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Apr 29

Want to lose weight? Make sure you are following this hack – The Indian Express

While we may be doing everything right in our weight loss journey, right from diet to exercise, an important component of this pyramid is sleep. Adequate sleep also aids in weight loss, stressed nutritionist Lovneet Batra.

Sleep is like nutrition for the brain. If youre trying to lose weight, the amount of sleep you get maybe just as important as your diet and exercise. So, if your goal is to lose fat, skipping sleep is like poking sticks in your bicycle wheels, she said in a post on Instagram.

Why is inadequate sleep bad for ones health?

*Causes impact on cortisol levels. Insufficient sleep can cause the release of additional cortisolthe stress hormoneand can stimulate hunger.

*Interferes with the bodys ability to metabolise carbohydrates and causes high blood levels of glucose, which leads to higher insulin levels and greater body-fat storage. Insulin sensitivitydrops by more than 30 per cent.

*Drives down leptin levels, which causes the body to crave carbohydrates.

*Reduces levels of growth hormonea protein that helps regulate the bodys proportions of fat and muscle.

Lack of sleep is linked to poorer food choices, increased hunger and calorie intake, decreased physical activity, and ultimately, weight gain, she said.

Weight loss action plan

Getting at least seven hours of sleep consistently is important for weight management and your overall health, she advised.

Tips for sleep quality

*Fix your sleep schedule*Avoid blue light one hour before bedtime*Use relation techniques (meditation/reading book/journaling/have a cup of chamomile tea)

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