After 10 years of yo-yoing on every fad diet out there, I’ve finally discovered one that works for me. It breaks down to 70 percent carbs, 10 percent protein and 20 percent fat. Over the past six months I’ve lost 50 of the 60 extra pounds I’ve been lugging around. Even though I should be celebrating, I’m just too exhausted and edgy to even think about it. I thought losing weight was supposed to give you more energy-not take it away!

You’re right. You should feel fabulous. But your funk, combined with your diet, points to a chromium deficit, which triggers fatigue for up to 80 percent of women. Chromium helps the body metabolize glucose (blood sugar), which is essential for energy. But since a diet rich in carbohydrates (sugars) floods the system with glucose, you may not have enough chromium to meet the high demand. To reclaim your zest, eat chromium rich carbs, such as potatoes, and whole grains, and snack on nuts and cheese for a non-rich dose of the mineral.

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