Increasing Energy And Stamina When Dieting

Wondering how to keep active while lowering your calorie intake?  Here are some healthy tips!

Balance is key!  If on a minimum of 1,200 calories per day, 50-55% should be coming from carbohydrates, 15-20% from protein, and 25-30% fat.

Ensure that you eat a high fiber, low refined carbohydrate diet:  For example, if you’re going to eat bread, select 100% whole wheat. Stay away from “white” and “enriched” bread and foods

Eat smaller, frequent meals rather than a few, large meals:  It is recommended to eat 3 meals and 2-3 healthy snacks per day. We are not talking snicker bars here! Try an apple or a half a cup of blueberries. This will help maintain blood sugar levels while increasing your satiety.

Stay hydrated: Hydration is vitally important. Drink water prior, during and after exercise.  Men on average should consume about 13 8-oz servings of water per day. Women should consume about 9 8-oz servings.

Decrease your caffeine intake: Consume less than 400mg of caffeine per day. If you need caffeine, consume 2 oz every 2 hrs is the best dose of caffeine for energy. Opt for smaller cups of coffee instead of one large one: your body can only process a limited amount of caffeine at a time.

Increase your physical activity: increase your maximum aerobic capacity through your exercise. Exercise improves your mood immediately and it is great for your heart!