Let’s face it. Millions of Americans face the evils of a sedentary lifestyle, quick & fattening foods, and stress. Most everyone knows that diet and exercise are the number one ways to lose weight. However, did you know that other, more subtle lifestyle changes can contribute to slow weight gain? If not, you are welcome to explore these common ailments that can sabotage your weight loss intentions. Read on to reverse the effects and even promote healthy living.
Insomnia is a big weight loss saboteur. A number of things can cause insomnia – from excitement about a trip to chronic depression. Whatever the case for insomnia, it can wreak havoc on your weight loss efforts. The first way that sleep deprivation affects weight loss is hormone function. Cortisol is a hormone that is commonly released in response to physical or emotional stress. When a person lacks sleep, more cortisol is released and makes us feel hungrier.
Next, insomniacs have less deep sleep, the very level of sleep that restores our energy levels. Losing deep sleep hours slows down the levels of growth hormones. Growth hormones are proteins that help control the fat to muscle ratios in the body. Less growth hormones mean less ability to lose fat and grow muscle.
Lack of sleep can short-circuit your body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates. Increased storage of fats and higher levels of blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that the body has trouble disposing of glucose in the liver and other tissues. It is a trigger for serious health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes.
Finally, losing sleep zaps energy. You may be chronically tired for so long, you don’t even notice. Less energy means less calories burned.
Insomnia can be battled in many ways. Immediate action needs to be taken consistently, for long term effects. First, go to bed at a regular time, shut off the TV and electronics, have a routine, exercise during the day and try not to nap too much.
Essential oils that can fight insomnia are lavender and chamomile These herbs are known to relax body and mind. They will gently relax and aid one’s descent into a deep, relaxing sleep. Passion flower also soothes and helps against nervous breakouts.
The other side of fighting obesity is to energize the body. Energizing the body can stimulate the metabolism make exercise easier and more intense and burn more calories. So which essential oils stimulate and energize?
The first one is Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is an essential oil that is known to energize as well as combat the tiring effects of illness and allergies. Another common stimulant is peppermint.
Many people use diffusers to launch the essential oils into the air. This has a wonderful benefit – you can have a fragrant home as well as breathing in the health benefits directly. As you know, some are fueled by flammable materials, releasing unhealthy elements into the air. Ideally, your aromatherapy accessories should use vaporization. Vaporization heats up and releases essential oils and releases them into the air – without burning. The most innovative technology is a digital vaporizer. Unlike burning, you can customize the settings for your individual needs and health goals. You can also adjust the settings for the maximum medicinal benefit.