We all know that the Internet is full of methods that promise weight loss, but it’s impossible to follow them all, especially since many of them contradict each other. In most cases, these methods fail, but the truth is that a simple piece of advice can have a major impact on a diet: avoid suffering from a lack of sleep.
Believe it or not, if you don’t get enough rest, a couple of hormones from your body can work improperly.
Too much cortisol (the stress hormone) can affect the adrenal glands, thus hindering the body’s ability to digest and metabolize food efficiently. Also, it can lead to higher levels of blood sugar, slowing the speed at which your body burns calories, therefore making it to store more fat, especially on your waist.
Keeping it short, the stress hormone urges your body to store fat for the future, and, surprisingly or not, this hormone is determined by the lack of sleep.
The lack of sleep also increases the amount of ghrelin in your body. The higher the level, the more hungry you feel. This triggers the craving for sugar, carbohydrates and caffeine.
If you don’t get enough rest, you will develop a hunger sensation doubled by the lack of satiety, a situation in which you cannot win. And if you ask us, this is nothing but bad news, especially for those who want to lose weight.
Fat burning hormones
When it comes to fat burning, your body has two states: storage and burning. High levels of glucagon, a hormone essential for burning, are related to the time spent by your body in the fat burning state. Without a sufficient amount of sleep, these levels will decrease and it will be very hard to lose weight.
You will feel tired and you will also look tired. When dealing with a lack of sleep, your body will feel stressed and release cortisol. A high quantity will break down the collagen protein, resulting in more wrinkles on your skin.