6 Metabolism Death Foods
There is nothing worse than starting an exercise program to burn fat, making some good diet changes, but still not seeing the results you want to see. Has that ever been you? It can be really frustrating.
The reason this happens is, even though you think you’re consuming a healthy diet, there is often some hidden food in your diet that is ruining your weight loss efforts.
The foods that keep you from losing the last 10 pounds and keep you stuck at a plateau are what I call the metabolism death foods! The term may sound scary, and it can be. Your body recognizes these foods as toxins and puts your body into a fight-or-flight response.
These foods alter the focus of your metabolism and can cause:
- Weight gain
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Hormone imbalance
- Digestive disease
And the craziest thing about these foods is that they are often labeled as “health foods”.
Here are the 6 metabolism death foods you need to switch out of your diet to take your metabolism and fat burning potential to the next level!
6 Foods That Damage Your Metabolism
1. Fruit Juice
Contrary to popular belief, fat isn’t the first thing that will make you fat — it’s consuming too much sugar. Drinking fruit juice and consuming too much sugar will absolutely wreck your metabolism!
Fruit juice including most apple, orange and grape juice is basically chemically laden sugar water! I know something like apple juice sounds healthy, but the process of turning an apple into juice is as follows.
First, they press the apple and remove all of the fiber, then they heat it up through pasteurization at 280 degrees, then it’s dried and turned into a concentrate, then finally, they add in sugar, food coloring and flavorings and that is the apple juice you buy today.
One eight-ounce glass of fruit juice contains 30 grams of sugar, while a soda contains 28 grams of sugar!
Also, you should avoid other forms of sugar which can hide under names like: corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, juice concentrate, maltodextrin, raw sugar and brown sugar.
What to do instead: To replace fruit juice, I recommend making homemade lemonade, mixing real lemon juice, water and stevia. Kombucha is another great option as well as herbal tea mixed with raw honey. Or, drinking coconut water, which is nature’s gatorade, is another great option!
2. Whole Grains
Whole grains may be the No. 1 offender when it comes to ruining your metabolism and weight loss efforts. I know it may seem like “whole grains” like wheat bread are healthy, but most are far from helping your metabolism.
Three of the main compounds in grains hurt your metabolism include gluten, starch and phytic acid. Gluten causes inflammation, which is the root of all diseases — starch turns into sugar quickly and phytic acid binds to minerals, so you’re not getting most of the minerals and vitamins from whole grains that could have helped your metabolism.
Some of the biggest whole grain offenders include: bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, muffins, desserts, flours, chips and granola bars.
What to do instead: A better option for fat loss is replacing your daily intake of grains with fruits and vegetables or consuming up to one piece daily of a sprouted grain bread (like Ezekiel bread) or sourdough. Also, the best flour replacement to use instead of wheat flour is coconut flour. Coconut flour is a dieter’s best friend because it’s high in fiber, which supports rapid fat loss and contains fats your body can burn as fuel.
3. Canola Oil
Using the wrong type of oil can keep you from losing that last 10 pounds and put a halt to any results you might see. If you use canola oil or other vegetable oils, it’s sure to slow down your fat loss efforts and cause you to store unwanted body fat. Canola oil contains hydrogenated oils which cause inflammation throughout the entire body, disrupting your hormones and metabolism.
Also, 90 percent of canola oil is genetically modified (GMO), which means they are hard-wired with pesticides that cause cellular toxicity — destroying your body’s metabolism and overall health.
What to do instead: Replace all vegetables oils with coconut oil and grass-fed butter to boost your metabolism. I always say, butter is your belly’s best friend. Grass-fed butter supports your metabolism because it is high in CLA, and coconut oil supports fat loss because it’s high in MCFA’s. Consuming these two sources of fat will turn your body into a fat-burning furnace!
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