When you think about weight loss, hitting the gym usually comes to mind. But for many people there is just not enough time in the day. Between work, taking care of the kids, and spending time with your loved ones, your schedule is jam-packed. You’re obviously exhausted and you just don’t have the time to get there.
One of the most common reasons people skip the gym is lack of sleep. The last thing you want to do when your body is drained of energy is go to the gym. But the truth is that not getting enough sleep is hurting more than your motivation — you may be suffering from sleep deprivation.
“Sleep deprivation slows your metabolism and causes a spike in cortisol. This makes your body cling onto fat and messes with the production of hormones that keep unhealthy food cravings/overeating under control,” says Jessica Rosen, certified holistic health coach and creator of Raw Generation. “Sleep deficiency lowers your inhibitions and increases pleasure-seeking impulses. That means it’s harder to resist junk food!”
Eating healthy is essential to weight loss, whether you go to the gym frequently or not. “Your body is designed biologically to require fresh fruits & vegetables daily. Regardless of how many calories you consume, if your body lacks adequate nutrients, it will behave like there is a famine,” Rosen explains. “In famine mode, your metabolism slows down and your body stores up fat.” She says you should, “count your fruit and vegetable servings instead of calories or grams of fat. Consume a diverse variety of RAW fruits and vegetables daily, especially greens like kale, spinach, collards, wheatgrass and Swiss chard.”
You may also want to consider replacing some of the foods you eat. For instance, replace things like pasta with zucchini pasta, and swap dairy milk and products with plant-based substitutes made with ingredients like coconut, hemp, or almond, Rosen says.