Sleep is one of the most underrated things for fat loss.
Optimal sleep regulates your body’s appetite, and thereby you experience less cravings for junk food and sugar.
In other words, you can make fat loss A LOT easier by going to bed early and sleeping in on the weekends.
It’s similar to choosing the difficulty level in a game…
When you sleep well, you play the dieting game on EASY.
When you have poor sleep, you play the dieting game on HARD.
So, how do you know you get enough sleep?
You wake up naturally (without an alarm).
You wake up refreshed.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that my sleep is perfect every single day, and I do have days where I feel like crap when I wake up.
However, I do my best to get good sleep and I hope you will too after reading this.
If you struggle with going to bed early, I recommend you to set a daily reminder on your phone about 10 hours before you have to wake up, which says: “Get ready for sleep.”
When this reminder pops up, you stop whatever you are doing and start getting ready for bed.
If you are not tired once you are in bed, start meditating.
Meditation Will Help You Sleep Better, Reduce Stress and Improve Training Recovery
Whether you have difficulty sleeping at night or not, I recommend a daily minimum of 10 minutes meditation.
Meditation relieves stress, clears your mind, increases feel good hormones and speeds up recovery between training sessions because training is a stress imposed on your body so the less stress you have the faster you can recover.
Now, the optimal way to meditate varies with each person, but a good way to get started is my simple meditation routine:
- Put on headphones.
- Listen to meditation sounds. Click here for a great tune.
- Lie down in bed and get comfortable. Spread out your legs, arms and make sure your palms are facing up towards the ceiling and your fingers are spread out.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Don’t move any of your body-parts.
Just lie there for 10-30 minutes while listening to a meditation sound, and you should feel GREAT after.