Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Sleep more and lose weight?  It sounds like a tabloid headline, but if you are not getting enough sleep, it might just be true.

There are many factors that deprive us of sleep, but a very common cause is excess weight.  When I was heavy, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea with 120 events per hour.  That means that every minute I slept, I stopped breathing two times.  We discovered it because my husband mentioned to my doctor that my legs would shake during the night.  The doctor told us that that was my body waking me up to get me breathing again.

I had a sleep study done and was given a CPAP machine to help me breathe better at night. 

If you are sleep-deprived for any reason, it can make it difficult to eat right.  It can cause your body chemistry to become unbalanced, making you feel hungry and craving sugar, even if you just ate.

Your body needs energy to function.  It can get this energy through regeneration (sleep) or ingestion (eating).  When you deprive it of one option, it will try to get energy from the other source.  When you don't eat enough, you get tired, and when you don't sleep enough, you get hungry.

If you are seriously overweight, talk to your doctor about getting a sleep study done.  If apnea is ruled out, consider other things that may be affecting your sleep.  Do you have a quality mattress?  Caffeine and alcohol intake can also contribute to poor sleep quality.  Be careful not to eat a heavy meal too close to bedtime.  Although it might make you sleepy initially, you will not sleep well through the night.  And don't rule out the benefits of a short nap now and then.