“When you get more sleep, you’re less likely to overeat and more likely to stick to your fitness and diet program,” says Natalie Digate Muth, MD, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. “Plus, too little sleep is linked with weight gain.”
Getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep is easier said than done, right? True, unfortunately, but it’s all comes down to establishing a routine:
- Prepare for bed an hour before your actual bedtime by relaxing (read, take a bath, meditate, etc.)
- Power down electronics as soon as possible before bedtime
- Be consistent about getting in the bed at the hour you’ve decided on every day
- Try to sleep in a completely dark and quiet room (no flashing LED lights)
3. Make It Harder To Cheat.
It doesn’t matter how good you are, how many days you work out for, or how good you’ve been bringing baked chicken breasts and sweet potatoes to work instead of eating out. There’s going to come a time that you want to munch generously on something you shouldn’t, especially if you have easy access to it.
The best way to control this? Control your surroundings.
- Clean out your cabinets
- Clean out your pantry
- Clean out your desk drawers at work
- Throw away any food you can’t trust yourself to always eat in moderation
- Toss all junk food
- Replace that junk food with healthier options, that, if you binge on, the damage will likely be more minimal