How to Keep Energy and Focus on a Diet

How to Keep Energy and Focus on a Diet

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How to Keep Energy and Focus on a Diet

1. Coconut Oil

Every time that you go more than two hours without eating, your blood sugar drops, which is bad for your energy levels. Energy is what propels us through our day so we can get more done faster.

Eating supplies your body and brain with glucose, which your body converts to adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Your body needs ATP to keep from burning muscle instead of fat as well as to keep your energy levels stable throughout the day. Without ADP, you will feel drowsy, moody, slow and unfocused, and those gains that you have worked so hard for will be eaten into.

How does it do this? Coconut oil is largely made up of healthy natural saturated fats called MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). Compared to longer-chain triglycerides, such as meats and dairy, these MCTs are easily digested and utilized by the body, rather than stored as fat.

This ease in digestion is due to the fact that MCTs are sent directly to your liver, where they are converted into immediately available energy. In contrast, LCTs (long chain triglycerides), found in many vegetable and nut oils, put strain on your liver, pancreas and entire digestive system, eventually being stored as fat rather than used for immediate energy.

This creates increased energy levels immediately, and stimulates your body’s metabolism, leading to a healthier, more balanced body

The best way to get the coconut oil to do its magic is to eat small spoonfuls of coconut oil throughout the day. This will keep your mind fueled and able, as well as give your body the energy that it needs to function, continuing to burn fat and not muscle.

2. Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is a popular fad right now, and for good reason. But how can this help you specifically when on a calorie-reduced diet?

Grass-fed butter is full of omega-3 fatty acids – these will reduce your levels of cortisol.

Cortisol is a hormone that plays a key role in your central nervous system. Cortisol is a key player in learning, concentration, memory and emotion, and it plays a role in the immune system in relation to the inflammatory responses, just to name a few.

Grass fed butter can help you fight this. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce your levels of cortisol and thus reduce your biological response to stress. In the US, we suffer from a dramatic deficiency of Omega 3 fatty acids, so it is important to make it a point to consume foods with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, especially when under increased stress.

3. Ashwagandha Supplement

How does this herb work?

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen – an agent that promotes biochemical balance in the brain and body. Adaptogens help you to adapt to stress, keeping your mental function alert even during times of calorie deficit.

It has been shown to enhance GABA receptors and serotonin in the brain.GABA is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. GABA helps to relieve anxiety, boost mood and improve sleep. GABA also helps to relieve pain from injuries, increase resilience during exercise, burn fat and increase growth of lean muscle mass.

1. 8 Reasons You Should Be Using Coconut Oil; mensfitness.com
http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/8-reasons-you-should-be-using-coconut-oil/slide/1
(also pulled info from Coconut Oil: The Good Kind of Fat https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mxc1DIPFYbS-WscS9L4gUJqpnaUbT8O_mr1vUcOxyAU/edit?usp=sharing)
2. 5 Ways Your Health Diet is Making you Tired; health.com
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20723556_2,00.html
3. 7 Things Coffee Does to Your Body: mensfitness.com
http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/7-things-coffee-does-your-body/slide/6
4. Inside the Personal Health Laboratory of Bulletproof Coffee’s Dave Asprey; mensfitness.com
http://www.mensfitness.com/life/entertainment/inside-personal-health-laboratory-bulletproof-coffees-dave-asprey-worlds-most?page=3
5. How Does Ashwagandha Work in the Brain: ashwagandha.com
https://www.ashwagandha.com/brain-health/how-does-ashwagandha-work-in-the-brain
6. What is Ashwagandha? Chorpa.com
http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha
7. GABA: webmd.com
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/gaba-uses-and-risks
8. Clayton’s Health Facts: Ashwagandha
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/southfacts_ashwagandha.htm