By Kiberu Amooti
Contrary to common knowledge, feeling tired gives you the push to lose weight. According to new research, feeling tired could actually be on the good side of your life as it can help you lose weight.
The research that is to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research says that when you get tired, it is the best time to do exercises because it is during this time that people make better health decisions.
“We proposed that people are more motivated to engage in healthful behavior when they are depleted and perceive their safety to be at stake,” wrote study authors Monika Lisjak, assistant professor of marketing at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Angela Y. Lee, professor of marketing at Northwestern University.
During the study, researchers asked subjects to read about the dangers of kidney disease and early detection including those with a family history. Afterwards, those who were feeling exhausted expressed a higher likelihood of being tested than their energized counterparts.
According to Will Torres, personal trainer and owner of Willspace, a gym in New York City, those who are exhausted, there is a likelihood of doing something else to do to feel energized. “If you’re truly exhausted, it’s best to just go to sleep, but if you just need to recharge, there are simple things you can do,” he said.
Torres went on to add saying, “When you’re slumping, you can’t take a full breath because bad posture compresses the diaphragm. Sitting up straight allows your lungs to take in more air, which sends a message to your brain to wake up.”
When tired, eat more fiber, “People tend to reach for sugary foods to give them a quick boost of energy, but without fiber to slow digestion down, they’ll crash,” Torres said.