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How To Lose 14 Pounds In 14 Days
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Chapter 5: Sleep More to Lose More
When you think of weight-loss measures, sleep isn’t usually the first activity that
comes to mind. But sleep is one of the most important things you can do when
you’re trying to lose extra pounds.
Like hydration, adequate sleep benefits the dieter in many ways. First and
foremost, sleep relieves stress. Stress is actually counterproductive to weight
loss. That’s because stress triggers a chemical reaction in our bodies that
actually promotes weight gain.
Think about our ancestors: They had to store body fat to help them survive
through times of famine. Therefore, whenever their bodies were stressed (as in
times of starvation), a hormone called cortisol was released. Cortisol tells our
bodies to save up their fat stores in preparation for hard times ahead.
In modern days, we have more stress than ever before due to job schedules,
family obligations, overcrowding, and financial concerns. We are bombarded with
information and advertisements. Many of us work around the clock to make ends
Add to that a cycle of self-imposed famine in the form of dieting, and it’s no
wonder people are more stressed out – and fatter – than ever.
Sleep soothes the mind and body, gives us a chance to slow down and process
the events of our day, and tells our bodies to replace cortisol production with
endorphin production. Endorphins are feel-good chemicals that relieve stress and
give us a general sense of well-being.
Finally, sleep gives our bodies the opportunity to repair themselves. If you
exercise, and especially if you do strength-training, you might end up with achy
muscles. That’s because exercise and weight-lifting cause microscopic tears
throughout your muscle tissue.
When you sleep, your muscles repair these tears, rebuilding your muscle tissue
stronger than before. This leaves you with more lean muscle mass, which means
you burn more calories all day and all night, even when you sleep.
You can outsmart your body to achieve INCREDIBLE weight loss results while
still eating what you want with “Cheat Your Way Thin”: