Sleep, Diet and Exercise; Key to Your Fitness Goals

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May 17, 2010

Sleep, Diet and Exercise; Key to Your Fitness Goals

Summer and swimsuit season are right around the corner! Did you know that a good night’s sleep can help you slim down and maintain an ideal body weight?

Sleep deprivation may inhibit one’s ability to lose weight even while exercising and eating well. It is recommended sleep should be added to proper diet and regular exercise.

There is evidence that people who aren’t getting enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites because they experience a decrease in leptin levels. Leptin is a hormone that regulates appetite. This shows that sleep and obesity are linked.

Although research shows that exercise is good for one’s body and health, properly timing exercise is necessary to maximize benefits. For example, a good workout can make you feel more alert, speed up metabolism, and energize you for the day ahead. However, exercise right before bed can lead to a poor night’s sleep.

If you don’t exercise regularly, add good sleep to a long list of reasons why you should take up the habit.