3. You’re not sleeping enough
Didn’t think getting enough rest had anything to do with weight loss? Think again. “Not only are seven to nine hours of sleep necessary for rejuvenating your body and maintaining a healthy mind, but there is also research that suggests links between sleep and weight control,” says naturopathic medicine doctor Kathryn Nobrega-Porter. “The hormones leptin and ghrelin both influence your appetite, and the production of them may be influenced by how much or how little you sleep.”
According to Nobrega-Porter, leptin is a mediator of energy balance and it can suppress the appetite, which means it can also help with weight loss. Meanwhile, ghrelin is a fast-acting hormone that plays a role in the feeling of hunger. “With adequate sleep, these two hormones are kept in balance and can help regulate appetite control,” she says.