Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

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.