Eating the right types of food, getting enough rest, taking the best supplements for men, and effective stress management are all hallmarks of good nutrition and when you follow such a regimen, you would think that you will energetic for most of your waking moments, right? Well, that is actually not always the case.
Proper nutrition relies heavily on the food that you eat but there might be instances where you gorge on unhealthy food options that may negatively impact your energy levels (and may even lead to unwanted weight gain as well).
A ‘healthy’ diet is a perceived diet where people might think that they are doing the right thing, but how exactly sure are you?
Well today, I am going to provide you with some tweaks if you still feel fatigued even though you are following the right nutrition plan.
This may sound counterintuitive, but if you really boil it down to the finer details, you will understand why this method works.
Far too often, we rely on eating foods only three times a day. That was good before because there are only a handful of studies that tackle nutrition. But, as new research has surfaced, eating only three meals a day will not do well for your energy levels.
It is much better, in fact, if you eat smaller meals with increased frequency; think about eating 5-6 smaller meals a day.
This will ensure that your body will receive enough nutrients for the rest of the day, provided that you space your meals accordingly.
Stay Away from White Bread
The modern diet mostly consists of refined carbs like white bread, pancakes, and muffins and while they are no doubt delicious, they actually do not bode well for your body.
That is because they are simple carbs that will give you an energy boost, albeit not long-lasting as you’ve hoped them to be.
If you want a more sustainable energy source, think about getting soluble fiber. This can be acquired from eating whole grains like oatmeal or brown rice.
Soluble and insoluble fiber is actually digested in the intestinal tract and will provide a safety net that slows down the absorption of sugar and fat (which will lead to prolonged energy levels throughout the day).
Do Not Completely Avoid Red Meat
You’ve been probably told by some people that you should avoid red meat like the plague, but that is actually just bad advice.
According to sports dietitian, Meridan Zerner, even if you think you are eating the right foods, ditching red meat entirely may lead to iron-deficiency which will result in poor energy levels.
Beef and other red meats are rich in iron and should be a part of your diet. Though, I do have to caution that you take it moderately.
Eat the ‘Right’ Vegetables
Before I talk about eating the ‘right’ vegetables, all vegetables are healthy. But, if you want the most bang for the buck, go for cruciferous vegetables instead.
Think about kale and broccoli. These vegetables contain isothiocyanates which can help increase mitochondria levels in your body- the ones that are responsible for converting food into ATP or usable energy.