5 Foods that Make You Look Tired

· March 30, 2017
Did you know that some of the foods you eat and things you drink might actually be making you look and feel more tired? Find out which foods and beverages in this article.

How have you been looking lately? Have people been telling you or have you noticed that you’re looking more tired than usual? Do you think you’ve been eating well?

It’s possible that you have been sabotaging your own beauty without knowing it by eating food that’s making you look tired.

You may have assumed that working too much or not getting enough sleep was your worst enemy. Actually, your diet is the major determining factor to watch out for in order to look your best.

That’s why we’d like to talk about the 5 foods that make you look the most tired.

Take a look at this list and try to take at least one of them out of your regular diet.

Your overall beauty will thank you!

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1. Fried foods

Fried foods are one of the most common culprits. Unfortunately, they’re also one of the most accessible.

From movie theater popcorn to your mom’s famous chicken, fried foods are always around.

No matter what they are, fried foods contain trans fats and oils which, once ingested, make your body slower.

This makes your body need to consume more energy in order to process the food.

In addition, they’re one of the main causes of artery obstruction and obesity.As if that’s not enough, consuming too much vegetable oil directly affects your face. Here’s how:

  • It breaks down the collagen in your skin.
  • It dries out your skin even if you’re drinking enough water.
  • It encourages pimples and blackheads.

2. Coffee

We know it sounds rather contradictory to say coffee is a food that can make you look more tired, when it’s widely known as a great energy booster.

But have you ever wondered what this energy boost means?

It turns out that caffeine has its pros and its cons. For example, it’s useful to have a cup of coffee an hour before working out to help your body get going and burn more calories.

On the other hand, excessive caffeine makes your body constantly be working even when it’s out of resources.

This means losing sleep when you have coffee without working out afterwards or if you have it at night. This can lead to:

  • Under-eye bags
  • Fatigue
  • Stress

Caffeine also dehydrates you, so if you don’t drink enough water in the hours after having coffee, you’ll experience:

  • Dehydration
  • Sluggishness
  • Lack of energy

3. Food that’s too spicy

Food that is overly spicy can also make you look tired because it can cause skin blotches or skin tone changes.

This happens because the spiciness affects your blood system and triggers the symptoms mentioned above.

As if that weren’t enough, excessively spicy food also dilates your veins and makes them bigger. Why is this bad? Veins that are too big are more visible on your skin.

It can also sometimes make you look bloated or swollen.

4. Alcohol

Just like fried foods, you can give up alcohol without interfering with your lifestyle.

However, if you don’t want to give it up entirely because you enjoy a few drinks at social gatherings, you should be aware that alcohol is on the list of foods that make you look tired.

Alcohol and coffee have some effects in common, most notably dehydration.

  • The problem with alcohol is that the dehydration is worse, and it’s very easy to lose track of how much you’re drinking.
  • Consider that you might have 2 or 3 cups of coffee over the course of a day, but at a social get-together you might drink 5 or so beers.
  • To make up for the dehydration, drink two cups of water for every alcoholic drink.

5. Carbohydrates

How many and what kind of carbohydrates do you have per day? Many people have decided to give up carbs completely because they think they’re bad.

If you’re one of these people, you should know that that’s not true. There are some carbohydrates that you actually should eat because of how much energy they can give you, like legumes.

On the other hand, the carbs that you should eliminate are the ones that make you look tired and only contain empty calories: refined flour and sugar.

Empty carbohydrates make you look tired because they’re hard for your body to digest and require a lot of energy to process. If you’ve ever gotten sleepy after eating a plate of pasta, that’s why.

We recommend: Vegetarian Recipes to Replace Pasta, Rice and Potatoes

What should I eat instead of these foods?

The best trick to keep from looking tired from eating these foods is to always have healthy food on hand.

Instead of carbohydrates, overly spicy foods, or fried foods, you could have:

  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables

As for replacing coffee and alcohol, there’s nothing better than water. If you don’t like drinking water plain, try green tea, herbal teas, or smoothies.