Children can be so cute.
But these sleeping angels have also managed to sabotage my weight loss intentions!
I was fooled. My firstborn slept from her dream feed at 11pm to 7am from 10 weeks old and from 7am- 7pm at 16 weeks. Getting babies to sleep is straight forward! Or so I thought… but second time round it was different- as she only slept from when I introduced solids and third time round… well… he sleeps best at his daytime nap! He has got worse since our move and recently I have been reminded (again) why I am still struggling to lose the baby weight 3 years on.
So here are My 5 reasons why sleep deprivation causes weight gain:
- I crave a sugar hit. When I am tired, I crave a sugar hit to give me more energy. A piece of fruit just won’t cut it- cake or chocolate is in order.
- I have no willpower. Which makes No 1. a sure winner!
- I’m hungrier. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can affect appetite controls and lead to over eating. (www.webms.boots.com/sleep-disorders)
- I have no energy to exercise. Even though I know it will give me more energy- I don’t exercise when I am tired!
- I’m awake for longer so have more time to eat. If I have eaten supper with the children at 6pm and am still up at 10:30, I’m starting to get peckish and so I raid the biscuit cupboard…
So my starting point in trying to lose the ‘Mummy Tummy’ before the summer is to get more sleep.
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