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Controlling Fat when Adequate Sleep Isn't Possible

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 02, 2011 at 3:20 PM

I can't get as much sleep as I would like. I'm sure a lot of other Paleo-Hackers are in the same boat. I'm trying to get rid of that last few pounds of fat, and I know sleep would help, but it's just not in the cards.

Any ideas on kicking those last few pounds without sleep?

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on March 02, 2011
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sorry to hear that, alcohol particularly affects my sleep. I did 24 hour fast, I slept well after that and eating.

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at 05:38 PM

Interesting article. Thanks, oliverh. Unfortunately it doesn't apply in my particular situation. I don't have even close to the amount of time to have 1st and 2nd sleep.

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I don't find it difficult at all. I pre-plan my food most days, so I adjust my food to fit my desired ratios. Sleep is not easy for me either, so I understand where you are coming from!

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Interesting. Do you find it difficult to maintain a strict f/p/c ratio?

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on March 02, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Some ideas:

Fasted training

Reducing your carbs

Adjusting your ratios of fat/protein/carbs, for me it's 50% fat, 25/30% protein and 15/20% carbs

Cutting out nuts and/or dairy from your diet

Counting calories

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on March 02, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I don't find it difficult at all. I pre-plan my food most days, so I adjust my food to fit my desired ratios. Sleep is not easy for me either, so I understand where you are coming from!

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on March 02, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Interesting. Do you find it difficult to maintain a strict f/p/c ratio?

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on March 02, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Are you not getting enough sleep to the point you're tired or are you not getting enough sleep based off what you're "supposed" to get?

For the former: I'd try to dial in as many aspects of my life as possible and remember to utilize one of the secrets to losing those last pounds: PATIENCE. While others maintain that counting calories is unnecessary, calories do matter consider cutting them via reducing intake of nuts or dairy (which I think is easier than actually counting calories or reducing intake of the more nutritional meat).

For the later: Remember to exercise patience, other pounds may have melted off in the past (or maybe not), but these last ones may take a while to get off. Stick to paleo and with time you should get there. Remember these pounds did not show up in a week and that you're not going to magically shave them if a week either.

In general: remember these side things, the amount of carbs you eat will affect the glycogen you carry as well water weight (since 1 gram of glycogen is stored with 4 grams of water), so you can cut carbs and lose weight but you losing those last pounds of fat in that initial weight loss (and when you start eating starchy vegetable again you will regain some of that weight). Even so cutting carbs can be a good way to reduce your overall intake and may make slightly quicker to lose the fat in the long run.

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Mark Sissons recently put this article on his blog. Maybe you have already read it, it might change what you think as getting enough sleep, if not.

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Interesting article. Thanks, oliverh. Unfortunately it doesn't apply in my particular situation. I don't have even close to the amount of time to have 1st and 2nd sleep.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:59 PM

sorry to hear that, alcohol particularly affects my sleep. I did 24 hour fast, I slept well after that and eating.

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