Nachiketh Shetty

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Lack of sleep can slow down your fat loss

Is sleep really important if diet and workout are on point?

While it is well established that sleep can affect your recovery and help de-stress, one of the very lesser known facts is that it can profusely affect your body composition as well. Respiratory exchange ratio (RER) is a way to measure what source of fuel your body will primarily use. Lower the RER, higher will be the fat utilisation and lower protein and carbohydrate utilisation while Higher the RER, lower will be the fat utilisation and higher will be the protein and carbohydrate utilisation What that means is that, if you're sleep deprived, then your RER will go up. Which also means that less of the fats will be used for fuel and more of carbs. If at all you're on a deficit, then the availability of carbs will be too low, and the possibility of muscle protein breakdown goes up. Besides, even your workouts will suck in a glycogen depleted environment. You'll lose weight at the same pace. But less of that will be from fat loss compared to someone who's lost the same weight but gets enough sleep everyday. Oh, and if you're on a surplus and trying to gain weight? In that case, much of the weight gain will be from gaining fats and less from muscle gains. How much sleep is enough? Honestly, I don't know. Just make sure you hit at least 7hrs and see how you feel in the morning. Do you feel completely recovered and full of energy? If yes, then 7hrs it is. Do you feel groggy still? If yes, then sleep another hour early. Ok bye! ✌️😎 A lot of this, I read from "The Art of Lifting" by Greg Nuckols and Omar Isuf. #sleep #sleepdeprived #hardworkingidiot #neend #need #bingewatching #addiction #fatloss #bodyrecomposition #lifting #gains #strength #hypertrophy #musclemass #muscleloss #fafgain #fatboy#dadbod
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