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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Can You Lose Weight While You Sleep? Yes -- Here's How

Oh if it could only be that easy, to lose weight while you sleep. But experts say you can, by following these 9 simple steps.

How to lose weight while you sleep:
  1. Have a protein shake before bed - Instead of snacking before bed, have a protein shake. Researchers found that men who had a shake with 30 grams of protein before bed slept better, and the more soundly you sleep, the more calories you burn.
  2. Sleep in the dark - According to a recent study, sleeping in complete darkness allows your body to produce the hormone melatonin. Melatonin not only helps you sleep but also helps produce calorie-burning fat.
  3. Keep it cool - Again, this step relates to sleep, which is important to burning fat. A study published in the journal Diabetes reported that people who sleep in rooms of 66 degrees burned more than 7 percent more calories than people who sleep in warmer rooms.
  4. Don't cheat on sleep - Everyone needs 7-8 hours of sleep per night. People who get enough sleep hours burn 20 percent more calories after eating than people who cheat on their sleeping, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  5. No electronics in bed - Electronics like TV, computers and cell phones emit short-wavelength blue light which can interfere with the body’s production of melatonin and disrupt metabolism. Other studies even show that watching too much TV can lower the production of proteins that regulate glucose levels and fatty acid breakdown.
  6. Watch the alcohol - contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not produce a good night's sleep. In fact, it raises your metabolism and keeps you from entering REM, that state of deep sleep that is so important. Stop drinking 3 hours before bed.
  7. Don't eat late - Eating late in the night makes your body store the food in your system as fat instead of fuel. Eating early allows the body to metabolize it.
  8. Exercise - Exercise is excellent for maintaining healthy weight. BUT, make sure you exercise 4 hours before bed time so it doesn't interfere with deep sleep.
  9. Sleep naked - Sleeping naked will make your body burn more calories because it keeps your body cool, and it helps increase the good kind of fat in your body that burns energy.
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