One of the seven strategies to lose fat is getting 8 hours of sleep every day. However, people with shift work or chronic sleep loss may find that hard to do. Moreover, for others it may be an occasional instance when a good night of sleep was not possible. Most noteworthy, a new study reported how chronic sleep loss impairs metabolism and adversely effects body composition. The study published in the August 2018 issue of Science Advances found adipose tissue attempting to increase its capacity to store fat following sleep loss. Also, the study reported a breakdown of skeletal muscle proteins in the skeletal muscles, resulting in loss of lean mass. Most of all, these observations explain why sleep loss can increase risk of adverse weight gain and fat. However diet and exercise can be used to counteract these adverse metabolic effects of sleep loss.
Also, studies have shown that going to bed and waking up at the same time also helps maintain metabolic health. And those who didn’t or couldn’t had higher blood sugar and weight gain.
In addition to good sleeping patterns, the infographic illustrates other strategies to fight fat. These include regularly eating healthy food, getting sufficient aerobic exercise, and strength training. Also, it’s necessary to stay relatively stress free, avoid smoking and limiting alcohol intake. Finally, perseverance is needed to lose fat (including belly fat).