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Foods that decrease your energy levels

Thursday, June 25, 2020

There are a number of factors that can affect your energy levels. Nutrition is one of the key areas that can leave many people feeling confused. Foods that seem to give us energy within a few minutes can cause more harm than good. So, if you are looking for a way to boost your energy levels in a more sustainable way, here are some foods that you might want to avoid.

Pasta, rice and white bread
As much as you may love these delicious carbs, they will most definitely make you feel sluggish in the long run. If you eat at least one of these every day, you may not even notice that you lack energy because you have become so used to it. Do yourself a favour and cut out these three foods for a week and see how you feel. Be prepared for a bit of a down period before you feel better. Our bodies become dependent on carbohydrates which means that you will go through somewhat of a withdrawal period. If you feel the headaches set in and you feel more exhausted than usual, just hang in there. It will pass in a day or two. The key is not to give in and reach for that bowl of spaghetti or sandwich.

Cereals and yogurts with added sugar
No matter how healthy these foods might seem, many of them are loaded with sugar. Take the time to read the nutritional information on the back of the packaging. Also take note of the quantity. Normally, the amount of sugar is measured per 100g. So, don't be tricked into thinking that your oversized bowl of cereal has just a tablespoon of sugar! Look for natural options, organic cereals and yogurts without added sugar as well as those that contain probiotics. Remember, when you consume sugary foods, you will get a fast rush and an even faster fall in blood glucose.

Coffee
This is the quick fix for so many of us. Instead of getting enough rest and eating right, we rely on stimulants to help us get through the day. A cup or two doesn't do much harm. However, if you become dependent on caffeine, you will build up a tolerance and this means that you will need more and more just to get the job done. This is not to say that organic, high-quality coffee does not have benefits. However, like all things in life, moderation is essential.

Alcohol
When you enjoy a couple of drinks, do you feel like you have more energy? You're not the only one. This is because alcohol contains carbohydrates that are converted into energy. Many people compare the amount of wine they consumed to the equivalent in slices of bread for this very reason. Alcohol can have a serious effect on your weight and it can also result in dehydration. If you choose to enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time, make sure that you consume adequate water too. It is also important that you do not overdo it or you will feel awful the next day. If you drink on a regular basis, it will also take its toll on your energy levels. Like sugary foods, you will feel a rush of energy at first but this will soon pass and leave you feeling worse than before.

So, what's the answer if you don't want to feel so sluggish? Firstly, make sure that you are getting enough rest. Secondly, you should consume enough water throughout the day. Dehydration can make you extremely tired. Thirdly, watch your nutrition. Aim to consume foods that are low in calories but high in nutritional value for best results. Avoid sugary foods and carbs that will cause you to feel sluggish. Finally, don't forget to exercise. The more active you are, the more energy you will have!

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