One very simple way to lose weight is by avoiding eating right before going to bed. This may seem like common sense, but many people don’t understand the real reason this helps people lose weight.
Eating food right before you go to bed disrupts the body’s ability to produce and use human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that is responsible for the growth and repair of our body’s tissues. Peak levels of human growth hormone are released when you sleep as the body’s way of recuperating from the stresses of the day.
HGH has a key role in building and maintaining muscle mass. Maintaining muscle mass is an important factor to lose weight. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest, and the more you lose weight. When we are young the body produces large amounts of human growth hormone. These large amounts of HGH keep muscle mass up and weight down.
The hormonal response of food:
Eating food causes your body to have a hormonal response. When you eat, the food is broken down and glucose is released into the blood stream. When the foods that we eat are high in carbohydrates, the bloodstream becomes saturated with glucose.
High blood sugar poses a risk to the body and the body releases insulin as a defense mechanism to the clear the glucose from the blood. The insulin stuffs the glucose in the muscles as energy.
Unfortunately, when the muscles won’t accept any more glucose the insulin has to look for somewhere else to put the glucose. Insulin finds a place to store the extra glucose in the form of body fat stores. This is one reason why people gain so much weight from body fat by eating a diet high in sugary carbohydrates.
So how does eating right before bed time disrupt the effect of HGH?
When your blood sugar levels are high, human growth hormone (HGH) levels are low.
Elevated blood sugar levels keep HGH from doing its job when we sleep. This means a less recuperative sleep and less muscle building. Less muscle building means decreased calorie burning muscle, and more weight gain from fat.
HGH production begins to decrease for most people in their early twenties, but we continue to produce it in lessening amounts as we age. It is very important for people in their mid-twenties to start maximizing the effect of natural HGH to lose weight by avoiding snacks at night time.
Another way to maximize the HGH you have include eating a diet that keeps blood sugar stable, and resistance training. Maximizing your HGH will keep your muscle mass levels up and your weight down.
Make sure to skip the late night desserts and the midnight snacks and you will be well equipped to lose weight quicker.