One roadblock to fitness seems to be a lack of energy. It takes energy to workout, and if you’re feeling tired and lethargic, you are more likely to sit in front of the television than head to the gym.
Why Am I Tired All The Time?
Part of the problem may be your diet. Food is fuel, but if you’re filling up on low-grade food, you may be missing out on the energy it can provide. Many foods can provide a short burst of energy that has you feeling good for a short period of time, only to bring your energy crashing down shortly afterwards. Foods that are largely made up of sugar are big culprits.
The key is to fuel up with foods that provide the sustained energy that your body and mind need to keep going throughout the day.
What Foods Will Give Me Energy?
Balanced foods are the key. Foods that contain protein, carbohydrates and fat act together to give you a steady dose of energy without a crash. But it isn't just about what you eat. Equally important is when you eat and how much.
Eat breakfast. When you wake up, you have already not consumed calories for several hours. Your blood sugar is low, and you’re feeling groggy. You may feel tempted to grab some coffee and a donut, but the result will be a temporary feeling of energy followed by a huge mid-morning crash. You don't have to skip your coffee if you don't want to, but you’re better off substituting the donut with a bowl of oatmeal, which has the balance of nutrients to give you some sustained energy.
How Many Times Should I Eat A Day?
You should avoid skipping meals, and you should have at least two healthy snacks a day. Low blood sugar saps energy and can tempt you to head for sweet foods to boost your energy. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks:
Between lunch and dinner, you should eat a light snack. Late afternoons are particularly low energy times. If you’re planning on an afternoon workout, a snack with protein and carbohydrates is ideal. If you’ve gotten enough to eat during the day, you are less likely to binge at night.
If you’re interested in nutrition and fitness, but don't know where to start, a personal trainer can help give you the tools to reach your fitness and weight loss goals. Ralph Roberts has years of experience training people to reach their full fitness potential, and can provide the knowledge and motivation you need to succeed.
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