Is Your Diet Making You Tired?

Allison Tsai | May 15th 2013 Oct 10th 2017

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For breakfast you eat something high in carbs, like oatmeal. The carbs make you tired.
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A recent study found that diets higher in carbohydrates increased alertness during the day. Source: [ScienceDaily](http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507164632.htm)

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  1. For breakfast you eat something high in carbs, like oatmeal. The carbs make you tired.

    Correct Answer: False

    A recent study found that diets higher in carbohydrates increased alertness during the day. Source: [ScienceDaily](http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507164632.htm)

  2. For lunch you eat something high in fat, like a burger and fries. The high fat is the culprit.

    Correct Answer: True

    Research has found that diets high in fat are associated with daytime sleepiness. Source: [ScienceDaily](http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507164632.htm)

  3. For a snack you eat something sugary, like a candy bar. Sugar makes you tired.

    Correct Answer: True

    Although you might think you are getting a sugar high, eating foods high in sugar actually makes you tired. A brain chemical, called orexin, helps you feel awake, but sugar inhibits that chemical, which makes you feel tired. Source: [Lifehacker](http://lifehacker.com/5866700/why-sugar-makes-you-tired-and-what-you-can-do-about-it)

  4. For dinner, you eat something high in protein, like salmon or chicken. The protein keeps you alert.

    Correct Answer: False

    The study found that there was no relationship between protein consumption and sleepiness or alertness, but, having enough protein in your diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Source: [Lifehacker](http://lifehacker.com/5866700/why-sugar-makes-you-tired-and-what-you-can-do-about-it)

  5. You typically skip dessert. The sugar keeps you awake.

    Correct Answer: False

    Like snacking on high-sugar treats, consistently eating dessert can not only make you feel tired, but it can make you pack on the pounds. Either skip dessert or treat yourself to a piece of fruit. Although fruit is still high in sugar, it also contains fiber and vitamins, which are good for you.