Friday, July 8, 2011
Three Components of Losing Weight
Everyone talks about diet and exercise and how they go hand in hand for successful weight loss. I agree but I'd add a third partner to the mix: sleep. I've been sleep deprived lately and haven't felt like exercising and haven't been very good on my diet. I was trying to get up early and go running and not being able to get to bed at night. That only worked for awhile until my body said "I need a break". Now I realize that I need to put sleep first in order for the other two to work. If I don't get enough sleep, I won't have energy to exercise and I won't have the discipline to make healthy food choices. My metabolism also slows down and when I do try to exercise, it is harder on my body. I notice that my heart beats harder and I figure that can't be too good for me. So sleep has to be more important to me and I have to fit it in my daily schedule. I found an interesting website on sleeping: http://sleepbetter.org/home/sleep-solutions/ They have a Zzzz score quiz that asks a few questions and provides recommendations on how to get more or better sleep. I've never paid much attention to my sleep quality before, but I'm now seeing some reasons I might want to.