Maintaining Energy Levels While Dieting
Dieting should never mean depriving your body of what it needs, but unfortunately many people do just that in order to shed pounds. For example, how many people do you know (perhaps even yourself) who have dropped weight by using the “crash diet” method? By reducing food and calorie consumption we can allow ourselves to drop weight rapidly, but we also cue our bodies to begin gobbling up muscle instead of fat. This leaves the body deprived of energy and efficiency, and also makes us prone to future weight gain.
Dieting shouldn’t “cost” the body anything, and one of the biggest tolls that dieters pay is in their energy levels. This is not necessary, and it is actually relatively easy to maintain energy levels while dieting by following a few simple guidelines.
The first is be sure that your body is fully hydrated. Whether you realize it or not, you may be feeling extremely tired because you are not pumping enough fluids into your daily diet. Naturally, plenty of decaffeinated and sugarless beverages are the best ways to get ample hydration, but you might also give yourself an added energy boost by consuming a piece of fruit that has a high water content as well. For example, a handful of grapes is going to give your body a lot of fluid, some natural energy, and a boost of fiber. These kinds of energy boosters are much better than a blast of caffeine that will leave you dehydrated and suffering from the inevitable “crash” that follows.
If you find that you just don’t have enough energy to stick to your workout routine, even when you are not crash dieting and when you are sure you are consuming ample fluids, go ahead and have that coffee. Remember, however, that the best way to drink coffee while dieting is to consume it with plenty of milk. This changes it into a high protein beverage, which is the best way to “amp up” energy.