Weight loss is probably one of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make this time of the year. Some people succeed, but most do not.
Getting quality sleep, maintaining an ideal weight, and eating a healthy diet are like legs of a three-legged stool. Having one shorter leg or a loose leg can topple you over as you try to sit down. Similarly, poor sleep quality can also derail your New Year’s resolution to lose weight this year. Poor sleep can mean not enough sleep as well as fragmented, unrefreshing sleep due to any reason.
Coincidentally, two studies were published this month in the Sleep journal regarding sleep apnea and weight loss. Investigators studying veterans enrolled in a weight loss program found that those with sleep disordered breathing experienced significantly less weight loss at 6 months compared to those without sleep disordered breathing.
Another study found that only people with obstructive sleep apnea who had small facial skeleton volumes had any significant drops in the apnea hypopnea index (AHI) when losing significant weight, compared to those with moderate or large sized volumes. What this implies is that the smaller your facial skeletal volume (small mouth), the more likely any degree of weight loss can lower your AHI. It’s been shown that about a 10% weight loss lowers the AHI about 26% on average.
In addition to treating your sleep-related breathing disorder, you also have to change your mindset and habits to lose weight effectively and also to keep it off. To help you on this journey, I recommend you listen to these three past teleseminars:
Tara Marie Segundo on The Most Overlooked Solution for Weight Loss
- The #1 reason why most people can’t lose weight
- Her proprietary 5 Key Success Principles for losing weight and keeping it off
- How to strategically achieve your weight loss goals like the pros do
- How to lose weight without counting calories and depriving yourself
Tara Marie Segundo on Answers to Your Top 10 fitness Questions
- What #1 mistake prevents people from sticking with their exercise regimen and what you can do to avoid this
- How you can get fit in just 10 minutes a day
- Tips on overcoming the diet “blahs”
Alyse Levin on What to Eat When You’re Sick and Tired
- When to eat and when not to eat
- How to stay motivated to eat right and to lose weight
- Foods that can help you breathe better and sleep better
- Why some “good foods” can be bad for you
- Best low sugar, high power snacks to take with you when you’re On-The-Go
- Tips on what to order and where to go when you’re eating out
- How to read nutrition labels like a Pro
- How to control your blood sugar level if you’re at risk for diabetes with food and not with medications