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Energy Boosting Diet Tips

Mon, Feb 27, 2012

Energy Boosts, Natural Weight Loss

Are you looking for more energy?

Do you get tired by the afternoon and feel like you need a nap? Do you come home from work and crash on the couch because you just don’t have enough energy?

Your diet could be the key to getting rid of your fatigue and unleashing more energy than you can imagine!

Energy Boosting Diet Tips

One of the most important parts of any diet plan is eating the right foods. There are foods that are bad for you and then there are foods that are good for you. Some of those good foods even have extra special benefits, like the ability to give you more energy. What can you do with that extra energy? Pretty much anything, but I suggest kicking up your fitness routine for better health all around.

Let’s start off with the worst foods for energy. These are the foods that will make you tired and drain your energy. Energy depleting foods include all of the sugary foods. Stay away from soda, candy bars, cakes and anything else that has a lot of sugar in it. These sweets raise insulin levels which in turn causes our bodies to lower blood sugar levels. This is what makes you sleepy after eating sweets. You will also find your energy limits lowered when your daily diet is deficient in certain vitamins. Vitamins C & D, and iron are important to keep you going and keep you motivated. Make sure you get them in your diet every day (Except for Vitamin D, which you should probably supplement at least 4000 to 6000 IU a day if you’re not getting enough sunlight exposure every day).

Now that you know what foods to avoid, here are the foods you should eat if you want more life and more energy in every one of your days. Think of all you can accomplish in a day with a healthy nutrition enhanced energy boost!

Healthy Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are important for health in general, but they also keep energy stores in the body. Carbohydrates are the primary source of glycogen store within your liver and muscles. When looking for carbohydrates pick whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Your fruits and vegetables will be doing double duty, or more, keeping your vitamin C up, as well as giving you nutrients that will keep you full of pep. Beans and legumes make great carbohydrate resources too.

Carbohydrate rich fruits include apricots, figs, blueberries, bananas, apples, oranges and even strawberries. Vegetables rich in carbohydrates include potatoes, yams, carrots and radishes.

Energy Rich Nutrients

Nutrients help with the breakdown and production of energy in our bodies. In order to sustain energy levels you need to get some of the following nutrients in your daily diet: B vitamins, selenium and carnitine.

B vitamins convert the food your body digests into energy and help maintain a healthy metabolism. Foods rich in B vitamins include low fat meats, fish, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Vegetables that are rich in the various forms of vitamin B include bell peppers, broccoli and spinach.

Selenium regulates the conversion of energy throughout the body. It is a trace mineral. Selenium rich foods include Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, fish, low fat meats, whole grains and onions.

Carnitine is an amino acid and it helps release energy from the body’s fatty acid reserves. You can find carnitine in avocados, fish and poultry.

Quick Fix Boosters

Need a quick energy boost. Maybe your lunch weighed you down and you are ready to curl up for a nap. Instead of getting caught sleeping on the job, try munching on some super foods. Super because they can give you a super boost of energy. Bananas and potatoes are great boosters, both fast-acting and long-lasting.

High glycemic index (GI) foods are foods that are high in simple carbohydrates. These foods provide a rise in blood sugar levels, but then they wear off fairly quickly. High GI foods with balanced protein can add a more long lasting boost. Try some peanut butter or yogurt for a quick, lasting boost of energy.

The best ways to utilize the extra energy boost your foods can give to you is to start your day with a carbohydrate and protein rich breakfast. Always be sure to eat lunch, to keep your energy from faltering. And, of course, chose energy rich snacks to keep you going.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Kelley Keats Says:

    Awesome Message, Was worth reading it

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