You called our HGH clinic and told us about your symptoms that are commonly associated with a growth hormone deficiency, and we sent you locally to get blood work done in your city and state. The results showed your IGF-1 levels were low; we prescribed you Sermorelin or HGH injections.
You started to feel great, but now you want to know what the most critical factor is for losing weight? Recently, the question has been, "What is more effective for losing weight: exercise or healthy eating?"
The one-sentence answer is that there are other factors you need to think about, and we will discuss them in detail.
Eating Healthy is Not Enough While Using Growth Hormone Injections
We have slashed our food intake and spent a small fortune on personal trainers and gyms (that most haven't used past January). The result of these efforts?
We have not last weight. Worse, we have actually gained weight! What went wrong? We thought that eating healthy foods was the most critical factor, when in fact, exercising on a daily basis is just as equally important, if not more important than eating healthy.
Apparently eating healthy is a no-brainer, but many people think this is all they have to do when they are using HGH. Make exercise a daily part of your life when you are using growth hormone shots and go out of your way to keep that commitment.
Sleep Deprivation: Symptom of Growth Hormone Deficiency
Before going on Growth Hormone therapy, we all noticed that increasingly we were sleep-deprived, because our jobs, life, and responsibilities were demanding more and more from us. As we age, we find our sleeping patterns go awry. Our patients who undergo Sermorelin injections on an evening basis reported back that they slept like babies.
We raised your IGF-1 levels to 250 ng/dL, and you found you were waking up feeling refreshed. Now, the first thing you need to do to start losing weight is get more sleep -- at least 8 hours.
The National Sleep Foundation advises adults ages 18 to 64 to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. However, we are falling short of that goal. 30 percent of American adults sleep fewer than 6 hours, as per research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And that's not the only problem. People who clock less than five to six hours a night are up to 45 percent more probable to be obese, according to Alexandra Sowa, an instructor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
"More than one-third of Americans are overweight, and a similar number is sleep-deprived. Both can be considered to be significant health problems, approaching epidemic proportions."
Perhaps that answers the question. Perhaps it's sleep that's the most essential piece of the weight loss puzzle. But ultimately getting enough hours of sleep is just one factor in the equation.
Start your weight loss program by getting 8 hours of sleep. If you are using Sermorelin injections, studies have indicated that a peak release of HGH occurs between the 7th and 8th hours of sleep.
This does not mean that all three of these healthy practices aren't critical to helping you hit your ideal weight, and slashing your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. However, sleep seems to be in a class of its own in its capacity to outweigh (pun intended) the other two.
What it Comes Down to is This
You can probably get adequate sleep even if you're shoveling down barely edible swill, and remaining stuck on your recliner or couch. However, you can't expect to work out with mega-intensity or eat clean if you're skimping on zzzs.
Why? Two reasons. First, poor sleep = fatigue. Second, lack of sleep disrupts the energy balance and operation in every system of your body, says neurologist Phyllis C. Zee, director of the sleep disorders center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
Sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on the body's hunger-regulating hormones. This dramatically increases the odds of binging on junk food, and not an issue of willpower, says registered dietitian Kelly Pritchett, assistant professor of nutrition and exercise science at Central Washington University.
Precisely, it may lower your body's levels of leptin, "the satiety hormone," and ramp up ghrelin, "the hunger hormone." That's one reason why, in a study when men and women slept 80 minutes less from their usual sleep schedule, they devoured an extra 549 calories the next day.
Worse, those calories aren't coming from healthy choices like fresh fruits and vegetables.
Prior studies from the University of California-Berkeley used brain scans to discover that sleep deprivation inhibits activity in the brain's frontal lobe, which regulates complex decision-making, and regrettably speeds up activity in the brain's reward center, the one that comes alive in response to sugar, salt, and fat.
"When you are sleep deprived, your brain is more likely to want high-energy foods for fuel," Dr. Zee adds. "It shouldn't be a big surprise. When you are up at 2 or 3 in the morning, you aren't thinking about salads." And even if you do somehow manage to stick to your healthy-eating habits while running on too little sleep, your weight-loss progress will still suffer.
In one University of Chicago-led study, when participants averaged 8.5 hours of sleep nightly over the span of two weeks, half of the weight they lost fat. However, when their amount of sleep plummeted to 5.5 hours of sleep a night, their rate of fat loss cratered by 55 percent...in spite of the fact that they ate the exact same foods!
It appears to come down to hormones. The research concluded in the journal Diabetologia determined that only four days of sleep deprivation lowered the body's insulin sensitivity, which heightened the risk for fat storage.
The study also concluded that lack of sleep slashed the body's levels of growth hormone, a hormone that is crucial to not only fat-burning but also your capacity to recuperate from exercise. Meanwhile, Dr. Zee's research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, concluded that sufficient sleep may affect your ability to work out more than working out affects your sleep quality.
Think about that long and hard. "Sleep is completely underrated. People believe that they can do with a little bit less, and many even believe that it's okay to get by on a few hours of sleep," Dr. Zee says. "They feel tired, but they think that's the worst of it. In reality, the consequences of poor sleep are much greater."
Make the most of your growth hormone injections protocol, sleep for 8 hours, spread out your eating to 6 small meals per day, and exercise every single day, even if it's only for 20 hard minutes.
Washing dishes doesn't count as exercise! Go for an intense power walk, lift weights, ride your bike, do situps, pushups, yoga, do whatever you can even if you are trapped in your home during the winter months!
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