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9/12/13 10:50 A

Linda,

I am a big believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.

There have been several studies that have connected a poor night's sleep to weight gain. When things are stressful, that's when we need to do our best to take care of our bodies by eating right and trying to get a good night's sleep. I know that's not easy, so you do the best you can.

If you can't sleep through the evening because of the stress, try a cat nap. Do you have any tea ? I find a cup of tea helps me relax in the evening so that I can sleep. And yes, there are days I have problems sleeping. that's why I do my best to make sure I eat right during the day.

If I eat crap, I feel like crap. Thus the need to do your best to try to eat as healthyfully (not perfectly) as possible.

Stress is tough on a person's body. That's why we need our sleep.





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9/12/13 9:53 A

Lack of sleep can absolutely play a role in weight loss. Here is a link that can help you regain better sleeping habits.

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Take advantage of the articles that are listed even if you aren't interested in joining the challenge.

Be well,
Kelly

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9/12/13 8:19 A

Some people believe this to be true, but I personally am not convinced, as I lost all my weight and maintained for years on 5 hours of sleep or less a night for the past 7 years. I haven't always slept very little either, in my unhealthy days I would practically sleep all day, not move at all and was overweight.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,896
9/12/13 8:03 A

Yes, because sleep loss can undermine blood sugar control. Research has suggested that not enough sleep may even cause diabetes...couple that with being overweight and you have a double whammy.

Stress creates the hormone, cortisol and elevated cortisol may promote insulin resistance and with sleep loss the hormone leptin is reduced which is an appetite suppressant.

High blood glucose can wake you up to urinate, while low blood glucose can wake you with hunger. If you find yourself getting up frequently throughout the night it may be time to get checked out. Eat foods with tryptophan which calm the mind and help promote sleep...
cottage cheese, cheese, Hummus, Lentils. Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs, Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter sandwich with sesame seeds

You may even want to try all-air popcorn and low sodium cereal like puffed riced or oatmeal....

BTW if you eat lots of refined carbs at dinner this too will affect sleep.....

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 9/12/2013 (08:09)
DFWMOMOF3GIRLS Posts: 419
9/12/13 8:00 A

I don't know the exact answer to this. I do know that if I don't get enough sleep, I'm lazier with activity and choosing food. I'm trying to find ways to help myself stay rested, including 15 minute naps when I can get them (lunchtime is a good time if you are able).
You recognize the stress eating which is good. Keep encouraged.

LINDAANNB1 Posts: 451
9/12/13 6:59 A

I have been struggling this week trying to eat healthier, move more and learn to get rid of my all or nothing mentality. I am also having a very stressful week for other reasons, probably the reason I am not sleeping well. Is it true that lack of sleep can affect weight loss ?
Overwhelmed with everything right now, trying really hard not to stress eat ...... this is really hard.

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