We’ve all been there. You get home from a long day at the office, and you don’t have the energy to eat anything except for potato chips. You can’t be bothered to wake up early so you grab a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit on your way to work. Let’s face it. Junk food is comforting, especially when you are tired.
Studies have confirmed this. People who get less sleep eat more junk food and make poorer food choices. It makes it even worse that the more sleep deprived you are, the more weight you will gain.
There are several reasons for this. For example, if you find yourself craving a sugary treat in the later part of the afternoon, you may have low blood sugar. You can also develop low blood sugar from being overworked and overstressed. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely relate to that one.
So what can you do? Well, we have a few tips for you.
1. Eat a breakfast that is full of protein.
You might want to try eggs with veggies or maybe a plant-based protein smoothie for breakfast, especially if you are used to grabbing a donut or a bagel. If you know you will need to sleep later, plan ahead the night before.
2. Keep the protein going all day.
Do you find yourself snoozing through your afternoon sales meetings or drifting off to sleep at your desk in the afternoon? Make sure to grab some high-protein snacks that you can munch on throughout the day.
3. Don’t allow yourself to be tired all of the time.
It’s okay if you go a day or two without getting the sleep you need, but make sure you don’t make a habit out of it. The best way to solve this problem is by getting proper sleep so you won’t be so tired you only want to eat junk food.