You’ve been there, done that. It feels like you have been on every single diet on the planet! But yet, that scale won’t budge an inch.
Don’t give up yet! The fact is, it may not be that your diet is wrong but rather, the foods you are consuming don’t quite fit with getting you leaner.
When it comes to seeing optimal fat loss results, your metabolism is going to dictate the results that you get. If you have a strong metabolism that’s running high all throughout the day, you’ll be torching calories quickly, seeing optimal rates of fat burning taking place.
If, on the other hand, you have a metabolism that’s running at about the same pace as a turtle, you’re going to find that reaching your fat loss goals feels like mission impossible….
The good news is that what you eat can have a huge role on your metabolic rate. Curious which foods may be hindering your progress?
Check out the following five foods that are destroying your metabolism and crushing your fat loss potential.
By now you likely know that fruit, for the most part, is healthy. Sure, you should probably avoid eating it all day long because it still does contain sugar, even though it is natural sugar, but this said, 2-3 pieces per day with breakfast and lunch are a wise addition to any diet.
Fruit is also high in fiber, which can help better manage your cholesterol and heart disease risk as well.
You know what isn’t high in fiber though? Fruit juice. Too many people down glass after glass of fruit juice, which only sets them up for weight gain and metabolic distress.
Fruit juice lacks the dietary fiber that fruit provides and is also loaded with sugar and calories. In fact, one 8 oz. glass of fruit juice contains nearly 30 grams of sugar – just as much as you’d find in any soft drink.
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Another food that will really do your metabolism in is bread. White bread, ‘whole wheat’ bread, or bagels – they all come from the same place: wheat.
Wheat is problematic for the body as it’s stressful on our digestive system and can lead to a number of unwanted side effects such as bloating, gas, and headaches. Those who are gluten intolerant may find they feel downright miserable after eating bread on a regular basis.
A high bread consumption is also linked with increased inflammation, which can increase your risk factor for disease.
Go with Ezekiel bread instead.
Any Food With Trans Fats
Next up on the hit list is not just one food, but a whole category of food. This is any food that contains trans fats. These are man-made fats, which are typically found in foods like donuts, pastries, fast food, frozen foods, and in some snack foods as well.
Trans fats will increase your risk factor for cancer and are not needed by the body in any way. All they are going to do is clog up your system and decrease the efficiency of your metabolism, resulting in weight gain.
If you see the words ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oil’ on any food label, know that that is not a wise choice to put into your body.
The next item on the ‘metabolic hit list’ so to speak is artificial sweeteners. Sure, you get it, sugar is bad…
So you figure, why not replace those with their calorie-free alternatives?
Because the issue with these is that while they may satisfy your sweet tooth without calories, they are not natural for your body and are not properly processed like real food is.
Studies have shown that those who consume diet soda in their meal plan are more at risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes, despite the fact these beverages really have no influence on your blood sugar levels.
Those who consume these artificial sweeteners typically crave sugar rich foods more often, thus it can also make it harder for you to stick with your diet.
For optimal metabolic health, just cut them out entirely.
Finally, the last food that you’ll want to avoid if maximizing your metabolism is a goal is any form of dairy product. Our body is not designed to break down and digest cow’s milk (or any dairy for that matter), so it’s going to wreak havoc on your metabolism and digestive system.
If you need that glass of milk, try some unsweetened almond or coconut milk instead. If you are worried about lacking calcium, don’t be. There are plenty of healthy alternatives.
Are any of these foods appearing in your diet plan? If so, it’s time that you got them off for good.