I knew my insomnia was contributing to fatness, now I have a name for it!
“Studies show people who get less than 6 hours of sleep eat up to 300 calories more during the day because a lack of sleep triggers the production of the hunger hormone, grehlin,” says Marjorie Nolan, RD, CND, CPT and national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Each extra hour of sleep could save you 100 calories.
Grehlin. That’s apparently the hormone that makes me constantly hungry on days when I’m exhausted from not sleeping. A name so close to that of evil, nasty little “Gremlins” that it makes perfect sense to me! I have hunger Gremlins!
I got that excerpt from an article on easy ways to cut 500 calories per day. Some of their suggestions were stupid, like replacing your office chair with a big exercise stability ball (yeah, that’ll go over great with HR). Some of them were no brainers, like the above.
One of them however was really good.
Tell yourself at dinner time that you can have seconds, but make yourself wait twenty to thirty minutes before going to fetch them.
This one is kind of brilliant because it gives your stomach plenty of time to process feeling full, so that by the time the wait period has elapsed, you won’t want seconds anyway.
Sheesh, why didn’t I think of that?
Also, I think I’ve become addicted to wasabi peas.