Have more energy and lose weight
Are you often struggling with your energy levels? Do you have bursts of energy followed by slumps that leave you feeling tired and irritable? Have coffee, tea and sweets become regular boosters that help you get through the day?The afternoon lows in particular seem to have become the norm for most of my clients. I wonder if they are the reason the concept of the English afternoon tea was invented.Getting your foods right can give you control over your energy levels, and more importantly, improve your will-power to resist the sweets in the afternoon.This is because much of the energy control is about keeping your blood sugar levels on an even keel. Unfortunately caffeine and sugar aren’t the best two substances for this job. Any food high in sugar, including the afternoon snack favourites like biscuits and chocolate bars, will send your blood sugar levels on a steep upward trajectory.Tea and coffee also do a similar job. Even if you are not adding sugar to your drinks, the caffeine itself will stimulate your body to release sugar from storage back into circulation.Your body can only handle around two teaspoons of sugar in the blood stream at any time. Go over that, and it will do all it can to quickly get rid of the extra sugar. The best way to deal with the excess amounts of this offending substance is to store it away. If you haven’t guessed yet, the best way to store sugar is to turn it into fat.Apart from the sneaky weight gain, the other problem with rapidly rising sugar levels is that they will come down at an equal speed. The initial energy rush that the sugar will give you will be followed by an energy slump as the sugar levels come hurtling down.Most of us have been there, and some ride this roller coaster every day, many times a day. You eat something sugary and perk up for a little while. But after an hour or so, you start feeling drowsy, irritable and crave for something sweet to pick you up again. Sound familiar?So here’s what you can do. Because protein digests more slowly than any other foods, including it in all of your meals will help slow down the sugar highs. You’ll have energy that will last for a little longer and as a bonus have fewer cravings. Snacks are meals too, so the same rule should apply. Good snack combinations would be a piece of fruit (still quite sugary on its own), combined with a handful of nuts or some natural yoghurt.Make an effort to also reduce your dependence on caffeine to give you energy. If you include more healthy snacks into your diet and drink plenty of water, you can slowly start weaning yourself off coffee. One cup a day as a treat combined with energy boosting snacks is a much better way to go.If you want to do some more work on both your energy levels and your weight, then take a look at the Metabolic Balance plan, which in an individualised way of dealing both of these issues. You can expect to gain more energy and lose pounds at the same time!