Is there anything more frustrating than looking in the mirror and not seeing any results? You may be exercising and trying to eat healthy, but are you doing it correctly? Often times, you may think what you are eating is good for you, but that may not be the truth. According to Dr. Josh Axe, these foods you thought to be healthy can actually be full of bad ingredients that slow the metabolism and prevent weight loss. When trying to lose weight, make sure you know which foods boost the metabolism and which don't. Read Dr. Axe's findings below!
1. Fruit juice: Contrary to popular belief, fat isn’t the first thing that will make you fat. Nope, 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! Apple juice may sound healthy, but some manufacturers turn apples into juice by adding in sugar, food coloring and flavorings. That is the apple juice you buy today. One 8-ounce glass of fruit juice contains 30 grams of sugar, where 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. Learn more about disguised sugar here.
The fix: Sip on metabolism-boosting drinks instead. To replace fruit juice we recommend making homemade lemonade by mixing real lemon juice, water and stevia. Kombucha is another great option (nature’s sports drink!).
2. Whole grains: Whole grains may be the #1 offender when it comes to ruining your metabolism and weight loss efforts. 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 can cause inflammation, 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.
The fix: Eat more fruits and veggies 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 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.
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