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Zzzzz as in Sleep

Sleep your fat away?

Can sleep really help you lose fat?

Can sleep help you gain muscle?

The answer to both of these questions is…


It is important for fat loss and muscle building.

Everyone focuses on eating right and working out but tend to leave out sleep.

To optimize the effects of all that hard work we have to remember to get enough sleep.

There are people that feel they can function on less sleep which is possible, but what they don’t notice is that it affects their body.

To get the best recovery from your sleep it should be consistent each night for about 8 hrs per night.

If it’s inconsistent it causes body fat to go up!

Quality REM sleep doesn’t typically start till after the first 90 minutes of sleeping.

And that’s when the restoring begins.


Sleep helps you gain muscle.

When Hilary Swank was training for the movie “Million Dollar Baby” she slept for 9 hrs.

Her trainer had her working hard in the gym lifting heavy weights so they could maximize her muscle growth in a short period of time.

She gained 19 lbs and the key was getting enough sleep to recover from the intense workouts.


Sleep helps keep fat off.

When you are short on sleep you tend to crave high fats, comfort foods and carby foods.

Body fat goes up when you don’t have enough sleep.

You’ll also feel the need to eat things that you don’t usually eat that aren’t healthy.


So how do you get the best sleep possible?

Don’t watch any TV or be on the computer right before bed.

Turn the temperature down. Sleep is best when the room is cold.

Keep the room dark and free of little lights that may go off in the night.

Don’t drink caffeine after Noon. You may think you are fine but it can disrupt sleep cycles.


Those were some AWESOME tips I heard from the Chalene Johnson’s podcast. Check it out if you haven’t already.

The key to improving is pushing yourself every day an learning something new every day.

So get enough sleep, stay active and focus on your nutrition: http://darrenletourneau.com/bbchallenge/


Darren Letourneau

Beachbody Coach



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