Boost energy to lose weight

Low energy levels are a problem when weight loss is the goal. I am sure you have heard “exercise will give you energy.” Well, try getting started when it is an effort to get off the chair. Just say you do get started with your exercise program, but then try to do it again tomorrow with sore muscles and low energy. It is an uphill battle, and we all know that consistency is how you achieve your goals. Symptoms of low energy are pretty obvious, but sometimes it happens over time and before you know it, you have accepted low energy as part of your life or part of getting old. A doctor once said to me “you’ve seen too many birthdays,” well this is simply not true. I’m here to tell you that there are solutions to get your energy back.

Why low energy?

Low energy could be a result of poor sleep habits, thyroid issues, poor diet, post-viral fatigue, hormonal issues, digestive issues, medication or chronic stress. It could also be a combination of factors, but the underlying issues must be addressed.

Energy is made within our cells by our mitochondria. There is a process involved, but in the end, our mitochondria generate ATP to energise all our cells. I recall from physics class: energy can neither be created nor destroyed – only converted from one form of energy to another. Our mitochondria take in molecules and process this to form energy. The molecules needed include nutrients provided by our food, like glucose for example. There are a number of co-factors required for this process, like B vitamins and Co-enzyme Q10. If you are not getting enough of these required nutrients, then it will affect energy production.

How to improve energy

Co-enzyme Q 10 is an important transporter in the process to form ATP. Our levels of Co-enzyme Q10 do decline with age.  The richest source of Co-enzyme Q10 are organ meats, but supplementing is the best way to increase our levels. Our body uses cholesterol to make Co-enzyme Q10, so medications to lower cholesterol lead to Co-enzyme Q10 deficiency along with symptoms of low energy and sore muscles.

Now think about this connection between lowered energy and muscle soreness. Mitochondria in our muscle provides energy to the muscle and its recovery. Within the mitochondria, Vitamin B3 in the form of NAD+ is crucial in this process, and our NAD+ levels also decline with age, poor diet, high stress, or alcohol use. This contributes to lowered energy, slower muscle recovery after exercise and thus sore muscles

Thyroid function is an indicator of the body’s metabolism. Low energy is a symptom of lower thyroid function, so this needs to be ruled out. This could also present with sluggish bowels and constipation.

There is also post-viral fatigue to consider, and now many are dealing with Long-COVID. Sometimes an illness can trigger dormant viruses causing chronic low energy amongst other symptoms. This is a whole interesting topic on its own.

Complex low energy

Quite often low energy is a result of more than one source, so investigating what is going on will give a more targeted approach. If you usually know what is going wrong, sometimes you run out of options to try. Me, I have a good awareness of my body, but sometimes I need to get an outside opinion to ensure I am not missing something. Please reach out to your practitioner to help if this is you, so you can boost your energy for weight loss.

If you have low energy and are craving sugar, read my blog on beating sugar cravings

 

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