Foods that ruin metabolism

Hi fitsters! I’m so sorry I’ve been gone for a little while. As always, work has been hectic and I recently moved to a new home which took up a lot of my time. I’ve been hitting the gym less frequently because of the crazy schedule which means it’s even more crucial that I’m watching what I eat to make sure my metabolism is functioning at its highest potential.

Many of us try to keep up with consistent exercise and eating “healthy-ish” but still feel like we’re not seeing the results we’re hoping for. I mean, we’re doing everything we’re suppose to do right?! Well, certain foods that might seem healthy are actually full of bad ingredients that slows down your metabolism while others that sound bad are actually not so bad (please stop thinking eating fat will make you fat). Read on to find out which foods you should avoid and alternatives to consume instead! 

1. Fruit juice: Repeat after me, SUGAR IS BAD. Drinking fruit juice and eating too much sugar in general will wreck your metabolism! How bad can fruit juice be? Well, it’s basically chemically laden sugar water. Most fruit juices on the market are made with sugar, food coloring and flavorings. One 8-ounce glass of fruit juice contains about 30 grams of sugar (even soda only has 28 grams!) — so please stay away if you’re aiming to be healthy. Make sure you’re reading labels and steer clear of items that contain corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, juice concentrate, maltodextrin, raw sugar and brown sugar.

Alternative: If you’re into juices, opt for homemade lemonade by mixing real lemon juice, water and stevia. 

2. Whole grains: Surprised? I used to buy whole grain wheat bread thinking it’s healthy, but now I know that’s not true at all. Whole grain is made with gluten, starch and phytic acid — gluten can cause inflammation, starch turns into sugar quickly and phytic acid binds to minerals so you’re not getting most of the minerals and vitamins that could have been good for you.

Alternative: Try a sprouted grain bread or sourdough bread. Also, the best flour replacement to use instead of wheat flour is coconut flour. Coconut flour is high in fiber which supports fat loss and contains fats your body can use as fuel.

3. Canola Oil: Using the wrong type of oil can keep you from shedding that last few stubborn pounds. Canola oil contains hydrogenated oils which may cause inflammation throughout the entire body disrupting your hormones and metabolism.

Alternative: Go for extra-virgin olive oil which has been linked to heart health due to its high antioxidants. 

4. Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is yummy and I often eat it as a snack. But, it’s not so good for your metabolism and gut health if you’re consuming too much of it. Peanuts are one of the most common allergens and have been linked to food sensitivities. They’re also very high in omega-6 fatty acids which may cause serious inflammation in the body. 

Alternative: For quicker metabolism, make a switch to almond butter. Almonds are high in amino acid L-arginine which increases HGH production in your body. This helps your body build lean muscles and in turn, kicks up your metabolism!

5. Granola: So many of us think granola is healthy and put a generous amount in our morning yogurt, not to mention those too-pretty-to-eat granola bowls you see on Instagram! In truth, granola is made up of whole grains and sugar. The processed honey in it is a major cause of weight gain (so sneaky). 

Alternative: If you have time, make your own granola at home! Simply soak almonds,cashews, pecans, and chia seeds in water for eight hours then leave them out on paper towel for a day. Mix these ingredients together with raw honey, raisins, coconut flakes, and sea salt. Place them in the oven and you have yourself a delicious metabolism-boosting snack.

Don’t let any of these sneaky “healthy” foods ruin all your hard work! Leave a comment below to tell me which metabolism-ruiner you’re surprised by the most.

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