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Insomnia Caused Me To Gain Belly Fat

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

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I recently experienced a bout of insomnia that lasted just about 6 weeks that wreaked havoc on my body, causing me to gain belly fat despite my healthy eating habits and consistent workouts throughout it.

While the scale didn’t go up, I had lost quite a bit of muscle, and quickly began accumulating belly fat.

Not getting enough sleep will make you fat
So what happened? Where did all this belly fat come from???  Simply put, when you consistently don’t get enough sleep, your adrenal system kicks into overdrive, which essentially has you feeling tired and wired at the same time, making sleep difficult.

When you are sleep deprived for an extended period of time, your body produces cortisol.  When your cortisol levels remain elevated, your body accumulates belly fat.

Over time, high levels of cortisol in your system can gradually tear down muscle tissue, impair the immune system, contribute to metabolism issues, lead to weight gain around the belly, and decreases mental clarity.  Yup, that was me and I was experiencing all those symptoms.

When I shared my insomnia-belly fat story on Facebook, it was amazing how many people commented how they get only 4-6 hours sleep a night and this is the norm for them which is probably one of the contributing factors to their stubborn fat loss issues.

Personally, I don’t know how these people can function.  I’m an 8 hour kind of a girl.  Always have been, always will be.

Shari Fitness Transformation 2.0
I am on a quest to get my body back. Yup it’s the Shari Fitness Transformation 2.0.  Funny thing is, it was 10 years ago when I had initially transformed my body from perpetual “before” to perpetual “after” picture.  Now, 10 years later, at the age of 49, after some crazy fluke insomnia episode, I feel like I’m back at square one, and that’s OK.

I see this as an opportunity to reinvent myself.  To come back leaner and stronger than ever and I am making progress using the program I created to help others transform their bodies, Transformation Over 40 simply because it works.

Here’s my latest progress picture and  I am currently working my way towards where I want to be.  Again, this is a work in progress, and I wanted to share with you where I was in March so you can see the progress I’ve made thus far.  

Also, please note that when I took that photo in March, I was still dealing with the insomnia and aside from the belly fat, you can see how unwell I was looking.  It wasn’t until mid-march did I finally get my first night of getting 8 hours sleep and finally started feeling “normal” by the end of March.

Shari Fitness Transformation 2.0

So why am I sharing this with you?
Had I not taken these pictures, (which I cannot stress enough that EVERYONE should do), I wouldn’t be able to see the progress I have made since March.

Although I’ve made progress since March, for me to put myself out there with how I looked in March and currently look, is a bit humbling being that my physique does not look anything like my industry peers… far from looking “fitness model perfect”. … and that’s OK…..

Despite being a fitness professional and a role model, I felt it was important to be transparent and show people that even for people in the industry, we all experience our struggles.

Through this experience, I have become more knowledgeable about how stress, adrenal fatigue and, insomnia can wreak havoc on our bodies….. even for someone who is fit, healthy, works out consistently and has a super healthy diet.

I realize that by sharing this experience, I can help so many people out there who are unaware that too much stress and lack of sleep can cause adrenal fatigue and can cause the body to secrete high levels of cortisol, thereby causing your body to accumulate more belly fat.

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