How to Stay Awake After Lunch (and Lose Fat at the Same Time)
By: Dave Asprey
July 12, 2011
The fact is that your body requires balanced blood sugar levels to stay healthy—to fight fat, to maintain optimal cholesterol levels and to ensure healthy inflammatory responses. Unfortunately, even a few weeks’ worth of over eating, holiday stress, sleepless nights and lots of sugary snacks are capable of setting off a vicious cycle of metabolic mayhem that can be hard to get back under control.
…30-day trial showed that thiamine supplementation helped to maintain both healthy glucose and leptin levels1—which means that one 150 mg dose of this critical B vitamin per day in conjunction with your healthy lifestyle and diet may offer all the extra support you need to keep your blood sugar levels healthy this New Year. This optimal dose of thiamine is available to you now as the fat-soluble form of vitamin B1, called Benfotiamine, from Vitamin Research Products.
At least 2/3 of the people I work with have afternoon blood sugar issues – the so-called “lunch coma” that makes me dread having to present to people right after lunch. Once the CEO of a company I worked for fell asleep as I was presenting to him in a 1 on 1 meeting. (If you’ve seen my presentation style, you know it’s not that easy to fall asleep…)
It was simple biochemistry. The poor guy had flown over from France a day earlier, and was suffering from lack of sleep and jet lag, along with (most likely) a slight hangover from the social drinking that is a part of doing business.
I hope he doesn’t mind that I stuck a “kick me” sign on his back while he slept.
Sleeping less than 7 hours a night is shown to make it much harder for your body to control your blood sugar. (I sleep about 5 hours a night regularly, and often 3, so I am careful about this.)
Anyway, we can all learn from this. If you get the afternoon coma regularly, try taking some vitamin B-1, also known as thiamine, in the morning. I take about 300 mg of normal B-1 per day, along with 300 mg of benfotiamine, the fat-soluble for of B-1, each day.
A convenient side-effect is that B-1 keeps your leptin (fat-burning hormone) levels healthy, making it easier for your body to stay lean, even if you mistreat it by not sleeping enough.
So give it a shot – one small vitamin in the morning can blunt the afternoon coma, help you be more alert, and make you more lean. And you won’t have to worry about a “kick me” sign from that meeting where you fell asleep…
P.S. I have no financial ties with VRP, but their CEO Rob is an amazing guy, and another founder of VRP, Steve Fowkes of ceri.com is an advisor to www.smartlifeforum.org, the anti-aging nonprofit I run.