Sleep and Weight Loss

Physical Trainer



For years now I’ve heard lots going around the internet and in media about the need to sleep in order to maximize weight loss. Cortisol is the hormone that can, in many instances, make or break a person’s ability to lose weight, and it’s greatly affected by stress levels, which can also be affected by sleep levels.High cortisol is not a good thing.

My name is Mike MacKinnon. I’m a strength and nutrition coach in Mississauga, Ontario. I’ve worked with people for over 10 years now in helping them to try and lose weight. I was once very overweight myself, and in 2003 reached out for help. A coach taught me what I needed to know to lose – and maintain the loss of – my weight. I’ve never gained it back.

Off and on I will experience problems sleeping. I can tell you that, when I go through periods of less sleep, it’s harder to keep the weight from coming back on. I notice a real difference.Perhaps you’re doing everything you can to lose your weight, and maybe you’ve had some success, but your results are stalled? How well do you sleep?

Busy-Ness: the Modern “Badge of Honour”

Many of us spend most of the 168 hours of our week doing things we deem necessary. We work, sometimes 50, 60, 70 hours per week. We have kids we’re shuttling between soccer and cheerleading. We have commitments to friends and family. We have pets that need to go to the vet. How do we cope?

I think many of us have accepted that we “have to” be busy, and we tend to glorify it. I do sometimes, I’ll admit it. I work a 70-hour week and feel as if I’ve accomplished a lot. I do it so that great day can come when I can “retire,” and “enjoy life.”

Well, what if I don’t live that long? And what if I do? Will I be able to stop? I fear not. Even now, in my times of less busy-ness, I find myself looking for things to do. I’m checking my work e-mails, texts, voicemails. Never a dull moment, and very rarely time for rest.

Can you identify? And, at the end of the day, do you find yourself falling in to bed at midnight, to get up at 5, to do it again? If so, you can expect that your weight loss results may possibly be radically affected.

Slowing Down, Sleeping More

I attended a great seminar recently from nutrition coach Kathy Smart. She’s a well-known personality in the area of healthy eating and weight loss, and her presentation was entirely on “sleeping your way to weight loss.” She told the story of a client she had who she tried to help, but couldn’t. Changing her diet, exercise, all of it, availed her nothing. Eventually the client left her, but they got in to contact a while later, and Kathy discovered that her ex-client had lost 40 lbs since leaving her!

She asked her what she did, and the answer was stunning: she did a sleep study, learned she had sleep apnea, got the treatment for it, started sleeping, and continued to follow the regimen Kathy had given her. She immediately started to lose weight!

You may not be sleeping because you’re just too busy. You may not be sleeping because your mind is too wired up. You may not be sleeping because you have an imbalance of some kind – chemical, hormonal, or otherwise – that needs to be addressed. You may not be sleeping because you eat/drink stimulants too late in the day (caffeine after 1 PM is bad!!! Think cola, coffee, tea, green tea and chocolate). Or there could be something else going on that needs to be addressed.

There Are Solutions!

Being a personal trainer in Mississauga, Ontario means that I’m near to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. I work with people of all ethnicities and lifestyles, and see it over and over again. People of all backgrounds don’t sleep well.

If you need help in this area, there are resources. I can help: I have a protocol I take people through to determine how their metabolism might be negatively affected, and teach them how to fix it. Naturopaths can help. Homeopaths can help. Doctors can help.

If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to give me a call, or send me a text or e-mail: 647-677-6025, I’d love to speak with you and help, if I can.In the meantime, try your best to eat healthier, and get at between 6 and 8 hours of sleep per night!