With life being so fast-paced, it’s no wonder why lack of sleep adds to the unwanted weight gain we tend to fuss over while attempting to fit jeans that once fit so well. Lack of sleep is definitely one of those variables one must consider when deciding to get on the intimidating scale. There are many ways to avoid excessive weight gain and sleep is one of them.
The College Student
If we consider the college student, it is not uncommon for one to fall under the category of ‘freshmen fifteen’ which is basically known as the time in a college students life when gaining 10 to 15 pounds in the first year is known to happen. In extreme cases this can occur during the first few semesters. The life of a freshman in college, especially for those living on college grounds, consists of getting to know their surroundings, attempting to keep up their grades and GPA through long hours of study, and keeping up with their social life. All this including the anxiety that comes along with being away from home, some for the first time, adds to the stress of becoming an independent adult. It’s no secret some people tend to stress eat. All the hours of studying and late night snacking equates to an unhealthy amount of weight gain. Countless college students can testify to the fact that ordering late-night pizzas for a study cram isn’t unusual.
Unhealthy Midnight Snacking
The truth about snacking is that it can be healthy and encourage a well rounded nutritional lifestyle. Depending on how busy one’s schedule is, however, unhealthy snack choices are always easier. For those who work various hours and times of the evening, not being prepared can lead to weight gain brought on by those unhealthy snacks. Taking naps during the allotted 10-15 minute breaks rather than snacking from the vending machines is sure to cut some unwanted calories from one’s diet which adds to unwanted weight gain.
The Night Owl
There is something to be said about putting the body at rest. When one sleeps, it gives the body a chance to recuperate and rejuvenate itself. Foods that we’ve already eaten will be digested, and all sorts of wonderful things happen within our body as we sleep, this includes weight loss. When we sleep, we don’t eat. The night owls who tend to be awake all sorts of hours of the night, tend to consume more food for the sake of consumption. We don’t always eat when we’re hungry, and we‘re not always hungry when we eat, this is truer when we stay awake throughout the night. Eating becomes something to do to pass the time rather than something required to live. Very few are grabbing a salad pass midnight or an apple instead of cookies around two in the morning. Being asleep during those times will only aid in keeping one’s weight at a healthier level. So curb that appetite and go to sleep.
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