So you woke up, had breakfast around 8am, went to work, then maybe a snack around 10am, then lunch around 12noon, then another snack around 2pm, now it’s getting close to 3pm and you can barely keep your eyes open at your desk.
If you have ever experienced this, it’s called the 3 o’clock slump, and trust me when I say it is noooo Bueno! What’s worse is when you feel the 3 o’clock slump all day long and can’t seem to get past the brain fog.
Well, I have some good news, there is a way to naturally reduce this tired, sluggish feeling so that you feel focused and energized throughout the day.
You’re probably wondering why around 3 o’clock specifically, your energy levels start to drop? Well for many people the issue is that they are over feeding their bodies, especially feeding it with dense carbohydrates.
Now, carbohydrates really can come from pretty much anything that isn’t protein or fat, so if you’re eating cookies, cake or even vegetables and fruit you are taking in some amount of carbs. Once carbohydrates hits your body, it turns into glucose, which pretty much is sugar.
When that sugar gets in your body, insulin is released. Insulin is a hormone that once you put food in your body, it tells that hormone to start working and to start pushing as much sugar as it can from that food into cells to give you energy. So you may notice when you eat a muffin or a piece of cake or even a piece of fruit, your energy levels will go up and you feel that sugar high.
Well, that is your body creating that energy from the sugar that you just ate. Now, if you are moving around and you’re active you will need that energy/sugar high. But, if you are sitting at a desk working from 9 – 5 and eating every couple hours your energy is going to go up and down. The reason is your body is continuously pushing insulin but you are not using all that glucose.
So literally you’re going from high to low, high to low. After awhile, you may start to get sleepy, because your body is actively working, it’s trying to digest all the food that you are eating. Now when the body does not used the food that you have been eating for energy, it stores it as fat.
Now, here’s the solution, when you are not consuming food and you’re in a fasted state, meaning you have not eaten anything since the day before, your body is not going through that up and down cycle.
It’s not releasing insulin because it’s not getting fed. When the body is not getting food on a regular basis, it has to pull energy from the fat that is already on your body. Yes, body fat can be used a fuel source!
When your body uses body fat as your fuel source instead of glucose, insulin stays dormant. Therefore you don’t have that up and down energy highs and lows just a steady even flow of energy throughout the day. This helps you stay alert, focused and keeps you going throughout your day.
When it comes to fasting, it’s not about starving yourself, it’s about making the decision to delay food entering your body. That way your body has time to use all of your energy to focus on making sure that it’s burning the fat for fuel throughout the day.
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Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love