Tired. Fatigue. Sometimes even getting up off the couch is a chore.
Well I totally understand. And I know it can be frustrating. And many of the physicians I work with say that their patients complain about this all the time.
So how to do you fix this?
Well, most people preach – Exercise. But I think it starts with diet. What you eat will help to give you that jolt you need in the first place to begin exercise.
It will help you to turbo charge your exercise efforts and keep it up throughout your workout and beyond. And this is what you need.
But most people don’t know what to eat. Are you the same way? No problem…
Diabetes And Energy Explained
Before I get into the how on increasing your energy, first I’d like to tell you what causes you to lose energy.
When you aren’t active and eat the wrong foods, this is what leads to that loss of energy.
Our bodies aren’t designed to eat large amounts and not move in order to burn off the calories that we eat.
Most people will notice that when their blood sugar numbers are running high, they feel more tired than usual. And have less energy.
One reasons for the lack of energy is because your cells aren’t getting the sugar they need for energy. AND, when they are resistant to insulin, sugar remains in your bloodstream.
It’s like a domino effect.
This is why it is important to take the necessary steps:
- Control your blood sugar – through the foods you eat, medications etc.
- Improve insulin sensitivity
- Lose weight if you’re overweight (All of those excess calories that you don’t use, your body stores a fat)
One last point on this is sometimes the medications you are taking can decrease your energy. And some medications make you gain weight. If this sounds familiar it may be time to talk to your doctor.
Diabetic Energy Foods
There are two ways to fix low energy levels with diabetes. The first is diet. Here are some foods that can help to give you that boost you need:
- Lean meats
- Whole grains
- Unprocessed foods
The second way to add a little pep in your step is to exercise or get moving a little bit more. The more sedentary you are, the more likely that you will zap your energy reservoir. When you give exercise a try, here are some great ways to get your energy levels up:
- Weight training (Focus on the large muscle groups – legs, back, chest and midsection)
- Calisthenics (pushups, pull-ups and setups)
Just about any type of exercise that builds muscle is great for increasing your energy levels. And it will help to improve insulin sensitivity, which I mentioned above.
Prior to using any of this information, please consult with your physician.