I’ve shared some ways you can rev up your fat burning furnace before. And I’ve recommended foods which can help kick a sluggish metabolism back into high gear.
But that’s just part of the picture.
To get the most out of your natural metabolism, you need to avoid the things that slow it down, too. And chief among them are metabolism-destroying foods you likely eat every day.
Metabolism slowing foods to ditch from your diet
Remove these five metabolism slowing foods from your diet starting today…
1. Canola oil:
If you thought canola was a healthier cooking oil, you’re not alone. The marketing blitz for canola in the early 70s was remarkable. And we’re still feeling its effects today.
You see, in the late 1950s rapeseed oil—canola oil’s original name—was too toxic for human consumption. But by the 1970s, growers had figured out how to create a less-toxic variety of the cheap crop.
This one had a lower level of the dangerous erucic acid that got it banned in the first place. And marketers quickly gave the oil the new name canola and began pushing it to boost sales.
Fast forward to today and canola is a staple in countless processed foods. Many folks buy it by the jug to use at home too. And that’s a problem because canola is loaded with omega-6 fatty acids.
The Western diet contains far too many omega-6s and far too few omega-3s. This imbalance can cause metabolism slowing, and you end up never feeling quite full. So you eat more, and your body burns less. And as a result, you end up packing on the pounds.
2. Non-organic veggies:
Veggies are good for us. Everyone knows that. But when they’re conventionally grown, using pesticides, they can also come with some unexpected harms.
It turns out the chemicals factory farms spray on non-organic produce could be causing you to gain weight too. Independent studies out of Spain and Canada have linked a build-up of pesticides in the body with a slower metabolism.
Trying to manage your weight? Calorie count isn’t the only reason to cut way back on alcohol. If you’re drinking too much, it can slow your body’s ability to burn fat by up to 73 percent, according to experts.
When you toss back too many drinks, it produces a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. And when acetaldehyde levels start to rise, your body focuses on clearing out the toxin rather than burning fat. In other words, it causes your metabolism slowing.
4. Fruit juice:
Fruit is terrific for you. So a whole glass of fruit juice must be even better… right? Wrong.
Juice can have 20 grams or more of sugar in a single glass. And even worse, there’s nearly no fiber to slow things down.
That means juice sends your blood sugar soaring and your metabolism crashing. Stick to whole fruits instead.
5. Conventionally raised beef:
Cattle raised on industrial farms are typically raised in crowded and filthy conditions. And that makes them prone to all kinds of illnesses.
To combat this problem, they’re regularly pumped full of antibiotics to try to keep them healthy. As well as to plump them up before sale, so they’re worth more.
Plus the cows eat a steady diet of pesticide-laced feed.
That means you could be swallowing traces of those gut-altering drugs and pesticides with every bite of beef. And paying for it with metabolism slowing and a ballooning belly.
Switch to organic, pasture-raised beef instead.
Whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds, or just avoid gaining any more, dropping these five metabolism slowing foods from your diet could help.