2 Tricks for Seriously Boosting Your Energy Levels
Everyone wants to have more energy during the day, and it seems that in our 24/7, constantly-on, digital world, being primed for action at any given moment is key to success and happiness both in work and in life more generally.
But despite this great demand for attention, and the abundance of caffeine and other stimulants, it seems like there are fewer and fewer people who have energiser bunny endurance or the vital strength to throw around gas oil drums and bend steel bars.
Here are some tips that can help you to seriously boost your energy levels, today. While some of them might seem a bit odd or unmanageable at first, read on.
Quit all stimulants (plus alcohol)
To suggest that quitting all stimulants — including coffee and nicotine — can be a great way of boosting your energy levels, might seem insane to the average person who relies so heavily on caffeine as a crutch to get through the day, that even one day without the stuff causes headaches and constant fatigue.
Here’s the trick, though — caffeine is, in fact, a drug, and like all other drugs, it has profound impacts on your brain’s output of different hormones and sensitivity to those hormones, among other things.
When you routinely use caffeine, your stress hormone production will be chronically elevated, and your body will protect itself by becoming desensitised to those hormones, so that you need more and more of them to feel the same rush.
In other words, whereas one cup of coffee might have given you jitters all day in the past, you now find that you need three just to “wake up” in the morning.
There are many reasons why constant use of stimulants is harmful in the long term. Quitting them — and making it through the uncomfortable adjustment period — will mean you emerge on the other side with a rebalanced hormonal system, and sensitivity, that’s capable of giving you all the energy you need to make it through the day, without taking any stimulants.
A quick note, however — alcohol has similar effects on the body’s energy levels. To really experience these benefits, you’ll need to kick the booze too.
Stop dieting and counting calories or restricting macronutrients, and eat your fill of healthy foods
There are probably millions of diets out there today, and each of them makes outlandish claims about its ability to change your life for the better.
The common side effects of chronic dieting, however, are a chronic shortage of calories or vital macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats), which in turn leads to a ruined metabolism, a stressed out thyroid (and the onset of hypothyroidism), blood sugar imbalances, and more.
Here’s the secret: many diets will make you feel good in the short term — maybe even great — largely because of the boost in hormones like adrenaline.
Over time, your body wears out from the constant stress and stress involved, weight loss stalls, mood and energy levels crash, and more.
To combat this — stop dieting. Stop restricting macronutrients. Get off your low carb or low-fat diet. Begin eating your fill of healthy, balanced foods, throughout the day, whenever you feel hungry.
It’s likely that after a prolonged period of dieting you’ll have more food sensitivities than usual. These often pass or lesson shortly after breaking the dieting cycle.