Those that have been reading this drivel for some time now, will know I’m little more than a devout realist. I won’t be giving you a bunch of seemingly helpful tips which are impossible to adhere to. Nor will I be entertaining the latest fads which are more often than not the result of some journalist latching onto to current affairs bullsh*t just to get published.
You know the ones I’m talking about right?
You see them posted on twitter every 5 seconds — Top 5 ways to get a six pack blah, blah, blah.
How about ‘The Top 5 ways to get the f*ck off the internet already’.
This BS does tend to grind my gears on a daily basis due to it’s commonality in the fitness world. I seem to ‘un-follow’ at least 2 or 3 supposed fitness gurus from Twitter every single day as they seem to want to update the world every time they do a protein fart. Spamming the internet may seem fun at the time, but it’s actually annoying and borderline retarded.
Where was I — Oh that’s right, I was going to explain why you’re always tired and give you a bunch of tips. These are my own tips mind you, not someone elses BS that I’ve copied for this blog. These are things I actually stand by.
#1 Eat high protein lunches
I ask a lot of people in the office kitchen come 3 o’clock why they are reaching for a cookie and a mug of coffee. The conversation goes something along the lines of:
Office person: God I need a little pick me up! So fricken tired.
Me: What did you have for lunch?
Office person: Two large peanut butter sandwiches
Me: <slaps own face>
This person has just ingested a days worth of carbs within four thick-cut slices of bread
No wonder they’ve crashed like Charlie Sheen behind the wheel.
Protein brother. You need to fill yourself up with something that offers a lot more satiety.
Switch the peanut butter for some turkey breast or lean beef. Better yet, ditch the bread and have a meat-laden salad.
What Clint would do: I’d go the man-salad any time of day over a sandwich. Plenty of fibrous fruits and vitamins topped with your favourite meat is a WIN in my book.
#2 Keep protein powder by your desk
Instead of reaching for a cookie and a cup of joe come 3 o’clock, mix a scoop of protein (whey, WPI, casein whatever you’ve got) in some low-fat milk. I guarantee it’ll pick you up, and you won’t crash at all – leaving you full until dinner time rolls around.
What Clint would do: If I don’t have protein ready at the office, I’ll just drink a glass of cold milk straight from the office fridge.
#3 Avoid too many morning coffees
What goes up, must come down – This is ultimately true with the ‘high’ you get from too many coffees in the AM. If you’re up to coffee number three by lunch time, there’s a high chance that you’ll be crawling on the floor searching for a peace of rock come 3 o’clock.
What Clint would do: Avoid caffeine when you can as the crash just isn’t worth the initial ‘boost’. Contrary to popular belief, decaffeinated coffee actually tastes like regular coffee (if you buy the right brands). I choose to drink green tea instead. If that isn’t around, water will suffice.
#4 Drink more water
Drinking more water will not only distract you from feeling hungry, but it’ll keep you energized. Dehydration will have you reaching for coffee, fizzy drinks, juices and all sorts of ‘instant fix’ options that will crash you later on, and add to the calorie count faster than a fat kid on a cupcake.
What Clint would do: When ever I think I’m hungry, I’ll re-fill my water bottle and have a decent swig from it. Nine times out of ten, the hunger will have subsided. (The other one time, I’ll go and buy a whole pizza and devour it. Just joking. But not really).
#5 Avoid simple sugars
Simple sugars are found in breakfast cereals, breads, fruits and of course and thing ‘candy’ related. If you skip breakfast and don’t eat until lunch time like I do, you’re tendency to go for these sugary foods will be largely negated.
To wrap it up
Why you’re always feeling tired is often due to lack of sleep and missing a training session. More often than not, it’s diet related and caused by what you’re sticking in your pie hole during the hours preceding 3 o’clock.