SLEEP MORE TO LOSE WEIGHT!by Mike Dolce
“Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work.”
― Heraclitus, 530 BCE
I’m sitting on a plane, flying over the Nevada desert on my way home from an amazing two-day seminar I conducted for a private group in Southern California.
We actually spent quite a bit of time discussing the need for proper sleep. The higher your quality of sleep, the faster your fat loss and muscle growth.
Sleep is when our bodies finally have a chance to repair and regenerate from all the hard training.
I function my best with 9 hours of sleep and if you think that makes me lazy, you should see what I accomplish in the 15 hours that I’m awake!!!
In fact, I always had trouble getting rid of that last little bit of belly fat when I was ‘only’ sleeping 7 hours per night, even though my diet and training was perfect.
As soon as I bumped it up to 9 hours, the fat fell off, the muscle piled on, and I was much more effective in business and at home.
As we age, we tend to sleep less. This means our body is not repairing and regenerating tissue at a rate necessary to outpace aging.
It is also not building bones and muscles, and in fact, our strength and skeletal fortitude begin to weaken and become frail. How many 80-year-olds do you see walking around that look like a good breeze could blow them away? That wasn’t the case 30 or 40 years ago when they were exiting the prime of their lives.
It is my opinion that time does not age us, our habits do. Habits are very much responsible for our level of health.
I call this your biological age. How old are your cells? How healthy? How vibrant? How efficient?
Think of your cells as a work force at a major manufacturing plant. Each cell is primed and excited, working at a thunderous pace with smiles on their little cell faces as they hum along completing their duties.
Now picture those same workers with beer bellies and cigarettes sticking out of their mouths. How hard do you think they’ll be working? How happy will they be? Do you think the quality of their work may suffer?
What happens if some of them stop showing up for work? A few per day, and then soon entire departments with special objectives, and lastly, the whole plant shuts down.
I prefer to constantly bring in fresh new workers in the way of vital nutrients, proper rest and big smiles to all those around me.
This is why I always say that THE DOLCE DIET is not a diet, but a lifestyle.
Most people think about losing weight and they only think about food and maybe some form of exercise. Rarely does one think about rest and recuperation.
Here is a great website that makes sleep scheduling very easy: Sleepyti.me
Try it and let me know what you think!