Is your sleep too good?
Are you sick of waking up each morning too well-rested?
I haven't heard that too often over the past 26-years.
In fact, it's usually the opposite.
"Dr. Derek, I feel chronically tired. I feel run down. I feel like I'm not getting restful sleep."
And so on....
You may have heard that good sleep can improve body composition and help people lose weight.
And the natural conclusion is:
That sounds understandable. If I’m sleeping I’m not eating.
While that is true, the answer is even better than that.
Metabolism - to burn more calories
Decision making and willpower - to make better nutritional choices
Decreases cravings - optimal hormone levels to decrease the risk of craving poor choices
I want to just focus on Metabolism - the amount of calories burn per day.
And also how you can increase it, at any age.
But first, let's take a look at Sleep Stages.
This is generally described as:
All of this will lead to more time spent per night in Deep Sleep.
Once an adult is in their 40s and 50s, Deep Sleep can naturally decrease by 200 to 300% according to the NIH.
This is bad for many reasons.
Growth hormone is necessary for:
Is the speed or rate at which a person used food for fuel.
During a consultation, many people say to me:
I feel like I am just not burning as many calories as I did when I was younger. I just look at a piece of cake and I gain weight.
As we age, we naturally lose (atrophy) muscle.
However, muscle tissue is the place where calories are burned.
In fact, it is estimated that one pound of muscle = burns between 35-50 calories per day.
Most people who come to see me for help are between the ages of 45 to 75.
And most of them want to lose weight, drop body fat, decrease or eliminate meds and improve the quality of their lives.
But they are frustrated and confused.
They probably are eating better than they ever have in their lives and many of them are exercising as well.
However, they are not burning as many calories per hour, day or week as they had when they were younger because of muscle atrophy.
You can see from the graph below that there is at least a 30-percent natural drop-off in muscle tissue by age 50.
This will yield a considerably slower metabolism over time.
This term is also called Creeping Obesity.
The loss of muscle tissue (Sarcopenia) that happens with age is accompanied by a decrease in metabolism and an increase in body fat.
There is good news.
It is possible to improve muscle tissue, hence metabolism with the right kind of exercise training.
Strength training is weight training that can be done using: dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands, kettlebells, bodyweight, resistance machines, and more.
Strength training is the best way to improve decreasing muscle tissue and the benefits for most people can be seen in frequency as little as three workouts per week with the right kind of program according to the NIH.
As you can see from the graph below, with a consistent lifestyle-based resistance training exercise, muscle tissue is 20-percent higher in individuals who exercise throughout their entire life.
Furthermore, this increased muscle will = more metabolism = more calories burned = more weight/fat loss.
Now, back to sleep.
When individuals of any age exercise with weight training, the body naturally places you in a deeper level of sleep in order to repair.
This increased time of deep sleep will yield more growth hormone GH release.
In addition to all the benefits of GH mentioned earlier, it also will help you improve your metabolism according to the NIH.
Furthermore, studies are finding that lack of consistent sleep, which is usually the result of:
This type of lifestyle will also increase body fat as well as other health-related issues.
Exercise by itself is not enough.
The right diet and right sleep are also needed to pull this off otherwise you'll still have issues improving your metabolism and dropping fat.
Here's what I recommend for most people for a faster metabolism, less body fat, weight loss, and improved health:
The Right Exercise
The Right Diet
The Right Protein Supplement
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