If you are eating healthy and exercising meticulously, yet still struggling to lose weight, lack of sleep may be your missing link. That’s because when you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.” Ghrelin encourages you to crave sweets. In contrast, getting enough sleep encourages your body to produce more leptin. Leptin will help you feel full.

In my experience, many of us are aware that sleeping is important, but we don’t actually put that knowledge into action; most of us are way too willing to give up a few hours of sleep in favour of watching TV, working or socializing.

And, in some cases, wanting to sleep and actually being able to sleep are difficult to reconcile. After a long, fast-paced day – filled with too many screens – the body can have a hard time relaxing.

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Set up before a clock, and every minute on the minute perform 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats. Can you continue for thirty minutes? Twenty minutes? How about 10?

Bench – 4 x 6 at 75% of max

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