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Diet and energy levels — what’s the link?
Saturday, 5 September · 1 min read

What you eat is closely linked to how much energy you have.

Some foods, like wholegrain carbohydrates, slowly release energy and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Others, like chocolate, biscuits or sugary drinks, give you a quick spike in energy before your energy levels drop again.

You should aim to eat a balanced breakfast, like wholegrain toast with eggs, then 3 smaller, healthy meals throughout the day to sustain your energy levels.

This is because a balanced diet and smaller meals help to keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range. If they spike, you may experience a slump when they fall.

According to the UK’s National Health Service, following a balanced diet means eating:

  • 5 portions of different fruits and vegetables
  • plenty of carbohydrates for energy, especially wholegrain varieties
  • some protein, such as fish, eggs, meat or beans
  • some dairy or dairy-free alternatives, like yoghurt or soya milk

You should also drink 6 to 8 glasses of water to stay hydrated — you may need to drink more if you're exercising.

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