4 Surprising Triggers for Fatigue

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4 Surprising Triggers for Fatigue

Fatigue is often one of the major complications for those following a weight loss plan. When you’re tired, you are more likely to give in to unhealthy cravings, and you certainly don’t feel like hitting the gym. If chronic fatigue seems to be plaguing you, one of the following four factors might be to blame.

You don’t move enough. Many of us are living sedentary lifestyles these days, what with office jobs and long commutes in the car. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to be active. And believe it or not, too much “resting” can actually contribute to fatigue! Make a point of getting up and moving around regularly during the day. Even just a walk down the hallway and back can help, and try to get outside for a stroll during your lunch break. If walking or biking to work is ever a possibility, add that into your routine.

Stress will take its toll. Even if it’s “just” emotional stress, rather than physical, stress will sap your energy for sure. Make sure you’re taking the right steps to handle stress, such as a regular yoga or meditation practice, talking to a therapist, listening to calming music, or establishing a soothing daily routine.

Your diet is the culprit. Think of your body as a car, and food as your fuel. If you offer the wrong fuel to a vehicle, it can begin to malfunction. The same it true of our bodies, and the wrong foods can prevent us from functioning at our best. Rapid blood sugar fluctuations are often the cause of recurring fatigue. If you’re following a weight loss plan, these rules will become particularly important:

  • Include protein with each meal
  • Avoid added sugars – these are dumped into your blood stream quickly, spike your blood sugar, and then cause a crash
  • Increase your fiber intake – it aids digestion and prevents cravings
  • Don’t skip breakfast
  • Drink water regularly

It might be a medical condition. Some medical conditions contribute to fatigue, so make sure to mention your problems to your doctor. You should be screened for things like anemia, thyroid malfunction, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, or other conditions based upon your personal risk factors. If you’re experiencing difficulty with fatigue, especially if it’s impacting your weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We can examine you and take a look at your dietary regimen, to see if we can pinpoint the problem.