Food & Nutrition

8 Foods That Sneakily Drain Your Energy Levels

If you’re feeling sluggish, these foods might be to blame.

Breakfast cereal

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You know to avoid doughnuts at breakfast, but a bowl of cereal can contain just as much—or more—sugar. Sugar lifts your energy quickly, but that boost won’t last long, and your blood sugar level will spike fast. When it does, the parts of your brain that keep you alert shut down, making you even groggier. Here’s how “healthy cereal” can make you fat.

Energy drinks

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Energy drinks are designed to work short term, loading your body with caffeine and sugar. But once those start to wear off, your blood sugar will dip even lower than before, leaving you sluggish. Plus, they can dehydrate you, adding to your tiredness even more.

Red wine

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A glass of red wine might seem like a good way to relax before bed, but it can actually disrupt your sleep and leave you even more tired in the morning. You might fall asleep quickly, but as the alcohol is metabolized, your adrenaline will surge, making you more likely to wake up in the middle of the night. Cut yourself off from alcohol three or four hours before going to bed for a more restful night. Here are 17 little ways to cut back on drinking alcohol.

White bread

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White breads and rice have a high glycemic index without a lot of fiber, meaning your body breaks them down easily, using up their energy quickly. Whole grains, on the other hand, take longer to be absorbed, keeping the energy boost going longer. These are healthy carbs nutritionists want you to be eating.

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