Did you know sleep has a direct connection to getting toned six pack abs? I'm not just talking about building muscle or losing weight because those are two key links to sleep as well, but I'm talking specifically about your stomach area. I'll be very honest, I don't get ANY sleep and it shows in my workouts and it shows in my results.
I know it's an absolutely terrible habit, but here's what I've found out from my personal mistakes.
From personal experience, every single night I've gotten healthy, decent sleep (8-9 hours), I've discovered three things. One, I have much more energy for my workouts, which produces more muscle development and faster fat burning. Two, I get up earlier and have more time in the day to accomplish more instead of squeezing in time for workouts. And lastly, I feel a significant decrease in how sore I am from my previous workouts as opposed to moaning and groaning from my sore muscles the next day. These are just a number of things I've noticed with increased sleep, but there's FAR more to this concept.
I'm going to give you five awesome reasons why you need more sleep, and by the time you get to the end of this article, you'll probably choose to go to bed by 8 p.m. tonight. I'm totally serious, sleep makes a dynamic difference in your results, and if you're serious about losing that belly fat and getting a toned stomach then you'll take your sleep seriously and make the necessary changes. I'm willing to make a change and tell you that I'm also going to destroy my bad habit of terrible sleep, so if I can do this, anyone can.
The Increased Muscle Building Factor
One major advantage with healthy amounts of sleep, is that your body naturally builds more muscle, including (but not limited to) your abdominals. Think of your sleep as your recovery period, or as a time for your body to rest up for a big workout the next day. You put yourself through a hard workout and pounded your body so you definitely deserve your rest. So considering that your body deserves good sleep and requires it to perform at it's peak, why would you prevent yourself from getting good amounts of healthy sleep?
When you think of how your sleep is your body's way of recovering for the next workouts, think of this one key factor. Your recovery period is when your body produces the most muscle building, because those individual muscle fibers are compensating for how hard they worked by becoming stronger. So if you aren't getting a good recovery period, you really aren't doing your body a favor to promote bigger muscle growth. This is especially important for your stomach muscles, as the only way they become stronger and more toned is when you build those muscle fibers.
Now if you don't have a good recovery period (sleep) your body isn't able to increase your abdominal muscles by growing, which means you aren't able to develop firm six pack abs. This is the basic concept of how sleep dramatically influences your ability to develop six pack abs, so if there's one thing I can stress, it is for you to get healthy sleep so you can build more muscle and increase your grown in strength and development.
Sleep Affects Fat Loss Negatively & Positively
What I've discovered is that sleep has a dramatic affect on your ability to burn fat as well as how your body deals with fat, and you have the choice to use this as your advantage or disadvantage. So, there's a hormone known as cortisol, and I won't get all "scientific" on you, but I will say that it has a distinct connection to fat build up, and basically is a main fat building hormone.
Your body produces more of this hormone, Cortisol, when you are under a lot of stress, which is why you seem to gain more weight when you're going through a stressful situation for a long period of time.
Now, pay attention to what I'm about to say because once you think about this, you're going to have an "Aha!" moment. When you don't get healthy amounts of sleep, you don't only hurt yourself energy-wise, but your body treats this as a form of stress.
Did you catch that?
When you don't get good sleep, you're basically under stress, and what did I say earlier about stress and cortisol? Yup, that's right. When you have terrible sleeping habits, your body increases that fat build up, and distributes it mostly among your stomach area. This is not a good thing at all, if you want to get that firm stomach, so what do I propose you do to stop the fat build up?
Get more sleep! It's really that simple.
If you want to decrease your fat build up, and eradicate that unwanted body fat, you have to start this process with your sleeping habits.
Another key link to abdominal fat, or overall body fat, is that your sleep habits affect your ability to burn more fat during workouts. Certain research has been done that proves you have more success burning fat during your workouts, when your body has received good amounts of sleep beforehand. This isn't just tested and proven in research, but I've seen this key effect in my own personal lifestyle. Trust me, this stuff really means something, so if you want to be rid of that excess fat and prevent anymore build up of it, get healthy amounts of sleep.
More Means Optimal Energy For Workouts
This is a simple connection, but I thought you'd want to hear it anyways. Ya, we all know how more sleep gives us more energy for the upcoming day, but how does this transfer over to increasing six pack ab results? Basically, you have more energy for your workouts, which means you have more energy to work harder as well as gain increased results from your workouts. When you have more energy, you're able to push yourself harder during workouts, burn more fat and build more muscle, and gain one step closer to that toned stomach you want.
There's no super secret behind this connection to six pack abs, but it is one dynamic thing that people want to hear, as most people neglect sleep. Are you drowsy during workouts? Do you literally want to quit half way through and trade your weights in for pillows? Here's my simple solution. Develop healthy sleep habits and get six pack abs naturally through small lifestyle changes.
Sleep = Recovery Period From Workouts
Again, this is no major secret like the first two tips, but this plays a dynamic role in your Fitness Plan. After tough workouts, your body needs rest because you worked so hard, and it needs energy for the following day's workout.
Sleep is basically your body's recovery period and without recovery, your body doesn't get Ultimate Results from workouts, whether it be fat loss or muscle building.
See the connection yet?
The more sleep you get, the longer period your body has to recover, The longer recovery period, the more energy you have for the next day and the less sore you are for your workouts.
When you have more energy, you're able to push your abdominals to an entirely different level and you become closer to toned six pack abs as you work harder. Along with decreased soreness and increased energy, you build muscle and repair individual muscle fibers to become bigger and stronger during your recovery time.
Basically, the more sleep you get, the less sore you are, and the faster you recover. When you get terrible sleep (sadly like me) you have no energy for the next workouts and it takes longer for your body to recover. If you ruin your body's recovery period, your workouts become 50% less effective and become almost pointless.
Don't deal with this problem and make the decisions now to benefit you later down the road. What do you do? You sleep, sleep, and then you sleep some more. Of course this is in healthy amounts like 8-9 hours each night, not 13-14 hours because that just becomes laziness.
The Final Secret..
I thought I'd throw this one in because this is a key component to developing six pack abs, and that is the main point of this article.
We all know how muscle is one of the only key elements that can actually break through fat right? Well, what if we could control the rate at which that muscle grows to break through fat, especially in your abdominals area?
Well, you can. The more sleep you get, the more protein is utilized and broken down to develop your abdominal muscles more. Think of all the protein you ate throughout the day and those awesome Protein Shakes you drank, and now think of how protein develops muscle.
Now, think of when that protein is broken down to be turned into muscle. This happens at night..when? During your sleep! Yes, that's it, the more you sleep, the more you enhance your body's natural processes to break down protein and turn it into solid muscle.
This is especially important for developing abs because you have to tone them out and assist them in breaking through those walls of fat. What better way to do this than enhancing your muscle development at night through protein utilization? I want you to get this one thing absolutely drilled into your brain now.
The less sleep you get, means the less protein is utilized.
Did you catch that? The less sleep you get, the less protein is distributed throughout your body as muscle development.
Now you're probably wondering, "Well where does the protein go if it's not distributed throughout your body as muscle?"
That protein that could be used to build your six pack muscles, is now being wasted away as your body just gets rid of it the way it does other natural waste. It goes right through you, end of story. Well, that's sad to think that all of your hard earned protein is going to waste just because your body isn't turning it into muscle.
Well ya, but remember the key reason your body just tosses it aside, is because you aren't getting healthy amounts of sleep. When you're not getting good sleep, your body isn't able to turn that protein into muscle because these processes happen during your recovery time.
And if you remember your recovery time is your sleeping time. So my one tip to you, if you truly want to get six pack abdominals as fast as possible, is to get good sleep. The cool thing is you don't have to be an expert in workouts, you don't have to be able to lift super heavy weights, and you can even be a beginner to utilize this one secret.
So think about all we went over today and how sleep definitely plays a dynamic role in your ability to develop six pack abs. If you use these key reasons as motivation and encouragement, you'll be well on your way to changing your physical appearance for the rest of your life.