#MBBChallenge Day 13: Get Enough Zzz’s, It Can Help You Lose Weight

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I finally got enough sleep Friday night but woke up at 3 p.m. on Saturday with half the day gone. If only I could flip-flop my sleep time from “vamping hours” to “normal people” hours, it would be great.

Day #13: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Last night, I couldn’t get to sleep at all, no, noooooo! Only a child of the 70’s or 80’s would know that song but it seems to be what’s happening a lot with me lately. I try to go to sleep around 12 or 1 a.m. and end up tossing and turning and worrying about way too many things until around 3 or 4 a.m. Then I have to wake up at 7 a.m. to drive my daughter to school, so I only end up getting a few hours in which is not good for my mood, or, according to studies, my weight loss.

Researchers at Columbia University found that people who get less than seven hours of sleep are heavier, gain more weight over time, and have a harder time losing weight.  Women’s Health Magazine lists six ways sleep can actually help with weight loss. Check ’em out!

#1) It Stops Late-Night Snacking
The longer you’re awake, the more likely you are to consume  extra calories that you don’t need, which can cause you to gain up to two pounds a week, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

#2) It Helps You Burn More Calories
Not only do you have more energy to take on the day after a good night’s sleep, but your body also torches calories, even when you’re not working out.

#3) It Boosts Fat Loss
Even if you eat the exact same diet as your friend, if you’re not getting the sleep your body needs, you won’t drop as much fat as them.

#4) It Helps You Shop for Healthier Food
In a study published in the journal Obesity, sleep-deprived people bought nearly 1,300 calories in food more than those who were well-rested.

#5) It Encourages Portion Control
In a study done in Sweeden, sleep-starved people added 35 additional calories in snacks to their digital “plate” compared to well-rested participants.

#6) It Keeps Your Brain Focused
Lowered inhibitions indicate a tendency to overeat when you’re tired. Sleep-deprived people have an increased activation in the insular cortex  of the brain, which regulates pleasure-seeking behaviors.

Moral of the story? GET SOME REST! Now if only I could take my own advice…..Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Day #13 stats:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with bologna (a weekend treat prepared by the hubs!) and coffee with half & half
  • Lunch: Woke up late….like REALLY late so breakfast was more like lunch.
  • Dinner: More chicken and more salad…..this is getting boring….need to spice it up next week
  • Snack: Sesame seeds and a few almonds
  • Workout: Nothing today
  • Weight: 1×3 – my scale says I lost another 2 pounds but I’m not so sure. I’ll weigh myself at Monday night’s boot camp.
  • Lost 5  pounds
  • 15 to go

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