Weight loss is a journey that can be accomplished only with a complete lifestyle change. It is important for you to cut down your calorie intake as best as you can and complement that with regular exercise. However, it is as important for you to get a good night’s sleep and complete rest to help you lose belly fat. Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to judge what is right for your body causing you to succumb to fatty and sugary cravings and also make you binge on food.
Moreover, you can also shed weight while you sleep by following these simple bedtime hacks.
Ensure cooler room temperature
You invariably need some good fats in your body, some of which also aid in losing weight. Brown fat, also known as brown adipose tissue, is used to get your body acclimatized to your surroundings. This fat is activated by cold temperature and acts as an internal heating jacket for your body. This activates more brown fat cells and helps you burn fat. Therefore, sleeping cold may actually help you lose a few extra kilos. The more the amount of brown fat in your body, the less is the amount of white fat. White fat, like that around your belly, stores energy we get from food.
Sleep in a dark room
You must sleep in absolute complete darkness to help you lose those extra kilos. For complete darkness, turning off the lights might not be the only thing you need to do. You might want to draw your curtains to blocks lights from your window as well. A dark room helps your body produce melatonin which is a sleep-promoting hormone. Even a slight light exposure can impede the production of melatonin in the body. Melatonin also influences your metabolism and especially helps in converting brown fat to white fat.
Have green tea before bed
Green tea might actually be more sleep-friendly that you think, even though it contains caffeine. Green tea contains a number of compounds that can help you burn fat. Antioxidants like ECGC can help you improve your metabolism. Caffeine, too, helps in stimulating the brown fat in your body. Green tea only contains one-third of the caffeine present in a cup of coffee
Switch off your phone
The moment you have an electronic device in your bedroom, the more distracted you are right before you go to sleep. This means you sleep less. The less you sleep the more the body tries to make up for it by overeating. Reduced energy also means you are not as active throughout the day which impacts the amount of physical activity you get. Also, blue light that is emitted from phones may hamper melatonin production in the body. It might be best to keep your phones away when you sleep if you want to shed that extra weight.
Even if you think otherwise, you are burning calories as you sleep. your body burns more calories when you are in deep sleep. Thus, the longer you sleep soundly, the more calories you burn. This is because your brain is most active during REM sleep or deep sleep. The brain uses energy and thus your body continues to produce glucose to fuel your brain.