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June 13, 2009 at 8:11 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Increase Your Energy Naturally and Lose Weight

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The great thing about weight and energy is just how closely linked they are. If you lose weight, you'll increase your energy. If you increase your energy, you'll naturally lose weight. But if you're having trouble summoning the energy to get up and get going, try these tips to help.

Start Small

Get more physical activity, but start small. Begin by just going on a ten minute walk. If you tend to feel tired in the afternoons, grab a quick walk around the block or building. The fresh air will do you good, and a quick walk will get your blood flowing and oxygenated. If you don't regularly exercise, incorporate a quick walk into your daily routine. Walk for short periods in the morning, after lunch, and in the evening. Eventually you'll find your fitness levels are boosted and you may even notice some weight loss.

Don't Skip Meals

Better yet, eat frequent smaller meals. If you have a tendency to indulge in a large meal and then feel sluggish and tired afterwards, consider eating smaller meals every couple of hours. This way you'll never get so hungry that you over eat, and you'll be able to eat a wide variety of food.

Limit the Alcohol and Caffeine

If you drink alcohol or caffeine, do so wisely. Consume caffeine in the mornings only, and avoid it after noon so you can sleep better at night. Drink alcohol in moderation (remember it's loaded with calories) and skip the nightcap, which will only make you wake up as the night wears on; so avoid alcohol 2 to 3 hours before bed.

Decrease Stress

Decreasing stress will help your mind feel better and that effect will influence your body as well. Stress weakens our immune systems and makes us anxious and irritable. Decreasing stress is good for your mind and body.

Sleep Well

Be sure to get plenty of sleep. You may think 5 hours is enough, but if you find yourself lagging behind in the afternoons, you probably need to get more sleep. Try going to bed just one half hour early for a week and see how it helps. If you can, increase it to one hour.

Drink Water

Even very slight dehydration can make us feel fatigued and lethargic. Work to consume at least 8 cups of water each day. This can be made easier by keeping a water bottle with you at all times, especially at work. You'll be more likely to drink water than soda and will drink more if it's there.

Eat Well

This involves many different factors; try to eat a balanced diet, focusing on whole grains, lean fiber, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit the amount of sugar and fat you eat as they both make your feel slugging and slow afterwards. Avoid processed foods as much as possible and opt for fresh healthy options.


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