Five Big Energy Myths Busted
Staying on top of your game and keeping your energy levels high can be difficult. Picture the scene. At the beginning of the week you had promised yourself you would eat healthily and try to exercise, but that’s fallen by the way side; the result is you’re feeling tired and “drained”.
Here, Spatone® nutritionist Emma Wight-Boycott dispels the myths around the Thursday afternoon energy slump and share her top tips for keeping energy levels topped up.
MYTH 1 - Eating something sugary will give you energy.
THE TRUTH: Unfortunately, this is little more than a quick fix. The initial sugar rush and an energy burst won’t last and your blood sugar levels could drop rapidly, leaving you right back where you started.
TIP: Instead of something sugary, try eating a snack which will raise your blood sugar levels slowly and keep them up. Nuts, raw carrots with hummus or oatcakes with peanut butter are all great options.
MYTH 2 - Caffeine will help you get over the slump.
THE TRUTH: Whilst caffeine can prevents tiredness in the short term, it can also interfere with falling asleep at night and make your energy lag worse the next day.
TIP: Instead of having that cup of coffee make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty before drinking; this means you’re already dehydrated. Ideally try to drink 6-8 glasses of water throughout the day.
MYTH 3: A carbohydrate heavy lunch helps prevent energy slumps.
THE TRUTH: You need a well balanced meal featuring different food groups to keep energy levels up. Starchy foods are a good source of energy but try having wholegrain varieties which help you to feel fuller.
TIP: Don’t overindulge at lunch. Focus on eating light meals containing proteins and complex carbohydrates, and then a healthy snack in the afternoon. Half an hour away from your desk at lunch can also help you feel more alert in the afternoon.
MYTH 4: Losing a couple of hours sleep won’t affect your energy.
THE TRUTH: In reality, even losing a couple of hours sleep over the course of a week can leave you feeling less alert and make you feel sluggish.
TIP: Aim for eight hours sleep a night and be disciplined about your bed time.
Alcohol can sometimes disrupt the sleep cycle, so if you’re having problems sleeping, try to avoid alcohol.
MYTH 5: Exercising will make you more tired.
THE TRUTH: Exercise is actually one of the best ways to boost energy.
TIP: Exercise in the working day isn’t always possible but even a quick 10 minute stroll can boost your energy levels.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. A recent study commissioned by SPATONE® liquid iron has revealed that the average British worker feels low in energy by 1.40pm on a Thursday, with nine in ten of us admitting they run out of steam as the week goes on. This results in 82% of respondents admitting their productivity suffers[i].
SPATONE nutritionist Emma Wight Boycott believes that normal energy levels can be maintained through eating the right foods at the right time, however only two in ten (23.9%) of respondents try to eat more healthily to get through to the end of the working week.
 A Spatone survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by 72point