5 Ways You May Be Seriously Screwing Up Your Metabolism
By Brandon Epstein
You could be juicing every day, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and still not be seeing any positive results when it comes to fat loss.
Despite having only positive intentions, you may be making a few key mistakes that are seriously screwing up your metabolism.
Without a healthy functioning metabolism, you are doomed to stay in your current physical state.
Maybe you’re cool with that.
BUT – if you want to improve, then you need to scan through this list of ways most people screw up their metabolism and make sure you are not falling into these all too common traps.
1. You Are Drinking The Wrong Juice
It’s no surprise to hear that we are all about encouraging you to juice at Fitlife.tv, but it needs to be done right. Ever since you were a child, you have been told that fruit juice is healthy, but that’s not always true.
If you are juicing from home and making your juice with 80% vegetables and 20% fresh fruits, then yes, you are probably in good shape.
If you are buying store bought juice, then you are in a whole world of trouble.
Most store bought juice has a minimum of 30 grams of sugar per 8 ounces and is made with one main intention… That intention is that it tastes super sweet. When that is the main intention for the juice you are drinking, you can guarantee it’s going to have a ton of excess sugar and other harmful ingredients thrown into it.
Mark my words. Drinking generic fruit juice is NOT healthy.
Do your own juicing or buy fresh juice that has a maximum of 20% fruit in the recipe.
2. You Are Eating The Wrong Oils
You would think that vegetable oil is healthy, right?
Not necessarily. Most vegetable oils like Canola oils are full of GMO’s and hydrogenated oils.
These types of oils can destroy your metabolism and sabotage your overall health as well.
What can you do instead?
Stick to cooking with coconut oil. It’s one of the most nutrient rich superfoods on the planet and will help facilitate fat loss.
3. You Are Eating The Wrong Nuts
Peanuts and peanut butter are everyone’s favorite guilt-free treat.
Guilt-free… not so fast.
Peanuts are one of the most common foods people have food allergies towards and are notorious for being high in toxins called aflatoxins. These aflatoxins can wreak havoc on your gut and sometimes lead to leaky gut syndrome.
Instead of peanuts and peanut butter, stick to almonds and almond butter. The healthy fats found in almonds have been shown to promote healthy metabolism function and fat loss.
4. You Are Eating The Wrong Sweetener
Have you opted for a diet soda in the past to avoid the extra sugar?
Many of us have, but research is now showing us that the aspartame in these fake sugars are linked to 92 adverse health effects, including an increase in hunger, leading to overeating.
Most things that seem too good to be true, usually are. Artificial sugars fall into that category.
Stevia has not been shown to have any negative health effects yet, but I would still play it safe and stay away from artificial sugars.
Rather than sabotaging your metabolism with fake sugars – intentionally choose to eat sugar. When you want to have a piece of cake, have a piece of cake, but choose to do it intentionally and in moderation.
5. You Are Eating The Wrong Energy Bars
There are a lot of energy bars that are branded as healthy, but in reality are full of toxic ingredients that could sabotage your gut health and overall metabolism.
Here is a rule you should follow when it comes to energy bars.
Only eat bars with 10 grams of sugar or less.
Only eat bars with ingredients that you are familiar with.
Only eat bars that are are free of wheat and grains.
Your perfect bar should be mostly full of natural ingredients like nuts, seeds, dried fruit and some sort of organic protein source.
Now that you have an idea of what could potentially be screwing up your metabolism – take a quick inventory of what you have been eating lately and see what you can switch up going forward.
Brandon Epstein is a former college football player, turned professional fitness model and serial entrepreneur. These days he spends his time helping people look great and feel awesome over at ZenDudeFitness.com. He can also be found hosting the Zen Dude Fitness Podcast where he’s always looking for new ways to make fat loss fun, simple and efficient for everybody.
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