Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I'm reading a new book. . . Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon.  So far its a good read.  ($1.99 e-book at Amazon)  It was a book recommended by the director of Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont.  It talks about all the factors that play into your weight.  It's not as simple as eat less calories than you burn.  Here is a bit I found fascinating about sleep.
"Have you ever had a restless night followed by a day when no matter what you ate you never felt full or satisfied?  If so, you probably experienced the working of leptin and ghrelin.  Insufficient sleep drives leptin levels down, which means you don't feel as satisfied after you eat.  Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, stimulating your appetite so you want more food."
So its a double whammy.  You don't feel satisfied and your appetite is revved up.  So get lots of sleep!  It also mentioned that with a lack of sleep your desire for high-carbohydrate, calorie-dense food increased.  So, maybe that's what is helping with my weight loss this summer.  I'm getting up at 8:00 instead of 6:00.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I like that!!

    The only problem with that is when motherhood gets in the way!!! I was up at 3 AM 4 AM 5 AM and then had to drive Roger to Richfield at 7 AM sigh....Maybe that's why I made cookies tonight then again maybe that's this motherhood thing too.

    Hmmmm maybe I should just read the book =)