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Studies show strong link between sleep and weight loss. So sleep more, lose weight!

Sleep is one of my most favorite past-times and one that I don’t indulge in as much as I want, and I’m certainly not alone in this, but maybe it’s time to take another crack at prioritizing “proper” sleep as a way to shed a few unwanted pounds.

I know you are thinking of the of the obvious reasons that a good night’s sleep can potentially help you lose weight. No sleep leads to no energy, which leads to no workout, which leads to the doldrums and a king sized Snickers bar, so let’s all get enough rest, right? Why this may be true, there are other biochemical reasons.

Getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep is what most people need in order to rejuvenate. And while swigging down a triple latte and donut may artificially give you a boost of energy, your body isn’t fooled. When you don’t get enough sleep, there are three very important reactions that occur.

  1. The first is that your body makes too much of the hormone ghrelin. Ghrelin’s job is to let our brain know when it is time to eat. This is a good hormone to have when everything is functionally properly. However, lack of sleep triggers the production of more ghrelin, resulting in more cravings.
  1. While inadequate sleep increases ghrelin on the one hand, it also has the consequence of decreasing the hormone leptin on the other. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain when you’ve had enough. When leptin levels are low, your brain doesn’t get the message.
  1. Although the combination of too much ghrelin and too little leptin can have an undesirable effect on our waistline, this is compounded by a third hormone imbalance, cortisol. Too little sleep triggers higher levels of this stress hormone and signals your body to conserve energy. Basically, your body goes into survival mode and holds on to stored fat to be used for energy later.

Researchers found that when dieters cut back on sleep over a 14-day period, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped by 55%, even though they ate the same amount of calories. They felt hungrier and less full after meals, and they had very little energy.

According to University of Chicago researchers, lack of sleep makes you “metabolically groggy,”. Within just 4 days of insufficient sleep, your body’s ability to process insulin, a hormone needed to change sugar, starches, and other food into energy, goes down drastically. Insulin sensitivity went down by more than 30% which is very bad news. When your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, your body has trouble processing fats from your bloodstream, so it ends up storing them as fat.

So if you change to getting enough sleep, your body can get better control of the metabolism and you can lose weight more effectively.

If you are like me, you WANT to sleep more, but there are a million-and-one reasons why you don’t. Some of us bring our work home with us and work late into the night. Some of us are busy parents and just don’t get everything done until the kids are off to bed. Some of us just plain ol’ have trouble sleeping. Check out our article 13 tips for better sleep naturally to give you a kick start in the right direction. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort.

Your belly will thank you for it :-).

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Can This Body Wrap Make You Slim and Sassy?

Body wraps are all the rage right now, and according to many wrap enthusiasts, is a perfect way to tighten up that tummy for a special occasion. Apparently, the results don’t last forever, but still it’s not a bad deal when you need a quick fix. However, it is important to keep in mind that wraps should in no way replace good nutrition and exercise.

I haven’t tried any wrap method yet, but I am willing to give this one a go. There are different kinds of wraps out there, but the Slim and Sassy Body Wrap Detox Body Wrap uses certified pure essential oils and seems like a good one. The oils can penetrate the skin to support the body and aid in detox.

So, if you want to try the Slim and Sassy Body Wrap Detox Body Wrap with me*, read on.

What to get:

  • 40 drops Slim & Sassy essential oil blend (Metabolic essential oil blend?)**
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops Wintergreen essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 4 oz. of fractionated coconut oil
  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  • Over large cotton muslin or t-shirt (pure cotton, best washed in organic detergent. You might need 2 t-shirts if doing multiple areas)
  • Plastic wrap

What to do:

  • Add the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil to the spray bottle and set aside
  • Take measurements of your target areas (tummy, butt, thighs, upper arms)
  • Prepare the muslin or Cut the t-shirt across the chest, right under the arms and along the side, then cut into strips large enough to wrap around your target areas
  • Spray the Slim & Sassy Wrap Detox Body Wrap Solution directly onto your target areas
  • Wrap first with the cotton strips and then wrap the plastic wrap tightly (but not uncomfortably) around the cotton strips 3-5 times
  • Leave the wrap on for at least 2 hours. I’ve heard of some people sleeping through the night with the wrap, but it may be messy and uncomfortable
  • Make sure that you drink more water than normal during and after the wrap session. Oils break up toxins in your body and water flushes your system. Extra detox bonus if you add a few drops of certified pure lemon essential oil in the water
  • Remove the wrap and take your measurements again

I’ve heard that you should limit your wraps to once a week, but that you can rub the solution on your target areas everyday.

Citrus oils dissolve plastics so make sure you use the muslin/t-shirt before the plastic wrap. You don’t want the petrochemicals from the plastic to enter your body.

I am looking forward to trying this on my tummy. I will give it a month, wrapping once a week and rubbing the solution on everyday. Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you are going to try this yourself, let me know what you did and how it worked. Happy wrapping!

 

*If you have health concerns be sure to consult your health practitioner. This wrap is not for breastfeeding mothers as peppermint can lower milk supply.

**It is important to use 100% pure essential oils! I can only vouch for one oil company. Click here and look under 8 to see how important quality is and to find out what I recommend.

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Eat Late and Lose Weight

4 foods for late-night eating that can help you lose fat

Quick question for those of you who work out, but still can’t seem to drop a few pounds: Do you ever eat late at night?

It is pretty widely accepted that this is a no-no for weight loss, but if you answered yes, don’t worry. I may have a solution for all that night-time eating.

Although it is generally accepted, is eating right before bed a bad thing if you want to lose weight? Well, yes and no. Why it is generally not a good idea to eat certain foods before hitting the pillow, there are foods that are not only OK, but they can actually help you lose fat!

What foods should you steer away from if you want to lose weight? The answer is foods laden with bad carbs. The main reason for this is that fast burning carbohydrates increase your insulin. Too much blood sugar and insulin can lead to more fat storage and less fat burning.

So, what’s the alternative? Good quality, slow digesting proteins. In a nutshell, they provide your body with amino acids that help you recover from that exercise class you took after work and maintain lean muscle as you lose fat in addition to boost your body’s metabolism (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008)

According a study published in “The British Journal of Nutrition” in 2014 eating 30 grams of whey or casein protein 30 minutes before sleep causes a higher resting energy expenditure the next morning.

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Eating protein before bed not only boosts your body’s metabolism while you sleep, it may also increase your metabolism into the next morning.

Try these alternatives:

  1. White Animal Meat (not fish) – White meat protein sources such as chicken and turkey digest slowly and have a very low insulin release. They also promote the release of glucagon, a hormone that helps the body break down stored carbs and fat.
  2. Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and also stimulates glucagon release. Just make sure you steer away from the flavored varieties that contain added sugars.
  3. Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake – In addition to the above benefits, this alternative can certainly satisfy any sweet craving you may have.
  4. Green Veggies – Ok, these are not on the high protein list, but they are very low in calories and high in fiber. You can eat these until the cows come home (or until you are comfortably full).

Next time you are feeling peckish at night, you can try these alternative late night foods to both satisfy your hunger and lose weight.

Sugar is Killing Us: a simple video for kids (and adults)

Many have seen, read, or heard about Dr. Robert Lustig’s “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”. It has a no nonsense look at how sugar really affects the body. I remember watching the YouTube video and thinking – Wow! We really need to focus on this in our family!

Of course, when I tried to reiterate what I had learned to my kids, my explanations were sorely lacking. Not being able to remember how Dr. Lustig put things, it came out as – listen up kiddos,  uh…pancreas…HFCS…toxic…diabetes…sugar…BAD!

For all you parents and laymen like me, there is a video that gives us the basics of how sugar affects our bodies, with simple words and cartoons to boot. Enjoy and be well!

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