Losing weight can be a real challenge. Keeping your energy up while restricting calories can be an even bigger challenge. There are things you can do, however, to help stay energized and still lose weight. This article will present several health tips to help you do just that. It will cover food choices, timing of meals, supplements, and exercise.
The foods you choose to eat will make a big difference in how you feel and how much energy you have throughout the day. Eating foods that provide both micro and macronutrients will serve you best in both losing weight and keeping you fully energized. This means minimizing refined foods. Refined foods have been stripped of their micronutrients and usually contain mostly carbohydrates and fats. Without certain micronutrients to assist in energy production, much of the food gets stored and you feel sluggish. The opposite of what your trying to do. Eat your food as unrefined as possible, you would also do well to take a multivitamin to make up for anything that might be missing. This will give you the best environment for turning the food you eat into energy.
Timing your meals can also make a big difference in how much fat you store versus how much energy you have throughout the day. Eating more carbohydrate rich meals in the early part of your day and tapering off as the day goes on will allow you burn more of the “energy” calories when your most active. You eat mostly protein at night to create an environment of repair and rebuilding while you rest. It is also important to eat fewer, smaller meals. This will keep your metabolism higher than if you were eating 2 or 3 larger meals. Try 5 or 6 meals per day.
There are a lot of fat burning supplements out there, but sometimes it’s best to go with those that have been time tested. For the purposes of energy when restricting calories, caffeine is one of the best of the time tested supplements/drugs. It has acts as both a stimulant and a speeds up your metabolism. Caffeine is a drug and needs to be taken with some caution and in moderation. At low doses, as in coffee, you should still take into consideration that this drug can be contraindicated for people who are suffering from osteopenia as it interferes with calcium absorption. Also refrain from using caffeine if you have any heart condition, or suffer from insomnia or anxiety.
Exercise is very important when trying to lose fat. But the wrong kind of exercise can do more harm than good, while the right kind can accelerate your efforts and give you energy to spare. The wrong kind of exercise is doing marathon sessions that last for hours. This makes recovery very difficult, which makes you prone to getting sick easily. Doing this also releases catabolic hormones, which breaks down muscle tissue and then leaves you with a worse body composition that you started with, making it easier to put on fat. Brief, intense workout sessions have the opposite effect and help you stay healthy, motivated, energized, and losing fat.
Use these health tips to keep yourself full of energy while your moving toward your weight loss goals.