Not Losing Weight? Try These 5-Tactics That Deliver
3. Shape Up Your Sleep Routine
Not everyone is aware that lack of sleep can be linked to carrying excess body fat, especially in the midsection. Poor quality or just not enough sleep leads to a disrupted circadian rhythm (your 24-hour internal clock) and changes in hormone levels. These hormonal disruptions can really mess you up for the rest of the day, usually resulting in poor food choices and intense cravings.
One major hormone that gets hit hard is insulin, impacting your body’s ability to properly digest carbohydrates. As you might have guessed, when carbs aren’t dealt with correctly they’re stored as body fat! Another hormone we’re all familiar with is cortisol and how it raises stress and anxiety levels. Lack of sleep results in elevated cortisol levels, making you feel anxious and on edge all day! Not to mention, high cortisol levels make it extremely difficult to build lean muscle.
So how do you go about improving your sleep, where do you even begin? Here are some tips to help get you started;
Avoid bright lights, especially coming from phones, TV and other electronic devices.
Stop the late night snacking - this can junk up your hormones prior to bed, making it hard to get to sleep.
At the beginning try to keep your sleep patterns consistent. Aim to be to bed before 11pm each night.
Having a “wind down” routine. This can include things like; warm bath or shower, possible tea or reading a book that relaxes your mind.