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Can Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Are you stuck trying to figure out why you’re gaining weight — or why it’s so difficult to lose those extra pounds that just seemed to sneak up on you despite not changing your diet or exercise habits?

This is often referred to as Weight Loss Resistance - and it’s exactly how it sounds: weight that just won’t budge no matter what you do!

Here’s one surprising reason why you might be gaining weight or experiencing weight loss resistance: lack of good quality, restorative sleep.

In fact, there are actually science-backed reasons why a lack of sleep can be a strong contributing factor to not being able to maintaining a healthy weight.

Why Lack of Sleep Causes Weight Gain

If you thought unsightly dark circles under the eyes were the worst outcome from cutting corners on sleep, you may want to think again.

Tired All the Time? 5 Things That Sabotage Your Energy

Tired All the Time? 5 Things That Sabotage Your Energy

Tired All the Time? 5 Things That Sabotage Your Energy

Do you constantly feel exhausted and drained? Do you wake up tired, struggle through the day, and count the hours until you can crawl in bed at night?

I know the feeling VERY well. I struggled with fatigue for years and it was HARD! I lacked focus with my work and the energy to fully enjoy my life. I was just “getting by.”

At the time, I thought what I was feeling was “normal” and just the side effect of being busy. But I eventually learned that I could be busy and STILL have plenty of energy.

YOU can Control Your Energy Levels
Believe it or not, your energy levels are within your control. While you may think you’re destined to live with fatigue forever and that it’s just part of who you are – this is NOT the case.

There are likely some key ways that you’re unknowingly sabotaging your energy. I saw this with myself and I see it with most of my clients.

While in the short term it might be a bit of a bummer to learn, you’re getting in your own way, in the long term, this is great news! It means your problems are fixable, and who doesn’t want to hear that?

Sleepy Time Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Sleepy Time Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Sleepy Time Cherry Smoothie Recipe

This Sleepy Time Cherry Smoothie Recipe is made with tart cherry juice - an ingredient that contains Melatonin, and has been proven to help you sleep better. Plus, it just happens to taste pretty great too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of pure tart cherry juice, unsweetened

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or almond milk

  • ½ banana (frozen adds a bit more texture)

  • 2-3 ice cubes

The Connection Between Exercise, Sleep & Your Weight

The Connection Between Exercise, Sleep & Your Weight

The Connection Between Exercise, Sleep & Your Weight

When it comes to managing your health and your weight, it’s no secret that exercise and sleep are huge factors. 

In my recent 4 part video series- the Four Pillars of Health, we learned about incorporating Healthy Eating, Exercise, Mindset and Sleep, and why they are all important for our health. (Link at the bottom in case you missed this series)

You know that exercise will help you burn off some extra calories and boost your metabolism. But you also know that sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being.

So, is it better to skimp on sleep and get up early to workout?

Or is it better to sleep in and skip the gym for another day?

Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. We need exercise to sleep better but we also need sleep to exercise. And when it comes to weight management, we need both.

So let’s take a closer look at how exercise and sleep affect each other and which one takes the lead when it comes to managing your weight.