Our circadian rhythm means we’re hardwired to have an energy dip between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. — taking a nap is ideal, but difficult if you want to keep your job. Instead, try these strategies from YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Make every meal count. You can’t just blame lunch for heavy afternoon eyelids — the postlunch dip can even hit people who skip that meal. Your energy level is affected by what you do or don’t eat the whole day long — to eat no foods with added sugars or syrups and no grain that is less than 100 percent whole — keeps your blood sugar more constant and you more alert.
Try a little caffeine. We said a little. It helps you sustain afternoon attention, but beware — allso might keep you from going to bed on time, creating an even worse dip tomorrow (morning).
Take a hike. Or just walk to lunch the long way. People in one study felt less afternoon fatigue on days when they worked out during lunch. Regular activity is key; one workout on one drowsy day won’t give you afternoon energy all month.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michael F. Roizen, M.D., author of YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss (Copyright © 2006, 2009, 2011 by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Oz Works LLC, f/s/o Mehmet C. Oz, MD), is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and health expert of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., author of YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss (Copyright © 2006, 2009, 2011 by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Oz Works LLC, f/s/o Mehmet C. Oz, MD), is also a New York Times #1 bestselling author and host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute.
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