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Are you sabotaging your body progress? When you’ve put in the time and effort but aren’t seeing results, it usually means that another lifestyle habit is denying your progress.
Not only is a lack of sleep associated with weight gain, but your body relies on sleep to recover from the day’s activities. Without an adequate amount of sleep needed, you can’t produce the growth hormone that helps you build muscle and restores your energy. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night in order to reach your body goals.
According to professor Satchin Panda, a leading expert in circadian rhythms research, our body’s internal clock has a schedule for when we burn fat when our organs cleanse themselves, and when repair work is done. Professor Panda recommends allowing yourself an 8 to 10-hour eating window every day, which allows your body 14 hours to cleanse itself at night.
Probably the most disappointing news is that too much exercise can do more harm than good. It can cause your body to release cortisol – a stress hormone, which could then raise your blood sugar levels, triggering a fat-storing hormone called insulin.
Just as sleep helps our bodies recover and restore energy, relaxation reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body and offers a rejuvenating sense of calm.
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