Help! My diet is mak­ing me tired

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Q:

I started a high-pro­tein diet a month ago hop­ing it would help me lose a few pounds and give me more en­ergy to get through busy days. But in­stead, I’m feel­ing more tired than usual! What gives?

A:

You’re smart to try a high-pro­tein diet: It’s been shown to melt three times more fat than other food for­mu­las. But as a study in the jour­nal Nu­tri­ents re­vealed, the diet can also lead to a sig­nif­i­cant de­cline in lev­els of key en­ergy nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing a 38% drop in vi­ta­min B-1, a 23% drop in vi­ta­min B-2 and a 20% drop in vi­ta­min B-9. Over time, these nu­tri­ent short­falls can cause crit­i­cal func­tions—like con­vert­ing food into us­able en­ergy— to slow, leav­ing you feel­ing slug­gish.

For­tu­nately, it’s easy to re­plen­ish your body’s sup­ply of B vitamins and feel more en­er­gized within three days. We sug­gest sim­ply en­joy­ing 1⁄2 cup of beans or lentils daily. These plant­based foods of­fer read­ily di­gestible B vitamins. They also de­liver fiber, which fos­ters the growth of ben­e­fi­cial gut bac­te­ria that in­crease vi­ta­min ab­sorp­tion, and that can help stave off nu­tri­ent short­falls as you con­tinue on your high-pro­tein diet.

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