Your Diet Might Be Making You Tired

I don’t remember where I was when I realized that my diet and overall lifestyle were likely the key to me experiencing better energy levels.

Of course when you think about it, it makes sense. Why wouldn’t the way you eat and live have an effect on the way you feel and sleep and vice versa?

With that said, I thought I’d show you a few key ways your diet might be making you tired, and how to change that.

1. Too few calories

This might sound nuts to a few of you, especially if you, like me, know for sure that this isn’t your problem, but that maybe the inverse is. Here are the facts though: the energy we expend each day is not infinite, it comes from what we eat. And that’s why expending more energy (calories) than you eat everyday leads to weight loss. The problem is, if you’re operating on too big a deficit, you’re bound to feel it in your energy levels. You might feel sleepier, or just feel that it takes more energy to get certain things done. If you know you aren’t eating a lot each day, reduce your calorie deficit (I.e eat a little more) so that you can be sure you’re getting all the nutrients and energy you need.

2. Oversized portions

That’s right; too few calories can be a problem, and too many can be too. You know that need to sleep you experience after brunch on Saturday? It’s got nothing to do with it being the weekend and everything to do with you eating a larger meal. Too much food can make you lethargic, so if you’re prone to feeling a post-lunch or post breakfast lunch, it may be because you’re eating more than you need to.

3. Iron Deficiency

Iron is found in spinach, legumes, red meat, quinoa, broccoli, tofu, dark chocolate and a myriad of other foods. It helps our bodies to produce hemoglobin which enables our red blood cells to transport oxygen all around our bodies. Without it, we’re left feeling tired and weak. It’s not hard to make sure you get enough iron, but it’s easy to forget to make it a priority. See if you can add a little more to your diet.

4. Too many refined carbs

Refined carbs are carbs that are stripped of their bran, fiber and nutrients. They are typically full of mostly sugar, and not much else. Having a few of these every now and then in limited amounts is no problem then, because you still have other foods that are rich in nutrients, and hopefully have enough fiber to balance out the highs and lows that come with sugar intake. The problem is when that isn’t the case, and you have a diet far too reliant on refined carbs. With these, you will energy boosts, but they’ll be fast and fleeting, leaving you feeling a lot lower on energy. Check your diet for refined carbs and see how you can scale back.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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