Why You Need Sleep, And How To Lose 13 Pounds In 1 Week…
What is sleep actually for?
You’ll die without it… So that’s kinda important…
Some speculate that sleep is for decreasing brain temperature - letting it cool down from all the rocket science you do - or for detoxifying the brain. Another theory / reason is, weirdly, to dream… If you miss a night’s sleep, when you go to bed the next night, you have more REM sleep than normal, suggesting that you’ve built up a deficit. Studies show that when you deprive people of REM sleep they fall apart mentally and physically far quicker than those who were simply deprived of shallow [stage 1 & 2] or deep [stage 3 & 4] sleep. One of the most obvious reasons is just to give your brain a break... The brain makes up 3% of your bodyweight but demands nearly a quarter of the energy. Rocket science takes a toll… The brain consumes huge amounts of energy during the day, so energy stores tend to deplete, and some decent stage 3 & 4 is needed to restock to ensure that you aren’t a complete idiot the next day.
All pretty good arguments for going to bed early.
But staying alive, having a detoxified brain and not being a total wreck / f***ing idiot aren’t why you came here…
You came here for a 13 lb fat loss secret [and / or for the dog, Alan].
So let’s get into it.
Here’s how Dan John lost 13lbs in one week while preparing for a weightlifting competition [so he was already in pretty good condition...].
He tried to sleep 12 hours a day.
That’s the only change he made.
You can find details - although to be honest, that’s all the details you’ll find / really need - in his book “Can You Go”
Here’s how it all works…
- Sleep deprivation drives up inflammation
- Inflammation drives up cortisol, a stress hormone
- This destabilizes your blood sugar, making you crave sugary foods
- And it can disrupt hunger signals, too
- Even sleeping just one hour less than usual can cause you to eat as much as 45% more food
- See this study for more details: http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1159/000342054
- Or even this one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22496545
Basically, being under-recovered is stressful, and this stress response causes fat accumulation... Sleep [not more exercise!] is the number one remedy in this scenario.
You guys want abs and greater recovery abilities, and I don’t want to coach toxic-brained idiots... Let's meet in the middle...
Get some sleep.
“Sit the f*** down and have a beer…”
~ Coach Collins