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Foods That Slow Metabolism


Today, We’re talking about foods that slow your metabolism.


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Today I want to talk about foods that slow your metabolism.


We always hear that excess weight gain is the result of a slow metabolism.


And while there are other factors…


That statement is mostly true.


You see, gaining weight is also connected to your diet…


But not  in the way you think.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

In fact, the foods there are foods that you’re probably eating right now, thinking that they’re healthy that are damaging your metabolism.


In this video, I’ll reveal  the 6 most common foods that are slowing down your metabolism and causing you to gain unwanted fat.


Now in a previous video, we’ve covered what your metabolism is and ways to tell if your metabolism is slow.


Today, I want to share with you 6  foods that may be slowing your metabolism.


If weight loss is your goal…


You’ll want to reduce your consumption of these 6 foods immediately.


And the first one is…


Refined Carbs


Refined carbs include white flour, white rice, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, sweet desserts, and several breakfast cereals.


They’re high in calories, lack fiber, and can cause massive blood sugar spikes.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

Eating too many refined carbs can lead to overeating due to the immediate rise and fall of your blood sugar, which may increase your risk of obesity.


Refined carbs slow down your metabolism and while they do break down faster your body burns fewer calories when they’re digested.


Replace food high in refined carbs with whole-grain foods such as vegetables, fruits, bread, and grains, as whole grains are rich in fiber.


Fiber improves your metabolism and leaves you feeling fuller for longer.


Food #2…


Sugary Foods


Like refined carbs, eating too many sugary foods can lead to overeating due to the immediate rise and fall of your blood sugar.


Eating too many sugary foods may increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease too.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

It can also cause addiction.


The risk of obesity is the negative effects sugar has on your metabolism.


Some foods high in sugar include low-fat yogurt, sauces, and salad dressing, sports drink, fruit juice, and soda, flavored coffees and teas, cookies, biscuits and cakes, dried and canned fruits, some breakfast cereals, granola bars, and bread.


Reduce your sugar intake by eating naturally sugary foods that have the sweet taste you like but have a low sugar content like fruit, honey, and dark chocolate.


Next up is #3…


Omega-6 Fatty Acids


Now don’t confuse this with Omega-3 fatty acids.


Omega-3 fatty acids help with weight loss


While omega-6 fatty acids slow down your metabolism, if consumed too often can cause weight gain.


Omega-6s are essential, but our modern diet is full of them and we consume way too much.


Omega-6 fatty acids include foods such as butter, pork products, chicken thighs, cookies, and more.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

Foods high in omega-6 fatty acids can promote inflammation and may increase your risk of obesity.


It can also promote insulin resistance and resistance to leptin, a hormone that alerts your body that you are full.


Reduce your intake in omega-6 fatty acids and substitute it with omega-3 fatty acids like olive oil, flaxseed oil and fatty fish such as salmon.


Food #4 is


Conventional Produce


Conventional produce is food contaminated with pesticides, hormones, fertilizers, or antibiotics, which can lead to a slower metabolism.


It may seem that eating fruit and vegetables is a healthy option but if it is not organically produced, it may cause you to gain weight.


Be sure to wash all fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eating it.


Food #5 is…


Farmed Beef


Indulging too often in beef from non-organically farmed cattle can seriously impact your metabolic rate.


Often, non-organically farmed cattle are treated with antibiotics or hormones, which can harm your good gut bacteria.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

This change in gut bacteria can slow down your metabolism and cause an increase in your weight.


Reduce your intake of farmed beef and replace it with plant-based foods or organically farmed and grass-fed beef for a regular and healthy digestive system.


And finally food #6 is…




While a glass of your favorite wine may be a great way to end your day.


Drinking too much alcohol at once may slow your metabolism.


It is recommended that women drink no more than one glass and men drink no more than two glasses of alcohol daily.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

More than this can have a major impact on your metabolic rate.


Alcohol is high in calories, which decreases your body’s fat-burning ability, causing you to gain weight.


This is a red flag for your digestive system because it concentrates on removing the toxic waste first before the process of catabolism, resulting in slow metabolism.


Drinking alcohol also negatively affects your blood sugar, which leads you to crave other sugary foods.


My suggestion?


Do your best to limit or completely eliminate these foods from your diet and replace them with the following foods…


Protein-Rich Foods


Protein-rich foods such as dairy, eggs, fish, grains, legumes, meat, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, may help improve and boost your metabolism.


Protein-rich foods require your body to release more energy because the process of digestion takes longer, which increases your metabolism and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

This process is known as the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF), or Diet-Induced Thermogenesis (DIT).


On the other hand, foods high in carbs and fats slow down your metabolism because it is high in sugar, and sugar spikes your blood sugar.


When this happens, your blood sugar level rises and falls, leaving you feeling hungry again and tired (low in energy).


Foods rich in protein also helps you maintain muscle mass and prevents overeating.


You should also increase your intake of…


Foods Rich in Iron, Zinc, and Selenium


Iron, zinc, and selenium play different roles in your body, but they have the same purpose, regulating and improving your metabolism.


Foods rich in iron, zinc, and selenium such as legumes, meat, nuts, seafood, and seeds, help your thyroid function properly.


Proper functioning of your thyroid gland helps maintain a healthy metabolism.


A diet with too little iron, zinc, or selenium reduces the ability of your thyroid glands to produce adequate amounts of hormones, which slows down your metabolism.


Iron is also an important mineral for growth and development.


Spinach, kale, and other leafy green vegetables are rich in iron, which may also improve your metabolism.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

You can also add Spicy foods to your diet…

Cayenne pepper and chili pepper are commonly used in cuisines such as curries or to give a kick to your meals.


Adding cayenne pepper and chili pepper to your meals may help speed up your metabolism.


Both these spices contain capsaicin, which is a chemical that increases the number of calories and fat you burn, which boosts your metabolism.


Capsaicin may help you maintain or lose weight because it reduces your appetite.


Just be careful, if you’re sensitive to spicy foods it could cause some issues.


I also recommend using Metabolism-Boosting Drinks like…


Water, coffee, and green tea.


All three of these drinks have metabolism-boosting properties.


Water not only naturally improves your metabolism, but it is essential for your well-being and to keep you hydrated.


Drinking lots of water keeps you feeling fuller for longer, which may maintain or reduce your body weight.


Coffee contains compounds like chlorogenic acid, theobromine, and caffeine, which can help speed up your metabolism.

Foods That Slow Metabolism

The caffeine from coffee helps your body burn fat for energy, which is why drinking coffee before a workout is so effective for your workout performance.


And green tea is a good alternative to coffee because it has similar caffeine content, but it’s also packed with other healthy nutrients.


Green tea is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, antimicrobial activity, anticancer effects, and is beneficial for your heart and oral health.


However, the effects of coffee and green tea differ from person to person.


So if you’re not used to either one, start slowly.


Bottom line…


Eating foods that slow down your metabolism can lead to weight gain over time and may have harmful side effects.


It's best to avoid or reduce the 6 foods that slow down your metabolism.


Opting instead for foods rich in protein, iron, zinc and selenium, spicy foods, and metabolism-boosting drinks to your diet to improve your metabolic rate.


Now if you’ve been following us here at Life Renu then you know that we take a very scientific and results-driven approach to nutrition, supplementation, and exercise.


And it all comes down to your body type, your goals and your health.


We offer a wide range of supplements, workout programs, meal plans and more.


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