Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Too Many Hours at Work – And Not Enough in Bed
Stress is like kryptonite for your hormones – even just a bit of it can throw them entirely out of whack.
If you remain a stress case for a long time, you could do some major damage to many parts of your body, including your glands.
According to Dr. Scott Isaacs, author of The Leptin Boost Diet and guru of all things hormonal, stress can cause
>Lower estrogen (estradiol) in women
>Lower testosterone in men
>Lower levels of growth hormone
>Higher cortisol levels
>Impaired conversion of thyroid hormone
Every single one of these hormonal changes will slow down your metabolism and cause you to gain weight.
Add them together, and then throw in all the behavioral issues that come with stress – eating on the run, stress snacking, eating at night, not exercising, excess caffeine and/or alcohol, even a stolen cigarette or two – and you’ll see stress is a major source of endocrine disruption.
Perhaps one of the biggest causes and symptoms of the hormonal shutdown from stress is when people start to cut into their hours of quality sleep.
The percentage of young adults sleeping 8-9 hours per night has almost been cut in half in the past 50 years, from 40% in 1960 to 23% in 2002.
During the same time period, the incidence of obesity has almost doubled.
A study done at the University of Chicago found when a group of young men had their sleep restricted just 2 nights in a row, their levels of the satiety hormone leptin dropped almost 20%, and their levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin shot up almost 30% – in short they became ravenous.
Their appetite for sweet foods (like candy, cookies, and ice cream) and starchy foods (like bread and pasta) shot up 33%, and for salty foods (like chips and salted nuts), 45%.
Left to their own devices, these guys would’ve wolfed down almost twice as many carbohydrates as before the study.
Other research from the same institution found when healthy people were deprived of the ability to reach deep, slow-wave sleep – the period in which most of our growth hormone is released – for just 3 days, their ability to process sugar dropped by 23%.
They basically became insulin-resistance in just 72 hours.
On the other hand, if you sleep 10 hours a night, you might face some of the same hormonal risks as those who sleep too little.
A recent Canadian study found people who sleep fewer than 7 hours or more than 9 hours weigh an average of 4 more pounds (and had wider waists) than people who sleep 8 hours every night.
Researchers believe having too much or too little sleep interferes with your ability to control your appetite, because it simultaneously increases hunger hormone ghrelin while it decreases satisfaction hormone leptin.
We need 8 hours of sleep!
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