Did you ever look at yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning and noticed that you look slimmer? Your bagong gising eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! According to a study done by Live Strong, "Not only do you look slimmer in the morning, but you actually weigh less, too." While good night’s sleep alone isn’t enough to make you lose major pounds, you do burn calories while you sleep.

Burn, baby, burn
"When we sleep at night, our body enters a fasting period," said Dr. Maria Alexandra C. Villapol, MD, DPCP, an Internal Adult Medicine Specialist. "Basically, we stop loading calories for least eight hours, and our body metabolizes everything that we put in throughout the previous day." You may think that you aren’t expending any energy while you sleep, but in reality, the food and drinks you had the day before are broken down and eliminated through bodily processes such as respiration, perspiration, and urination. "When we have used up what is needed, the rest is either stored as additional fat, or prepared for elimination as waste," Dr. Villapol added.


Fluid retention
In a study by Dr. Walter Moraes of Universidad Federal Sao Paolo, as reported in Psychology Today, their subjects lost weight three times as fast while asleep than while lying in bed awake. The 14 men aged 21-30 remained in bed for eight hours straight and did not urinate or defecate during their sleep. According to Live Strong, 80 percent of weight loss during sleep is from water, and this does not include urine or feces.

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