5 diet tips for higher energy
Your diet can be have a major influence on your physical and mental well being.
Here are 5 tips for higher energy
1. Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals will dip your energy levels. Although this is hardly news, so many people still skip meals for one reason or another despite the warning signs. To keep it going, your body relies on a constant source of energy to keep it going. Eating well-balanced meals and snacks at regular intervals throughout the day, can also keep your blood sugar level on a relatively even keel. However, when you skip meals, your blood sugar will plummet along with your energy levels.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day since you haven’t eaten from the night before and you will need the energy that a proper breakfast will provide. Consume a ‘power snack’ in the afternoon, too. This will carry you through the long stretch between lunch and dinner.
2. Be like Goldilocks: meals need to be ‘just right’
The size of your meals matters. If you don’t eat enough, you just won’t have enough fuel to hold you until your next meal or snack, and when you eat a big meal, your body must spend a lot of energy processing this food, which can leave you feeling lethargic. Plan your meals and snacks so that you eat just enough to leave you satisfied—not stuffed. If you’re eating every few hours, you don’t need huge meals.
3. Make sure you’re eating enough protein
Protein helps you feel more satisfying and helps keep you mentally alert, as well as repairing muscle and tissue. It is important to have a protein in every meal.
4. Drink often enough that you don’t ever feel thirsty
Dehydration can make you tired, affecting your ability to think clearly and concentrate.
5. Balance out your meals for ongoing energy
Balanced meals and snacks support energy levels. Because proteins, carbs and fats are digested at different rates, meals that have a balance of these nutrients will give you stable energy. If you eat an all carb meal, everything will get digested at pretty much the same rate—and pretty quickly, too. Without some protein to keep you going, you’ll find your energy dipping in no time.
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