SLEEP OFF CRAVINGS
Sleep is essential to weight-loss success, but chances are this week your brain will be nagging you to raid the fridge under cover of darkness – leaving you frazzled for the next day and much more likely to give in to sugar temptation. A US study using yoga-breathing techniques to treat anxiety-based insomnia found that all volunteers reported better quality and quantity of sleep. To get the best possible, try a breathing technique called “4-7-8 breathing”. With your tongue resting on the roof of your mouth, just behind your upper teeth, exhale completely. Close your mouth, then inhale through your nose for four counts. Hold your breath for seven counts, then exhale while counting to eight in your head. Repeat this three more times.