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The Sleep Diet

Expect to lose up to 15 pounds with a good night's rest

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Learn more about The Sleep Diet in our interview with author Dr. Michael Breus.

Would you believe it if we told you that just by sleeping you could lose up to 15 pounds in 10 weeks? Well, you can. Dr. Michael Breus explains in his book Beauty Sleep how getting at least 7.5 hours of quality sleep each night enables the body to produce the right hormones and allow your body to lose weight naturally.

When you sleep for at least 7.5 hours each night, your body is able to properly complete its five 90-minute sleep cycles, and has time to produce adequate amounts of gherlin, the hormone that tells you to eat, and leptin, the hormone that tells you to stop eating.

You stand to gain more than just fewer inches on your waist with a good night of sleep, Dr. Breus says you'll experience more energy, feel more productive, and enjoy numerous health benefits ranging from better circulation to lower blood pressure and reduced risk of disease.

PRO
  • Lose weight without significant diet or exercise changes
  • Author is a respected expert in the field
  • 28-day sleep bootcamp helps you reset your sleep habits
  • Sleeping 7.5 hours per night has vast health and weight benefits
CON
  • Limits caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Weight loss not guaranteed
DIET and NUTRITION

In a study Dr. Breus completed with Glamour Magazine, a group of women were asked to change nothing about their diet and exercise habits, but to get 7.5 hours of sleep each night. After ten weeks the women had lost anywhere from three to 15 pounds, astonishing everyone involved in the study.

While changing your diet isn't necessarily required for weight loss, the overall benefits of combining a healthy diet with better sleep habits are innumerable. In the book, Breus introduces a healthy eating plan.

Dr. Breus does limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume. His recommendation is to cease caffeine consumption after 2:30 p.m. and limit alcoholic beverages to only one or two at dinner.

You should allow plenty of time for digestion between dinner and bedtime. Breus says our bodies were not made to digest while lying down, and going to bed with food on your stomach, especially spicy foods, can disrupt sleep and dreams and increase your risk of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux).

EXERCISE

While the women who participated in the Glamour study were encouraged not to change their exercise habits, Breus does say that a regular exercise regimen can only help your sleep and weight loss efforts.

CONCLUSION

There is a lot more to beauty sleep that just having a fresh-looking face in the morning. Dr. Michael Breus, a respected authority on sleep health, explains in his book "Beauty Sleep" how it is possible to lose weight and better your overall health by getting a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep each night.

The book walks you through a 28-day bootcamp to makeover your sleep habits, create a sounder sleep environment in your bedroom, and incorporate better diet and exercise habits for a wholly beneficial lifestyle change.

Common Misspellings

Sleep Diet, Beauty Sleep, Beauty Sleep Diet, Sleeping Diet, The Sleep Doctor


Related Diets: Sleep Away, Acid Reflux Diet, DASH Diet


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