Most of us are guilty of eating for pleasure or out of habit at one point or another. You should
concentrate instead on eating for energy because, after all, the reason we eat food is to fuel
Eating for energy means feeling your best at all times throughout the day. Think about how you
feel after a healthy meal compared to how you feel after a trip to a fast food restaurant. The
difference is amazing, and what you put into your body will also reflect in your looks. The two
most important factors when eating for energy are blood sugar level and hydration.
It is crucial to maintain your blood sugar level in order to keep your energy levels up at all times.
Eating three meals a day plus two small snacks, or six small meals a day, is your best bet to
maintaining blood sugar levels. It is also important to eat breakfast each and every day.
Overnight your body goes a long time without food. It is recommended to eat within an hour of
waking up so that your blood sugar levels will be boosted and your body re-fueled after a night's
rest. Breakfast will also prevent you from overeating later on in the day.
High quality foods that are dense in nutrients should make up most of your diet. When you go
shopping, stick to farmers markets or stay away from the aisles and shop in the outer sections
of the store. The aisles generally contain processed foods, whereas the outer parts usually
contain fresh produce and lean meats as well as low fat dairy products. Your diet should also
be very colorful. Make sure to eat meal containing at least three different colors of fruits and
vegetables so that you can ensure your nutritional needs are being met. Dark green and orange
vegetables are especially nutritious and contain a large amount of antioxidants. When shopping
for dairy, choose low fat options or alternatives such as soy milk. If you are a meat eater, limit
your intake, but also choose organic versions of meats where available. Lean poultry and
certain types of fish such as salmon are the lowest in fat and contain the most proteins. Choose
the right types of fats for your meals, such as those in olive oil, avocado, fish, nuts, and seeds.
Hydration is a very important part of weight loss. The number one cause of fatigue is
dehydration, because most people only drink when they are thirsty. By the time you are thirsty,
you are already dehydrated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and sip it throughout the
day. Drink more water when you are in hot weather, and make sure to hydrate before, during,
and after you work out.