Energy. Where does this goof ball get her energy!?
It's My. Biggest. Struggle...
There are so many reasons we may struggle with low energy levels.
It's a constant battle for some of us. I have battled low energy levels for what seems like my entire life. I honestly just came to the conclusion that I suck at sleep. I would feel like I slept through the night but I never wake up feeling refreshed. I finally found out I have two chronic diseases (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and Crohns Disease), both of which cause fatigue and low energy levels.
So what do I do to sustain? How do I get through the day?
Things to consider:
#1. How many carbs are you eating?
Carbohydrates are feared. People who are trying to lose weight immediately cut carbs. However, carbohydrates and fats are your bodies main energy sources, so if you cut one (or both) down to minimal consumption you'll likely feel drained by 2pm.
My suggestion? Add in a serving of carbs for breakfast and lunch and see how that effects your energy levels for a few weeks.
#2. How many calories are you eating?
Calories = Energy.
People look at a nutrition label and they see calories as a big scary number. As if 200 calories on a label is a lot.. but what matters is what makes up those calories, not the total amount. So next time you see a label that says 200 calories, think of that as 200 energy and then check out the rest of the label to see what nutrients are within that amount of energy. If you're low on energy, it's likely that you're not consuming enough calories. Use this simple (estimated) calculation to find your target caloric intake:
#3. What are you consuming?
Low energy can mean lack of nutrients. If you're eating fast food every day, your body isn't getting the nutrients it needs to sustain.
#4. Are you overweight?
If you're overweight your body has to work harder to function and perform daily tasks. This sucks more energy out of you than someone at a healthy weight. If you're overweight and your sick of feeling sluggish and tired all the time, let's get you on a fitness and nutrition plan to lose 15 pounds within a few months. Your energy levels will improve within a few weeks of starting a program with me!
#5. Are you unwinding?
Stress is a factor in a lot of health issues. For myself, stress causes me to lose sleep and drains my energy faster. So to make sure I conserve energy throughout my day:
#6. Are you drinking enough water?
#7. Are you eating enough protein? Muscular fatigue can make your entire body feel drained and sluggish. If you have prolonged muscle soreness it's likely you need to up your protein intake.
I get through my days with enough energy by: