As I said many times, a slow metabolism is one of the reasons you can’t lose those extra pounds that worry you.
The sad truth is that metabolism slows down as you age.
However, there’s still something to do in order to stay fit and not let your body store everything you eat.
On the other hand, there are some foods that actually slow down metabolism.
So, check our list of foods that slow down your metabolism and stop you from losing weight and try to avoid it.
9 Foods that Slow Metabolism:
1. Fruit and Vegetables High in Pesticides
Scientists proved that chemicals, such as pesticides which are used on fruit and vegetables can affect your metabolism and slow it down.
Those chemicals also slow down the process of burning fats.
In addition, some pesticides may cause obesity.
Some of the food which contains pesticides is strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, and celery.
Tip: Buy organic products. If you can’t find organic products, you should wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly and then peel them as well.
2. Foods High in Sugar
It’s well known that food rich in sugars is not good for your health, nor for your figure.
Many products which are labelled as ‘sugar-free’ contain sweeteners that are bad for your health.
When it comes to your metabolism, the best thing to do is to avoid sugar, not only in chocolates, cakes, and pastry but also in fruit juices.
A glass of supermarket apple juice contains about 30 g of sugar.
Tip: Use stevia as an alternative to sugar.
3. Bread, pasta
Processed carbs, like bread, pasta, and rice go easily through your digestive system.
This means that your body doesn’t need to try hard to process them, so your metabolism doesn’t work and it slows down.
Also, these ingredients have high nutritious value and lots of calories.
Tip: You should not eat these foods too often, and if you can’t resist them then you should replace them with products made of whole wheat flour.
4. Vegetable oils
Sunflower, corn, rapeseed, and soy oil are bad for your metabolism because they are obtained from processed ingredients in industrial processes.
These oils are rich in omega- 6 fatty acids that may cause various inflammations in your body.
Tip: Use olive or coconut oil instead.
Margarine is made from vegetable oils which are obtained by the chemical separation process which involves chemical solvents.
The high temperature during processing the oils destroys vitamins and antioxidants allowing free radicals, which can produce big damage to the cells and increase the risk of cancer, to appear.
Then, in the hydrogenation process, the liquid oils change by using nickel as a catalyst, and the rest of the chemicals used in the process stay in the product.
So, margarine can slow down your metabolism significantly.
Tip: If you can’t imagine breakfast without margarine, try to find an organic one.
6. French fries
Although potatoes prepared this way are tasty, the impact they have on your health is very bad.
Numerous studies show a strong relationship between French fries and weight gain.
No wonder, since French fries have a lot of calories and 99% are fats and sugars.
French fries are fried in hydrogenated oils and because of that is loaded with trans-fat which slow down your metabolism.
Tip: Eat boiled potatoes instead of fried ones. It’s a much better solution for your organism.
7. Granola bars
Granola bars are often mentioned as healthy food, but actually, they are an ‘unhealthy healthy food’.
Although they are made of oats, granola bars are very bad for your metabolism.
They are loaded with sugar, high – fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and preservatives.
Tip: Look at the ingredients. If bars have a lot of sugar or corn syrup, avoid them. Eat a banana instead.
8. Farmed beef
Non-organic meat products, like farmed beef, can slow down your metabolism.
The reason for that is the antibiotics they give to animals which have a bad effect on the gut bacteria.
Also, if you intake a lot of meat proteins you may disrupt the balance of the gut bacteria which leads to slowing down your metabolism.
Tip: Eat organic meat. Try to intake high – protein foods from non-animal sources, too.
Although red wine can bring benefits to your organism, the majority of alcoholic beverages can only bring you a few pounds.
One gram of alcohol has 8 calories (a gram of fat has 9 calories).
Alcohol can decrease your fat burning rate.
Tip: It’s fine to have a drink occasionally, as long as you don’t exaggerate. A glass or two of red wine per week is perfect! And if you want to slim forget about beer.