Does anyone have any ideas for energy boosting. I am usually an early riser (6:30-7am every morning) and ever since I started calorie counting I have been super tired! I don't want to wake up until 10am and I am going to bed by 11pm... some days I even want to nap in the middle of the day...
I really need something to motivate me to get moving! Any ideas?
or could you be depressed?
I also agree with nomoreexcuses that maybe depression is at work here - check that out.
I also have found that the more I exercise, the more energy I have. I know that sounds crazy, but for me it holds true.
I agree with what the others have said--if you're noticeably more tired even with eating the correct foods and exercising regularly, you may want to add a few hundred calories a day, just for the time being. It's hard for the body to adapt to fewer calories, but 2 extra 100-calorie snacks per day may make a world of difference. My other advice, if you aren't already doing so, is to eat smaller meals all day long rather than largish meals, which can make you lethargic. Also, make sure you're getting carbs AND protein together every time you eat.
I can relate to the getting up early--I'm up before 5 am every day. If I didn't eat every few hours and make sure I was getting enough protein (most carbs tend to spike your blood sugar and then leave you tired soon afterward), I'd be a mess by 3pm!
I think maybe I can help...I'm 21 and actually went to my doc about being so tired since starting to count calories, so she tested me for anemia, and it turned out I was slightly anemic, which apparently happens to a lot of perople who start counting calories coz the idea of that big fatty lamb chop just seems toooo much..well my answer is
I make sure to get protien in at lunch time, and it really seems to help.Tuna! Tinned tuna on ryevita(cracker bread) or sardines on low gi wholegrain bread, and instead of lettuce in salad, put in some raw spinach, which has great iron in it!
Also,,,,, having a carb like a baked potato or something at lunch time really seems to help prevent that horrible afternoon dip we all seem to experience, dont overeat at lunch though, coz that can also make you tired.
Another thing is that for caffine takes about 7 hours to wear off, so if you have caffine too close to bed time, you're setting yourself up for a poor sleep.
other energy boosters include a small banana, or raisins.
Then, if you're feeling depressed, or just a bit down, try having ONE block of dark chocolate (i mean the good stuff, at LEAST 70% cocao) every two hours between 10am and 2pm, it really helps lift your mood,
Do you drink a lot of caffiene?
I know it sounds crazy but I honestly believe that caffiene can actually make you more tired in the long run. I gave it up about 6 months ago and I've found that I don't get that lethargic feeling after meals and I wake up a lot quicker in the mornings.
Also, you retain a lot less water when you are caffiene free, gives you a nice surprise on the scales!
Im gona try some of these ideas thanks guys!
You might want to get your thyroid checked, along with your iron. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before you start a diet. I know this is an old-school mantra but it is true! Women are more at risk for low thyroid and anemia. You also may get some good advice from your MD about how much of each food group to eat. He or she should be able to tell you how much you should weigh, how many calories you should aim for and whether you should add a multi-vitamin to the mix. And you don't want to wreck your metabolism or weaken your bones. Call your doctor!