13. You probably need better sleep

Sleep deprivation causes weight gain and makes it more difficult to lose weight. You might be sleep-deprived and not even realize it. Studies have found that even getting 30 minutes less sleep than you should increases your risk for obesity and other health issues.

Furthermore, it’s almost impossible to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle if you don’t have enough energy. Physical activity is essential for losing weight, and you’re a lot less likely to work out if you’re feeling tired. Sleep allows the body to repair and rejuvenate itself.

The more sleep-deprived you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a stress hormone that regulates appetite. When you don’t get enough sleep, your cortisol levels are higher, and your appetite increases. To makes matters worse, when you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to crave high-fat, high-carb foods that release calming serotonin in the brain.

A lack of sleep also hinders your body’s ability to break down sugar. As a result, sugar remains in your bloodstream, leading to high blood sugar. High blood sugar can make you fatigued, dehydrated, dizzy, sore, and not-feeling-so-great in general.

It’s important to consistently get a full seven-and-a-half hours of sleep each night. If you have difficulty falling asleep, try to manage your stress levels, get plenty of physical exercise during the day, and limit your consumption of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. If you continue to experience sleep issues, you should discuss the problem with your doctor. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial not only for your weight-loss efforts, but also for your overall health and wellbeing.