If you want to be vigorous and energetic all day, you need to have the right breakfast and lunch. However, this is unlikely to be done if you use foods from our list. Novate.ru tells what kind of food takes away energy and makes you drowsy, so much so that you have to come to your senses with a couple of cups of coffee.
1. Sweet breakfast
How many times have we seen on TV the protagonists of a movie or commercial start their day with sweet cereals, croissants or yogurt? From the outside, it looks as if the best breakfast option could not be imagined: fast, tasty and nutritious. Alas, it’s not that simple. The "perfect breakfast" contains a huge amount of sugar. If you eat sweets on an empty stomach, the pancreas will start to work, the main task of which is to produce enough insulin to lower blood sugar levels. Hence the fatigue.
Another side effect of the spike in blood sugar is increased appetite. Therefore, do not be surprised if, after having breakfast of croissants, you want to eat again within an hour. Until then, you will not feel energized, but tired and irritated. There is a third drawback - if you regularly eat sweets for breakfast, the risk of developing diabetes will significantly increase. Therefore, we advise you to refuse baked goods, baked goods or yoghurt with additives. The body will be much better if you eat a plate of porridge.
2. White bread
White bread can be consumed not only fresh in a company with soup, but also as toast, sandwiches and even pizza. At first glance, it seems that this is a great option for breakfast or lunch, but the effect is about the same as from sweets. Again, we are faced with a breakdown and a feeling of fatigue.
Also, bread has little nutritional value. Considering all the stages of processing that it goes through before getting to store shelves, bread consists of almost one starch. Alas, this substance is completely useless for saturating the body, so do not expect that a couple of sandwiches for lunch will be able to fill your stomach until evening. Most likely, you will want to re-snack after one and a half to two hours, which will inevitably lead to weight gain.
3. Energy drinks
Advertising for these drinks tries to convince us that this is a great option for getting energy quickly and, as a result, increasing productivity. Alas, this is a myth. They contain amino acids called taurine and L-carnitine. They are actually present in our muscles and tissues, and also participate in energy metabolism, but do not affect our sensations in any way. A natural question arises: why then do we feel a surge of strength after several sips of energy?
It's all about the same sugar. Just imagine: one can of a drink contains about 13 spoons! The figure is cosmic, especially considering the fact that the WHO recommended daily dose is 6 spoons for one person.
As soon as the blood sugar rises, the heart rate increases and the level of activity increases. However, this is not for long - after a couple of hours, only fatigue and headache remain. Unless a second power engineer follows the first one. However, if you abuse such drinks, problems can begin not only with excess weight, but also with blood sugar levels, and possibly with heart.
You've probably noticed that after a cup of strong coffee, you begin to feel as if you are in danger. And this is not surprising, because the adrenal glands begin to produce adrenaline and cortisol as soon as caffeine enters the bloodstream. This, of course, invigorates, so after a cup of Americano or espresso, we really feel more energized. If you drink one cup every few days, the pleasant invigorating effect will quickly disappear, but there will be no harm to health. If attempts to wake up with coffee are systematic, and you buy several glasses of drink every day at the nearest cafe, the adrenal glands simply stop responding to this. Gradually, you get used to the drink and you need more and more doses to invigorate. As for the body, it will react to coffee with a kind of energy surges: at first you are full of strength and energy, and after a few hours - completely broken
5. Smoked, fried and fermented foods
As much as we love these products, they are leaders in the number of processing stages, and therefore lose most of the nutrients. Now let's remember what everyone's favorite fast food consists of? That's right: from fried and smoked dishes, which are often included in the menu, if not breakfast or lunch, then dinner for sure.
In order for "quick" dishes to have a long shelf life and a rich taste, they are processed in several stages. In addition, fatty foods take a long time to digest, which can lead to heaviness in the stomach. At the same time, it cannot be said that it will give you a lot of energy, given the small amount of nutrients. We can conclude that fast food is only good when you need a quick snack, for example, while traveling. But as a full-fledged dinner or lunch, it will not work.
Another disadvantage of fast food is that such dishes have a very bright and rich taste, so after their regular use, other foods will seem bland. If you dine at McDonald's five times a week, don't be surprised to find yourself craving a burger and fries on weekends.
6. Red meat
The benefits and dangers of red meat are still debated. On the one hand, it contains a large number of microelements necessary for the body. On the other hand, there are a number of side effects that cannot be ignored either. Be that as it may, red meat will definitely not be able to satisfy your appetite for a long time and energize for the whole day. First, the stomach takes a very long time to digest it. Second, how healthy red meat will be depends on how well it is processed. If you're making your own fried eggs and sausages and a sausage sandwich for breakfast, don't expect them to fill you up. To process these products, the body will spend a lot of energy and as a result you will only feel tired, and after a while - and hunger.
Not ready to give up meat? Then choose products that are virtually untreated. And it's better to postpone meat lunches and dinners on weekends, when you do not need such charges of energy and vivacity as on weekdays at work.
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