By Craig Ballantyne
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired and not having any “energy”? It’s frustrating, isn’t it?
But did you know there are proven ways to be alert all through the day, while getting more done and still having enough energy to burn belly fat?
There is, and I’m going to share my top 7 secrets to having INSANE amounts of energy all day long.
I’ve dedicated my entire life (since I was 16!) and research to improving your health and fitness, and along the way I’ve stumbled across a few secrets to “give you more energy” as well.
In fact, one of the most popular “comments” I receive on Twitter and via email is about how people marvel at my energy levels and ability to get so much done.
But to be honest, it hasn’t always been this way. Because of common diet and lifestyle mistakes (like the ones you might be making), I was pretty tired through high school, even though I slept 9 hours each night.
And even through University, I still suffered from the late afternoon “blahs”…but less than high school. And it seems every year since then I’ve managed to get better and better, and I think I might have hit my peak. I mean I am just “in the zone” from 6:30am to 11pm (and later if we are filming Turbulence Training videos for you at night).
Alright, so let’s go. Let’s get pumped. Let’s jack up our energy levels through the roof, but without the crash and burn you get from energy drinks. Instead, these secrets are going to show you how to have 18-hour energy (and more, when needed!).
#1 – Cut processed carbohydrates & eliminate all added sugar from your diet
If you want to lose belly fat, these are the first foods that need to go. And you’ll quickly find that you have more energy because of the elimination as well.
Personally, I’ve found nixing the breakfast cereals from my diet were a big factor. And if you find breakfast cereals leave you hungry and tired, then you’re a perfect candidate for this plan.
Also, skip the bread at lunch if you find yourself snoozing at 2pm in your chair. And especially if you operate heavy machinery.
#2 – “Drip” Your Caffeine
I’m miffed at myself for misplacing this research paper, but I once read the US Army found that providing small doses of caffeine over time lead to better energy levels than giving the caffeine all at once.
What does this mean for you?
Until they start offering caffeine IV’s at Starbucks, you can just drink multiple Green Teas (about 80mg caffeine per serving) rather than a Venti Americano from Starbucks (about 330mg of caffeine).
There will be no crash and burn on the “caffeine drip”.
#3 – Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday, even on weekends.
I don’t know how many times I read this piece of advice, ignored it, and wondered why I struggled to get back on track every Monday.
So when I finally did it, it was like magic. This has been the BIGGEST change I’ve made in the past year, and I credit it with increasing my energy at least 10%, if not 20%.
Follow this rule for 2 weeks and you’ll be amazed at how much more mental energy you have.
#4 – Exercise (& you should probably do it in the AM)
Short, burst exercise sessions, like Turbulence Training, not only help you lose belly fat, but will make you more alert all day long.
There’s no “fat burning magic” to exercising first thing in the morning, but from a pure lifestyle perspective, I don’t think there is any better time.
Morning workouts avoid late afternoon excuses, and since consistency is key, the morning seems to be the best time for most of us.
#5 – Eat more whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, & raw nuts
First of all, if you do this, there’s less room for processed carbohydrates and added sugar.
Second, research shows subjects on a low-fat diet that ate more fruits and vegetables lost more fat than another group on only the low-fat diet. (Amer. J. Clin. Nutr. 85: 1465-1477, 2007.)
#6 – Lose weight & get control over your blood sugar
Overweight folks suffer from sleep apnea (meaning they wake up more in the middle of the night), high blood pressure, and high blood sugar, and none of these are good for your energy levels.
So lose belly fat with the Turbulence Training lifestyle and you’ll start sleeping like a baby, and living like a maniac (that is, someone full of energy!).
#7 – Drink more water
When I don’t, I suffer. And my clients, especially the ones who travel a lot, always report increases in energy when they finally listen to me and start drinking more water. Add an extra cup of water to breakfast, break, and lunch, and you’ll soon see a difference in your thinking.
First, I think most folks will be surprised by how fasting can give you more energy.
And second, no matter how busy you are, take at least 5 minutes everyday to relax, close your eyes, and do some deep breathing (from your belly) to “get the stress out” and be grateful for what you have in life. That little break can work wonders.
So there you are. If you implement these 7 Turbulence Training Lifestyle rules over the next 2 weeks, you’ll be astounded by the INSANE amounts of energy you can AND how much belly fat you can lose with such simple, yet effective changes.
Craig has a diverse fitness background. Starting as a Strength & Conditioning coach in Toronto he now uses his experience to create tailored workouts to match his client’s body type and ideal shape. Craig’s Home Workout Revolution program has transformed a living room into a place where people hit their goals from weight loss. Craig is also a contributing author to Men’s Health magazine, and Oxygen Women’s fitness magazines.
A master in time management and prioritization, Craig has been able to expand his wisdom outside of the fitness world through Early to Rise. He took over the Editor position after Michael Masterson stepped down in 2011, and he continues to guide readers to live a “Live Well Lived” in their health, wealth and social selves.