When I read articles like this, I find myself saying….”come on, come on….you’re almost there…..”
Yes, I agree that sleep deprivation WILL contribute to weight gain. But…honestly…the researchers are looking in the wrong direction when they are looking to sleep deprivation and a decreased metabolic rate!!!
As we MM’s know, there are 4 factors that make up our base metabolic rate: gender, age, height, weight. We can’t change 3 of the 4 factors involved in our base metabolic rate….gender, age, height. And oddly, the MORE we weigh, the HIGHER our metabolic rate!!! With that said…the one thing we can do to increase our metabolic rate is to increase physical activity, build more muscle, and “burn” more calories on a daily basis by virtue of having more active, alive tissue.
So….looking to metabolic rate is the wrong direction. Why do I feel sleep deprivation leads to increased weight? Sleep deprivation is a stress to our body. The body requires X number of hours/day to rest, rebuild, regroup, rejuvenate. If we cut into those necessary “down time” hours….our stress level increases. High stress = increased stress hormones. Increased stress hormones = increased blood sugar. Increased blood sugar = increased insulin release. Increased insulin release = increased FAT “on” and “in” the body. It is that simple!
It’s time for the scientific community to really get the whole picture picture. This article touches on the link between less sleep and higher morning blood sugar and “hormonal” imbalance. It also links sleep deprivation to obesity and diabetes. Say it!! Say it!!! Sleep deprivation is stress that causes those with Met B to over-release insulin and gain weight. This is the case for hundreds of millions of people in this country, alone…not to mention around the world!
SLEEP LOSS TARGETS THE MILLIONS WITH UNCONTROLLED MET B AND CAUSES INCREASED WEIGHT GAIN, INSULIN IMBALANCE, AND FAT GAIN BOTH ON THE BODY AND INSIDE THE BLOOD!