5. Eating the Wrong Foods at the Wrong Time
Since most of us eat lunch at around noon and have dinner later in the evening, we really start to lose steam around three or four o’clock. When you’re feeling tired your brain wants those energy-producing carbohydrates to give you a boost. But if you reach for simple carbs such as a bag of chips or can of soda at this time, you’ll get a quick burst of energy followed by a crash. Even eating a lone piece of fruit mid-afternoon won’t give you the sustained oomph you need to get through the rest of the day. “Carbohydrates go into the system very quickly and only keep you full for about an hour,” Holwegner explains. “If you eat all carbs all the time, you’re going to be on an energy roller coaster.”
Combine protein and carbs for your mid-day snack. Munch an apple with a handful of almonds, yogurt with berries, or veggies with hummus and crackers.