yourself thin and healthy
it comes to losing body fat most people are obsessed with the calories
they consume versus the calories they have burnt. Sadly it is not
that easy, if it were the obesity rate would be significantly lower.
I have said numerous times throughout this site the way to lose
weight is to increase the health of the body. To do this you must
provide the cells with the right
nutrients and stimulus, e.g. exercise.
important to this is allowing your body the chance to rebuild the
tissues with the nutrients you have provided. The majority of this
is done while asleep.
sleeping your body goes through a cycle of hormonal secretion which
facilitates muscle and tissue rebuilding. These healthier tissues
will allow you to lose fat, increase health or build muscle.
How much and when?
exact amounts of sleep for each person can vary. The general recommendations
of 8 hours per night are a good estimate to start. The most important
element is the time you get to sleep. The body has a natural internal
clock. At around 10.30 the body is primed to start releasing anabolic
hormones. These will help to rebuild tissues and increase the health
of your body.
the anabolic hormones can and will only be released if the body
is in a state of rest and asleep. Therefore staying awake later
than 10.30 is reducing the time that the body has to release these
vital chemicals. At around 2 am the body has finished releasing
these chemicals as part of the natural daily cycle. So it’s
crucial you are asleep early to maximize this window of opportunity.
amount of sleep is linked also to the quality. The following tips
can help you to greatly increase the quality of your resting hours.
Turn all lights off in the room – The room
should be as pitch black as possible so turn off the clocks, stand
by buttons and ensure the window is fully blacked out
• Turn off all electric devices – Ensure
the room is free from electro magnetic radiation. This can be done
by switching the plugs off in every part of the room.
• Avoid stimulation pre bedtime. - Avoid
chemical stimulants such as caffeine. Avoid getting the mind worked
up by watching TV or even reading. Do not exercise within a few
hours of bedtime as this stimulates the body and mind further.
• Use EFT to quiet the mind - If thoughts
are occupying your psyche and thus preventing sound sleep EFT
is an excellent technique for calming your thoughts. Meditation
can also be used pre bedtime to further enhance the quality of sleep
the above guidelines should increase the quality of sleep to allow
this vital component to support your health. This is one of many
aspects covered in my