Watch Out for “Waisted” Energy
Being exhausted after work might have less to do with your job than it does with your waistline. A study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that otherwise healthy workers, ages 23 to 56, with high waist circumferences had 1.8 times the risk of being fatigued after work compared with their peers. More research is needed to determine why central obesity added up to more fatigue, but if you’re flagging, reducing your waist size may help restore energy. Shrinking your waist can also improve your overall health: Fat that gathers around your middle (giving you an apple shape) is believed to be more dangerous to your heart than the fat that clings to your thighs (causing a pear shape), because it releases more hormones, fatty acids, and other compounds that can contribute to high cholesterol and blood pressure. For women, the risk of disease increases with a waist size of 35 inches or more; for men, it’s 40 inches or more.