Help! My diet is making me tired
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?
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.