Sleep and your weight loss.
I don’t know about you, but sleep has been more elusive this past week. The time change, pollen, and the dreary, rainy weather have definitely affected my sleep. I came across this article on aol.com which talked about a new study showing just one-half hour of sleep deprivation a week can lead to weight gain.
The study didn’t say how long people should sleep each night but the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours a night. If you are one of those who skimp on sleep during the week and try to make it up on the weekend, you may be messing with your metabolism and increasing your likelihood of insulin resistance.
The Ideal Health protocol is a very good plan for reducing insulin resistance, inflammation and biomarkers for increased health problems. Along with drinking your water, taking the recommended supplements, eating your protein and allowed veggies each day, focusing on getting more sleep can definitely help your weight loss and health journey.
If you are not sleeping well, talk to your coach about recommendations or have them consult Dr. Chandler for suggestions.
Recipe: Maple Oatmeal Waffle
1 package maple oatmeal
2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg. If you use the whole count this as 2 oz. of your 8 for the day. The whites don’t have to be counted)
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp vanilla extract (or other extract flavors. This is optional. ¼ tsp is 0,0,0, or a DaVinci SF syrup can be used. Would probably not need any water if using the DaVinci)
Water if needed to make a waffle batter.
Spray waffle iron lightly with grapeseed oil or Pam. Cook waffle until done. It doesn’t take long in my waffle iron.
Can add Walden Farms syrup and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Original article: “Losing 30 minutes of Sleep Per Day May Promote Weight Gain and Adversely Affect Blood Sugar Control.” Source Newsroom: Endocrine Society