How to eat to feel more energetic
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If you find yourself reaching for a super-strength coffee to get you through the afternoon slump, you're not alone. Low-level fatigue that lasts all day is so common in our society that many doctors use an acronym to describe the symptom – TATT (‘Tired All The Time’). While it's always worth visiting your GP to rule out any medical conditions, paying close attention to your diet and lifestyle can help you feel more alert and energetic throughout the day.
Three tips for boosting energy levels
1. Eat slow-release carbs
Choose slow-release carbs such as oats, as well as wholegrain versions of bread, rice and pasta – these supply a steady source of fuel for the body so you don’t end up running on empty.
2. Balance your macros
‘Macros’ or ‘macronutrients’ refer to carbs, protein and fat. Even if you choose slow-release carbs, such as wholegrain varieties, eating too much of them can make you feel lethargic.
3. Get enough quality sleep
This one may be obvious, but it's easy to forget about! Don’t attempt to burn the candle at both ends – adequate rest is crucial for supporting energy levels.