Now let’s move on to what this chapter is all about, which is how going to bed early and getting up early is going to help you to lose weight!
One of the things that staying up late at night is well know for is the urge to eat late at night. It’s also a well known fact, that if you eat too near to going to bed, the food sits on your stomach for much longer. That not only causes you a restless night’s sleep, but will add to your waistline. That last point is because when you are asleep, your digestive function is similarly at rest and whatever is in your stomach is not getting digested properly. The worst part is that if it contains a lot of sugary calories (as most late night snacks tend to do), then those sugars are not getting converted to energy (because you’re muscles are not demanding any) so it all goes to fat cells for storage. That fat accumulates around your waist if you’re a man and around your hips if you’re a woman.
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So how do you stop yourself eating late at night? Easy!
Going to bed earlier means you’re not up sitting in front of the TV watching all those late ads for tasty snacks and craving them Go to bed early and read a blog. You not only do you waistline a favor by avoiding all those extra late night calories, but you also feed your brain rather than turning it to mush with all that TV!
It doesn’t matter if think you are a night person, or whatever you’ve made yourself believe. Change into a morning person. You can do it, because humans, like many animals (not counting nocturnal ones) are programmed to sleep at night and be awake during the day. This night person nonsense is something invented by the media to keep people sitting in front of late night TV So they can sell you a bunch of garbage you don’t need because that’s when you’re most susceptible to the commercials.
When you go to bed early, meaning before midnight and preferably before 11pm, you’re not going to be thinking about food all night. The bonus to getting up early, as long as you got to bed early, is that you have a head start on your day. It gives you time to have an early morning workout or run or whatever exercise you like to do before breakfast. Then you can eat a relatively big breakfast (as long as it’s healthy and not composed of fried stuff, or sweet pancakes and maple syrup!) and your metabolism will jump start into high gear earlier in the day. That will set you up for a more energetic and weight losing day, rather than a sluggish, weight gaining day had you gone to bed late and got up late.
Remember the old saying: ”Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” is based in fact!