Tips for Boosting Energy
What is a calorie anyway? By definition, a calorie is the amount of energy required to raise 1 gram of water, 1 degree Celsius. Bottom line, calories are energy. They’re used for every vital process that happens in our bodies. Calories are frequently vilified in our diet-conscious culture, but we need them! And quite a few of them at that. Calories from diverse, nutritious sources are our body’s one and only source of energy.
You may have heard of vitamins or supplements that can increase your energy, but do not be fooled! Vitamins and minerals can assist your metabolism in breaking down calories for usable energy, but calories and calories alone can provide you with the energy you need.
Follow the tips below to keep your energy levels high during these chilly months:
1) Know your numbers – Know how much energy your body requires in a day. You can use a calorie calculator like ours at http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com. Or, the most accurate way to find your numbers is with a resting metabolic rate test, available in our office. http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/Products/Dietitian
2) Include carbs and protein at each meal/snack – Carbohydrates are your body’s form of quick energy. They are easily broken down and swiftly used to supply your brain and body with the boost it needs. Protein provides sustained energy. Harder to break down, its larger structures keep you going over a longer period of time.
3) Smaller meals and more snacks – Food is fuel. Each meal and snack you eat raises your blood sugar levels with good-for-you sugar to be distributed to any and all energy-needing organs. Large meals followed by long periods of time without food typically results in peaks and valleys in your blood sugar levels, and might result in an urge for an afternoon nap. Eat less (but not too much less!) at meal times and have a snack in between.
4) Variety – At the end of the day, calories aren’t all the matter. Getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs to run efficiently is crucial to providing your body with sustained energy and overall improvements in health. Focus on incorporating colorful fruits and veggies into your meals and snacks. Opt for unprocessed whole grains, and lean animal products over their refined or fatty counterparts. In the end, the healthier your body is, the more energized you will feel.
Today’s article contributed by GMM Registered Dietitian, Rachel Baer, RD, LD.