Steps to Help Maintain the Belly-Fat-Fighting Lifestyle
Get an adequate amount of sleep.
The last thing you may think about when trying to lose weight is sleep, but it’s actually a huge piece of the weight loss puzzle! Many studies have linked the amount and quality of sleep with appetite regulation and metabolism.
Ghrelin and leptin are two hormones that regulate appetite in your body. Ghrelin is produced in the intestinal tract and helps stimulate appetite. Leptin, which is produced in your fat cells, tells your brain when you’ve eaten enough and are satisfied.
Lack of sleep leads to a decrease in leptin production, leaving you feeling less satisfied after eating. Even worse, too little sleep can trigger a rise in ghrelin, making you want to eat more. This combination is a recipe for weight gain. In fact, this sleep connection is so powerful, one study out of Stanford found a direct correlation with body weight and sleep. This study showed that those who slept the least weighed the most.