I'm all about bang for the buck these days. My life is pretty full with taking care of 4 daughters a husband and now
PUPPY!! Say Whaaaaat????? I really don't want to prioritize any weight loss programs that require crazy hours or complicated steps. I easily put on the weight over the years so I believe wholeheartedly that I can slowly change small habits to effortlessly lose the weight, Eventually, lol. But I really wasn't set up mentally ( I'll be dealing with some mental hacks in another post) and hormonally to lose weight. Uncontrolled stress in my body had that cortisol surging so I pretty much didn't have a fighting chance to lose weight if I didn't tap into my circadian rhythm and find ways to get my hormones back into balance .
Here are my 3 hacks that help me optimize my hormonal balance and set my body up for a more efficient metabolism and increased weight loss all within a few hours of going to bed.
Quit munching at least 2 hours before bed. I personally try not to eat anything 4 hours before bed. We need more fasting time! Intermittent fasting has exploded onto the health scene and for good reason too. Research has found that intermittent fasting boosts your immune system, helps your body regulate fat metabolism and insulin secretion. Fasting increases Human growth hormone which is a major player in maintaining the integrity of our organs, keeping us energized and feeling young.
Breathe honey Breathe. Deep breathing exercises before bed can do wonders in improving digestion and boosting your metabolism. Extra oxygen into your tissues helps your body burn extra fat deposits. Deep breathing also helps with switching to the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the rest, repair, digest and heal functions of the body. In this state, your cortisol levels decrease and your body is set for releasing those extra pounds, not holding on. If you are new to breathwork try a simple deep inhale until your lungs are full then fully exhale out. At the end of the exhale give yourself a little half smile of gratitude for taking care of yourself. Here are a few more techniques for breathwork for weight loss.
Aim to be asleep by 10pm. Human growth hormone spikes around 10pm, midnight and 2am. If you are still being "productive" and doing "all the things" late into the night you are not really benefiting from these peaks because you are still in "doing" mode rather then "restoring" mode. Do yourself a favor and go to sleep, your waistline thanks you!