Keen to beat tiredness and feel more energised throughout the day? Discover how BBC Good Food's Healthy Diet Plans can help boost your energy levels.
If you find yourself reaching for a super-strength coffee to get you through the afternoon slump, you're not alone. Low-level fatigue that lasts all day is so common in our society that many doctors use an acronym to describe the symptom – TATT ('Tired All The Time'). While it's always worth visiting your GP to rule out any medical conditions, paying close attention to your diet and lifestyle can really help you feel more alert and energetic throughout the day.
We asked nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens for her three top tips to boost your energy throughout the day, plus how the recipes from our latest Healthy Diet Plan can help you achieve your goal.
Three tips for boosting energy levels
1. Eat slow-release carbs
Choose slow-release carbs such as oats as well as wholegrain versions of bread, rice and pasta – these supply a steady supply of fuel for the body so you don’t end up running on ‘empty’. In our Healthy Diet Plan, we've focused on slow-release carbs such as in our brown rice salad for lunch (pictured above) and many of the breakfasts, which include a healthy chocolate porridge (yes, you read that right) and a delicious nutty muesli. Sign up to get all the recipes.
2. Balance your macros
'Macros' or 'macronutrients' refers to carbs, protein and fat. Even if you choose slow-release carbs (such as wholegrain varieties) eating too much of them can make you feel lethargic. All the recipes in our Healthy Diet Plan are designed to provide a good balance between complex carbs and healthy fats (such as those in nuts and avocado) and lean protein (such as beans, fish and fillet steak – pictured above).
3. Get enough quality sleep
This one may be obvious, but it's easy to forget about! Don’t attempt to burn the candle at both ends – adequate rest is crucial for supporting energy levels. Try our top tips for a good night's sleep.
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