Let’s be completely honest – being on a diet is no fun. And staying healthy isn’t exactly easy. Cutting back on the unhealthy foods, eating enough of the metabolism boosters, and trying to find that balance every day.
But you know what makes it worse? When you sabotage yourself!
Now, we know you’re not doing it on purpose. In fact, you think you’re eating really well. But if you’re eating too much of these 6 foods you are sabotaging your diet goals.
Because even though these foods should be healthy, they might not be the metabolism boosters you thought they were.
6 shocking belly-fat-boosting no-nos
Hold onto your hat, because this list is bound to shock you. Each of the foods on it are ones we’d normally put in the “healthy” category.
But the truth is, no matter how healthy these foods are, if you’re eating too much of them they can quickly become the exact opposite of metabolism boosters.
Following are 6 healthy foods that can cause you to pack on the pounds if you’re not careful (remember, moderation is the key!)…
Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE avocado. Their health benefits are amazing. If you eat a reasonable amount of avocado, they are a metabolism booster. In fact, they can help you shrink belly fat!
So why are the on the list? Well, the problem is more and more of us aren’t eating a reasonable amount. Avocados have finally gotten the reputation they deserve for being an insanely healthy food. But now people are starting to forget just how high in calories they actually are. A whole avocado can have as much as 350 calories!
So use avocado in moderation (one a day is great… three is probably far too many) as part of a healthy diet to keep it a metabolism booster instead of a metabolism buster.
2. Dried fruit:
A fresh apricot is a delicious snack. It’s healthy, it takes the edge off your sweet tooth, and it’s just big enough to be satisfying. But a dried apricot, on the other hand, is gone in a couple bites.
So, naturally, you end up having a handful. Often many more than just one, because it’s healthy, after all.
And that’s a problem, no matter what fruit you’re talking about. Because now, your healthy, delicious snack is bigger than it should be – which means more calories and sugar – so you’re watching the scale move the wrong way, even though think you’re eating well.
3. Gluten-free foods:
Going gluten-free is a great choice for many of us! That is until you start replacing naturally gluten- free products with prepackaged gluten-free ones.
Remember just because something is marked gluten free that DOESN’T make it healthy. After all a gluten free cake is still a cake. Besides, the truth is prepackaged foods are going to be loaded up with things to make them taste better and keep them shelf stable. By the time you’ve replaced the gluten with the ingredients that allow you to not miss the gluten, you’ve added calories (and chemicals and preservatives) that aren’t good for your waistline or your health.
We warned you the foods on the list would shock you. Even the ultimate in healthy foods can be a belly buster. The leafy greens you start your salad with are fine. It’s all the other stuff that we pile on top of a salad that earns it its spot on this list.
By the time you’ve added piles of cheese, croutons, bacon crumbles, and creamy salad dressing, those leafy greens have been buried so deeply you’ve lost the health benefits of having a salad!
Like avocado, – when you eat the right amount. It’s just that, once again, too many folks are overdoing them
They’re small, delicious, and way too easy to just keep eating. At which point, they become a healthy food that’s making you fat.
For a fun way to keep track of how many nuts you’re eating, fill a shot glass with them and stick to that. Or choose nuts in the shell. Not only will they slow you down, the pile of empty shells also serve as a reminder of just how many you’ve eaten.
Yogurt can do some major damage to your waistline. Sure, plain yogurt is a good healthy choice. But let’s be honest, how many of us actually buy the plain yogurt?
Most folks reach for the sugary flavored yogurts and justify it by telling themselves it’s a healthy choice. But the fact is, that sugar-filled jelly that passes for “fruit” on the bottom (or the side, or the top) is anything but healthy. Suddenly your great-for-you snack has just been and turned it into a calorie bomb.
7 metabolism boosters for balance
But don’t throw in the towel yet. Instead, work these 7 metabolism boosters into your diet…
As a source of healthy, slow burning carbs the “magical fruit” will keep you fuller, longer, but that’s not the reason beans boost your metabolism. It’s all about the protein when it comes to beans.
The protein uses more calories to burn than it takes to burn carbs or fat. And that makes beans not only healthy, but a metabolism booster to boot. In fact, beans are so good for you that some experts (like Healthier Talk Contributor Dr. Joshua Levitt) say you should eat at least a serving of them every day.
2. Bone broth:
Possibly the least well-known entry on this list, bone broth (or bone marrow soup) could become your new favorite metabolism booster. It helps support a healthy gut and the absorption of nutrients, which is vital for a healthy metabolism. Plus, it just tastes yummy!
Want to know more? Here, America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist—and Healthier Talk Contributor—Suzy Cohen shares her take on bone marrow soup.
3. Cruciferous vegetables:
Even if you don’t know them by this name, you know these vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and cabbage are all cruciferous veggies.
Between the type of fiber they contain, and the vitamins found in them, these types of vegetables have been shown to actually increase your body’s metabolic rate after people eat them!
Here’s a secret – egg whites are a metabolism booster. Here’s another secret – so are egg yolks. So you don’t have to split them up any longer. And new studies indicate that eating a couple eggs every now and then may actually help your cholesterol levels, rather than hurt them.
5. Green tea:
Green tea is such a metabolism booster that, according to some studies, simply adding it to your regular workout routine is enough to help you lose even more weight. Researchers say the compound EGCG has significantly boosts metabolism, and green tea is packed with it. And the best part is you can get the results from hot or iced green tea, so drink it whichever way you prefer and still reap the benefits.
It turns out a number of delicious spices are metabolism boosters too. Start with spices that are, well, spicy, like chili peppers, garlic, curry, and black or cayenne pepper. But don’t have to stop there. Try cinnamon and ginger, too. Even mustard can help rev up your metabolism. So apply your favorite spices liberally – or even try a new one. You may find a new flavor you love.
Arginine helps your body burn fat and build lean muscle mass. And watermelon is an excellent source of arginine!
Summer’s just around the corner. Add a slice of watermelon to your lunch every so often and feel even better at the beach.
Remember no matter how healthy a food is it can become a problem if you eat too much of it. Calories count, even if they come from healthy foods.
But there are also many, many delicious foods that can be metabolism boosters when eaten wisely in moderation. So think first – and then enjoy!