Top 10 Metabolism-Killing Foods To Start Avoiding NOW

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Top 10 Metabolism-Killing Foods To Start Avoiding NOW
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Marketing of food products often paints a picture in the mind of consumers that is disconnected from the nutritional reality. Scientific research has highlighted that some foods you were “told are healthy” are actually sabotaging all your efforts in the gym. These foods are slowing down your metabolism and contributing to Metabolic syndrome – a highly dangerous combination of obesity, high blood triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and insulin resistance that now affects around 1 in 3 adults over 50. But it’s not just about your physical appearance: Metabolic syndrome puts you in the high risk category for heart disease and stroke.

If you are really serious about minimalizing these health risks (and losing some excess pounds), you may wish to consider removing the following from your diet ASAP:

1. Soft Drinks

Consuming too much sugar is the main factor that will cause weight gain. [1] Soft drinks are often little more than chemical-laden sugar water! Some of these are promoted as natural juices, but even packaged fruit juice can often be highly processed, contain unhealthful levels of fructose and little remaning in the way of nutrition.

2. Diet Soda

Scientific studies have also linked metabolic syndrome with frequent consumption of beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners. [2] Metabolic syndrome equates with abdominal fat, high cholesterol, and elevated blood sugar – which are all associated with heart disease and diabetes.

3. Whole Grains

Many consider wheat bread as healthy, but many foods made from whole grains are far from helping your metabolism. Whole grains contain three compounds such as gluten, starch, and phytic acid which hurt your metabolism. A study confirmed the positive impact of gluten-free diet on women with metabolic syndrome. [3]

4. Dried Fruits

If food is less processed, there is an assurance that it is healthier. This does not apply to dried fruits, which are much more calorie-dense than fresh ones after the drying process. [4] When mixed into other products such as granola, the calories content of dried fruits combine with the granola’s sugar and fats. That is another diet nightmare!

5. Some Vegetable Oils And Margarines

Brands of vegetable oil and margarine found on supermarket shelves have typically been refined, heated, bleached and damaged beyond repair. Though the FDA’s ban of trans fats and Canada’s ban of partially hydrogenated oils (the #1 source of artificial trans fats in foods) went into effect in 2018 and some other countries have followed suit, millions of people are reported to stil consume trans fats – including the UK, where an outright ban was rejected and a voluntary pledge launched instead. [5]

One study confirmed the metabolic implications of trans-fatty acids, which are also associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. [6]

6. Corn

This highly-glycemic food can cause an unwanted spike in blood sugar and insulin, which can lead to metabolic disaster. Corn is also considered as one of the top food allergens by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Food Allergy Research and Resource Program. [7]

7. Agave Nectar

This proclaimed “miracle health food” is in fact a high-fructose syrup masquerading as nutrition-packed health food. You can’t make this stuff up! Why should you avoid this metabolism-killing disaster at all costs? Agave nectar is mostly fructose, which is a highly-concentrated sugar that contributes to obesity because it creates insulin resistance. [8]

8. Soy Foods

Most soy produced in the U.S. is chemically modified and processed. Ninety-percent of soybeans grown in the country are genetically modified, so most soy protein comes from altered beans. Soy foods contain anti-metabolic factors that interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein. [9]

9. Energy Bars and Energy Drinks

These manufactured foods are often loaded with sugar and other ingredients that cause a major increase in glucose levels – which tells the body to store fat. A study funded by the World Health Organization stated why nutritional bars should not be recommended for children to avoid excess weight and obesity. [10]

10. Pasteurized Dairy

Pasteurization is a process done on milk to kill viruses and harmful organisms. While this of course has rationale, pasteurization also has a negative impact on the milk’s active enzymes, vitamin content, and beneficial bacteria. You need essential fatty acids to keep your metabolism fast throughout the day, however these acids are only found in dairy products that are unpasteurized. [11]

Here are some more tips on preventing slow metabolism, including some very interesting info on intermittent fasting, leptin resistance, and the types of exercise that are best for metabolism, courtesy of Thomas DeLauer:


[1] Malik VS et al. 2006. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain: a systematic review

[2] Lutsey PL et al. 2008. Circulation. Dietary Intake and the Development of the Metabolic Syndrome.

[3] Garcia-Manzanares A et al. (2011) World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology. Resolution of metabolic syndrome after following a gluten free diet in an adult woman diagnosed with celiac disease.

[4] Choose Washington (DC): United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (2011)

[5] Trans fat regulation – Wikipedia.

[6] Dorfman SE et al. 2009. Obesity. Metabolic implications of dietary trans-fatty acids.

[7] Food Allergy Research and Resource Program. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Metabolic food disorders.

[8] Hooshmand S et al. 2014. Journal of Medical Food. Effects of agave nectar versus sucrose on weight gain, adiposity, blood glucose, insulin, and lipid responses in mice.

[9] Chunmei G et al. 2010. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Effect of Soybean Variety on Anti-Nutritional Factors Content, and Growth Performance and Nutrients Metabolism in Rat.

[10] Swinburn BA et al. 2004. Diet, nutrition and the prevention of excess weight gain and obesity. (via web archive).

[11] Bendtsen LQ et al. 2013. Advances in Nutrition. Effect of Dairy Proteins on Appetite, Energy Expenditure, Body Weight, and Composition: a Review of the Evidence from Controlled Clinical Trials

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