A good night’s sleep is worth a good day’s energy. People love to sleep through weekends, get up late-afternoons and laze around. Although this is not 100% acceptable, it is not extremely unhealthy when you do it rarely. New diets keep springing upon and the latest is the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ diet. While the term sounds fascinating, alluring and catchy, the diet is not!
This diet is based on taking sedatives to make you sleep through the day and all through the night to prevent you from eating. Too much or too little sleep can promote weight gain. Speaking practically, how can one survive through such a diet from the work perspective? If we spend all the time sleeping to lose weight, we will absolutely have no time for living our life, exercising, socializing or doing anything else.
Too much of sedative can lead to overdose, addiction and serious health damages as one has to use higher and higher doses of sedatives to get the desired result. Such people can also go into depression as they are sleeping and have no time for social gatherings. This can affect their mood and pave way for eating disorders too. Read more on how eating disorders affect our day-to-day life at www.firsteatright.com.
Ghrelin and leptin are hormones linked with the quantity of food that an individual consumes. Ghrelin affects appetite while leptin controls the amount of food that goes into your tummy. Improper sleep can elevate ghrelin levels and decrease leptin levels. Being awake increases your risk of overeating too. This does not mean that you do the exact opposite and sleep through the day.
Sleeping beauty diet is of utmost concern as it neither includes a bout of quick physical exercise nor it talks about eating healthy food. Alas, how would you find time for these if you sleep all day? Basically, any diet that promotes weight loss via supplements, pills or powders without adding a general dose of exercise or diets that ask you to skip an entire food group are unhealthy and must never be followed.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.