Lots of people will say different things, like the wierd people who say that their kids give them energy, but I am coming at this from a purely biological standpoint.
Without getting into the spicey drama of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) and it’s applications or how you make it etc, essentially your body makes energy from food.
We are also not really going into the efficiency in which your body digests each of the macronutrients, so for this example everything is counted as food, but realistically its a lot more complicated.
If you feel tired or sleepy (I won’t say lazy as even the most jacked up people feel lazy), then you are probably in an energy deficit (Again I’m not a doctor, if you are worried go see one). Meaning that you are using more energy than your body is creating.
Obviously there are issues connecting lack of sleep with digestion but we aren’t getting into that delightful kettle of fish. For this example I am just going to assume the rest of you works fine…
But realistically no one works 100%, your body won’t even digest everything in the food you eat at peak performance.
So therefore; Food = Energy and, Less Food = Less Energy.
In this example ‘food’ refers to your caloric intake for the day, for example the average human male should eat around 2300 calories (50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fat; obviously this will change around a bit for what he is planning to do etc) if he engages in light exercise 2-3 times a week and has a sedentary job. If you wanna figure out your own calories try here to have a look at the different methods.
(This is the confusing formula I prefer to use!)
So if you take the example of ‘food’ being 2300 calories, ‘less food’ would be somewhere under that, like 2000 or 1800. Meaning that this person is not eating enough to support their normal functioning, leading to sleepiness, irritability and other disruptions in behaviour.
To calculate the calories you eat you should calculate your BMR, then multiply that by the level of activity you engage in to get the total number rof calories required for you to maintain yourself normally.
To lose weight you should subtract up to 500 calories from this, bit as I mentioned earlier there are other ways of losing weight; and to increase weight you up your calories by up to 500.
If you have done it right you should have an unintelligible scrawl like this!)
Again quite a bit of guess work goes on in figuring this out as it assumes that everyone has the same Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR. Unfortubately we are just going to assume the same.
Obviously after a while they would become used to the irritability etc and so learn to over come it to a certain extent. But again this isn’t wise as a part if your brain you would like to use for solving a problem or some such is currently dedicated to stopping you from drilling holes in someones knee caps.
So, are we good on what happens if we eat the right amount as well as too little? So what happens when you eat more than your recommended amount?
Well firstly you will start to feel sleepy as that’s basically what happens everytime you eat too much… But again it is either a case of adapting to the new stimuli or you can portion your food out better throughout the day.
But it also gives more energy than you have had before, again eventually… Your body must adapt to the new stimulus at first.
So if we use the same basic formula like we did before; if Less Food = Less Energy then More Food = More Energy.
Now there is the obvious issue that of you don’t use this energy it is stored predominately as fat (I don’t like the word fat as it doesn’t make you fat; the ketogenic diet has you eat lots of fat and protein and it is a weight loss diet).
However if you do use this energy, you can make bigger gains in terms of strength… So I will break it down as simply as I can again: More Food = More Energy = More Strength; and inversely, Less Food = Less Energy = Less Strength.
But this is in accordance to your body size and mass already, a six foot nine inch tall behemoth, is obviously going to need more calories to support his BMR, and therefore to gain weight than a four foot two inch skinny person.
(You can fit more in the bigger dude/dudette is my basic point here!)
Again this rule is not hard and fast, there are a lot of contributing factors which can also help. Human beings are just very strange creatures.
But this is in accordance with a sustained effort. You have to do these things over a long period of time to garner any benefits from it.
Obviously those with a higher and more efficient metabolism will show the fastest results but it still takes consistent effort.
It has got to be a lifestyle change and not a “only on days beginning with a ‘T'” kind of thing. This has to be something you want otherwise you won’t stick with it long enough to see any changes.
Well this has been quite a long post, brought to you by my mad brain.
But again I must stress, don’t just take my word on it, read other people’s opinions on this stuff, there’s a lot of free stuff out there on this type of thing. Even scientific data. So have at it to your hearts content!