Columbia University researchers monitored the eating habits of 26 normal-weight men and women. They found sleep-deprived women eat an average of 329 more calories a day, compared to when they’re well-rested.
Sleepy men eat 263 more calories per day and sleep deprived eaters tend to go for fatty foods with ice cream as the top choice.
It’s easy to think that more exercise and more dieting are the keys to getting lean. However, there is a point of diminishing returns and your body does need to recover. I’ve mentioned cortisol in a few articles, which is triggered by stress and over training, and how this can negatively impact your efforts to lose weight.
Well, guess what, here’s some recent research that shows that when we don’t get enough sleep, we are prone to over eating. One thing to consider as you train, are you getting an adequate amount of rest? For many of us, lack of sleep is a Red Badge of Courage. We show how tough we are by powering through our sleep deprived state. However, this can really hurt our efforts at losing weight and make us more miserable than a toddler that’s just been told they have to finish their broccoli or they don’t get desert.
Also, one thing to keep in mind, if you are doing intense training, like metabolic resistance training, HIIT, intervals, or the like, you are going to need more sleep and recovery.