Feeling stressed and tired is a fast track to raiding the fridge. Before you know it, you’ll be face to face with some french fries. If you don’t look after your mind and your sleep cycle, you can reverse a lot of the good work you’re doing in the gym.
Not getting enough sleep can throw off your appetite-regulating hormones, leptin and ghrelin. You can start feeling hungry at weird, inconvenient times of day (in the middle of the night, anyone?)
Stress creates cortisol too, which not only makes it harder to think straight, it can push us towards unhealthy choices. It’s like having a real-life devil on your shoulder whispering about cheesecake.
If you’re not focusing on sleep and self-care as much as diet and exercise, you’re doing it wrong. We’re literally giving you an excuse to take a bath and put on a face mask. Go do it!