If you’re like most people then finding time in your day to get everything done and keep fit is near
impossible. By the end of the day you’re exhausted, capable of little more than grabbing something
easy (and not necessarily nutritious) to eat and flopping down in front of the TV before eventually
dragging yourself off to bed.
Sound familiar? It is for most and it unfortunately this has lead to an accumulation of unwanted
centimetres on our bodies and to Australia becoming one of the fattest countries in the world - 3 in
4 of our population is overweight or obese.
So what if there was a way to reverse this trend? What if it were easy to lose weight? What if we
could all start melting away the fat while we sleep? That’s a lot of what if’s, but let me explain how it
is actually possible.
In October 2010 the Annals of Internal Medicine published research that showed that sleep - and
sleep alone - is one of the most powerful diet tools ever identified. But you probably didn’t hear
about this amazing study because no one is going to make any profit from it!
Ever wondered why you feel so good after a long really deep sleep? Well research has shown that
the body actually heals itself and loses more weight in the deepest levels of restful sleep. I tested it
on myself over 20 months in which I shed over 70kg. When I slept well I lost more weight than I did
when I was sleep-deprived. It’s true. But without the right mattress you simply won’t get there.
The good news is you’re already losing weight while you sleep – but what’s more important is
maximising it. Did you know that the body burns the majority of its energy in its normal functioning
processes (breathing, circulation, processing food, etc) even while you sleep? It’s called your Basal
Metabolic Rate or BMR.
To maximise weight loss you simply need to raise your BMR so it works harder and faster. And that
means raising your metabolism - but don’t despair – it’s not as hard as you think. In my book “Half
The Woman I Was” I give you 16 techniques to achieve it. Here are the top 3.
First, eat lots spicy food. I’m not talking about fast food here, far from it. Just make sure you include
spices like chilli, cayenne, pepper and curry in your cooking.
Second, build muscle. Cardiovascular exercise that gets the heart rate going is great, but it’s the
proportion of muscle mass in your body that speeds up your metabolism. So include a resistance
training workout 2 or 3 times a week.
Third, get at least 8 hours of deep restful sleep which will regulate your body, speed up your
metabolism and heal and grow your muscles after training.
So if your mattress is over 5 years old, or isn’t meeting the individual needs of your body and
providing adequate comfort and support (here’s the plug) then jump on the phone to OzMattress
and speak to one of their consultants.
You’ll not only get the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had, you’ll also lose more weight while you
About the Author
Sigrid de Castella is an internationally published author, speaker, and coach in the fields of health
and business. Sigrid has studied Personal Training with the Fitness Institute Australia and has a keen
interest in whole food nutrition, natural therapies and all aspects of physical and mental health. Her
book “Half The Woman I Was” has received international acclaim and has been hailed as the most
comprehensive weight loss book on the market.