Eat to Boost Your Energy
Rev your engine with these energizing foods
Fire Up the Engine
The carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in food provide calories to fuel
exercise and energize your body. Contrary to myth, vitamins and minerals do not
themselves provide any energy. (They are, however, involved in the process of
converting nutrients into fuel for energy and are an important part of a
Carbohydrates are the body's preferred form of fuel because they can be
quickly converted to glucose for energy. Eating a light snack of carbohydrates
right before exercise is a good idea for quick energy.
For longer-lasting energy, eat protein along with the carbs to slow down the
rate at which your body absorbs them. But be sure you don't include too much
"Any food with calories will give you energy; however, foods high in fat
stimulate production of serotonin, [a brain chemical] that can make you feel
sluggish and tired," according to Benardot.
So mixed meals that contain small amounts of healthy fats, along with
protein and complex carbohydrates, are the foundation for an energizing
The best energizing foods are those that are rich in complex carbohydrates,
protein, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting
substances. Put these foods together along with small amounts of healthy fats
for a balanced diet that is sure to provide you energy all day long.
Here are a just a few of the energizing foods that will do your body good.
As long as you don't eat them in excess, these foods will make you feel lighter
-- and more inspired to move around.
- Low fat dairy products
- Whole grains
- Citrus fruit
- Sweet potatoes
Start off your new year eating small, healthful meals more often, and see
how much better you feel. You'll gain energy, helping you to approach each new
day with a renewed feeling of optimism and enthusiasm. And what have you got to
lose, except maybe a few pounds?