Are you trying to follow a weight loss plan, but your new lifestyle has you feeling fatigued? Are you hoping to get into better shape, but you’re frequently too tired for exercise? Fatigue can affect every area of your life, from work to personal relationships to, yes, your health. It’s better to address the cause of your fatigue now, than to fall further behind on reaching your personal goals.
Are you sleeping enough? This is the most obvious cause of fatigue, so let’s get it out of the way first. Not only should you be sleeping eight hours per night; that rest should be quality sleep as well. If you’re waking frequently, or tossing and turning all night, invest in the tools you need to sleep better. Room darkening shades, a quality mattress and pillow, or a white noise machine can go a long way. If you’re not sure of the cause of your slumber troubles, make an appointment with a sleep specialist.
Are you exercising enough? Regular activity boosts your energy levels. So even if you’re feeling run-down, commit to something simple like a fifteen-minute walk. Often after you get moving (especially outdoors in the sunshine), you will find that your energy returns.
Or, are you exercising too much? On the other hand, it is possible to exercise too much. If you’ve pushed yourself extra hard for several days in a row, remember to incorporate a rest day so that your body can recuperate. Sometimes exhaustion is a sign that you need to slow down.
How is your diet? Obviously, you should avoid caffeine in the afternoon. But sugar is another common culprit in sleep difficulties. Make sure to pair protein and healthy fats with complex carbohydrates, including plenty of fiber. This eating style helps you digest food more slowly and evenly, preventing blood sugar spikes and crashes.
If fatigue is affecting your weight loss plan, call our office to schedule an appointment. We can help you pinpoint the root of your troubles, offer dietary advice and encouragement, and get you feeling better.