be recovering as much and you could even lose muscle mass
your hormones will be out of whack especially if you’re not getting enough sleep again and again and again. What will happen is that you’re leptin levels will go down and your ghrelin levels will go up which will make you hungrier throughout the day. And the last thing that’ll happen if you don’t get enough sleep is your performance in the gym will suffer which will lead you to burning less fat during your workouts and again building less muscle. So just make sure you’re trying to get an average of 8 hours of sleep per day.
The next thing you can do to burn more fat while you sleep is have a high protein meal with some healthy fats right before bed. A lot of people will get hungry right before bed. Rather than telling you to ignore it and just go to sleep because usually this is easier said than done. My recommendation is to have either a high protein meal or a protein shake preferably made from a slow digesting protein like casein. And you can also combine it with some healthy fats. Not only will this fill up your stomach and take the edge off of your hunger but it will also help you build more muscle while you sleep and boost your metabolism while it digests. The fat will further slow digestion increasing the amount of calories you burn while you sleep. You can do this with fat and protein, but do not have carbohydrates right before bed when trying to burn fat while you sleep. Carbs are used for energy and are preferred by your body over fat, so if you give your body carbs right before bed your body can either use them or store them. But it definitely will not be using your fat stores for energy when given the choice between carbs and fats.
When trying to burn fat, I recommend that you cut out carbohydrates five to six hours before bed. All carbohydrates except for green vegetables. This way your body will be a lot more inclined to break down and use body fat while you sleep rather than carbohydrates coming from your diet.
The last things you can do to burn more fat while sleeping is sleep in total darkness and keep the temperature colder. Sleeping in total darkness has been shown to release the hormone melatonin, which can aid in the production of calorie-burning brown fat.