Trevor Chalifour, Omega Contributor Ω
Oh, university life: party, drink, study, read, read some more, then party again, and terror cram. Many have learned this from previous years at university, and most know what comes with the gig.
With age comes many added stresses, and eating healthy and regularly are two simple ways to increase energy and lose some unnecessary weight without having to change the way you live.
Aging students like most others struggle from fat and cholesterol complications.
Greg Kozoris, an exercise physiologist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, explains that, “fat intake, sugar intake and carbohydrate intake after hours where you’re not going to utilize those intakes,” are things to avoid.
The body relies on two things: nutrition that is being digested from recently eaten foods or drinks and from stored nutrition or unhealthy stores like fat.
“Fresh is always best,” said Kozoris, “things like whole grains, vegetables sliced up, anything non-processed.”
Most people think that not eating a meal equals more stored energy used.
But by starving oneself of nutrition the body will trigger your system to use little amounts of energy, becoming generally slower and sleepier.
The body will try to compensate and hoard enough food to last until it receives more nutrition.
With irregular eating patterns the body can only do so much.
Since it does not know when it will be fed next, this process continues.
Starving oneself or depriving the body of nutrition is counter-productive in losing weight.
The idea is to consume small amounts of food more frequently so the body will not need to store energy.
Kozoris suggests four small meals a day is best and if attending class or on the go, that people try to “bring something from home.”
Most people’s solution to their lack of nutrition is to fill the void with another stimulant like coffee or other caffeinated products.
Kozoris said caffeine “suppresses hunger” and creates awareness of the body and mind but doesn’t allow for proper nutrition.
“One caffeine drink a day” is generally a rule according to Kozoris.
He says to make sure to “hydrate with two to three litres [of water] a day to flush the system.”
Choosing a piece of fruit or some type of nutritious food that will deliver the body natural nutrition like vitamins, minerals and other types of healthy supplements the body needs is a better choice than coffee.
“Kick start the metabolic rate so your basal metabolic rate, burning calories at rest, is a lot higher,” said Kozoris.
Food in the morning is the best way to wake up the metabolic system, for without food the system acts like it would if someone were asleep or starving.
The body will burn less fat and rely on a smaller amount of energy causing the body to struggle from insufficient nutrition.
Morning is not a good time for someone to cover his or her restlessness with a caffeinated product–remember healthy foods first and last.
Consume healthy foods regularly to avoid large time gaps between meals where the body can store food.
Consistent eating patterns will eliminate the need for fat deposits.
Keep that basal metabolic rate going and lose fat while you learn!