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  • Writer's pictureTracey Walker

Sleep Yourself Slim

It is now known that a good nights sleep is essential for fat loss.

Apparently cave guys and cave girls slept pretty well without artificial lights and Wifi.

Today's modern lifestyle means we are getting fewer and fewer precious hours of sleep a night.

You might ask why it is so important, surely with so much to do we can get by with a few hours a night.

After all Arnold Schwarzenegger said:

"I’ve always figured out that there 24 hours a day. You sleep six hours and have 18 hours left. Now, I know there are some of you out there that say well, wait a minute, I sleep eight hours or nine hours. Well, then, just sleep faster, I would recommend"

If only it were as easy as connecting your Mac to your super fast apple charger and bing, all updated and ready to go.

Sadly no, we are still cave dwellers at heart and sleep is essential for care and repair.

Long term sleep loss leads to hormone and metabolism disruption which in turn can contribute to excess bodyfat stores.

Researchers Jean-Philippe Chaput, PhD and Angelo Tremblay, PhD (2012) found increasing evidence supports the role of insufficient sleep in contributing to obesity. They state that lack of sleep may compromise the effectiveness of general weight-loss methods.

In other words you can exercise right and follow a good nutrition plan, but have poor quality sleep, which counteracts all your good efforts for fatloss.

The Canadian Obesity Network have recently endorsed, addressing sleep for weight management.

From the growing body of evidence were can safely assume for a fat-loss program to be effective sleep must be factored in to the equation.


Chaput, J.-P. and A. Tremblay. "Adequate Sleep To Improve The Treatment Of Obesity". Canadian Medical Association Journal 184.18 (2012): 1975-1976. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

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